John Cannon, GISP

GIS Technician

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Mr. Cannon is a GIS professional and project lead with over 10 years of experience in natural resource management, conservation science and planning, and GIS analysis. Mr. Cannon currently serves as the project lead for several natural resource management projects being carried out for the Navy. These projects include prescribed fire management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, bat acoustic and mist net surveys, insect surveys, and the installation of interpretive signage. Mr. Cannon recently served as the technical lead providing support services for Strategic Habitat Conservation (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Mr. Cannon also provides research, writing, and policy support to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

In addition, Mr. Cannon provides GIS analysis and research support for Air Force Installation Complex Encroachment Management Action Plans (ICEMAPs). Specifically, he focuses on developing compatible land use strategy (CLUS) and encroachment partnering strategies for Air Force installations and important mission assets. Through internal and external interviews, as well as literature reviews, he works to identify and spatially represent existing and potential encroachment challenges and determine potential conservation, working-lands, open-space or habitat partnering solutions to avoid or reduce mission impacts arising from these challenges. While at Marstel-Day, Mr. Cannon has supported the development of over 70 custom maps for federal clients, conducted field data collection, and developed SDSFIE-compliant GIS data and metadata.

Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Mr. Cannon worked as a GIS analyst with the National Audubon Society in Alaska and the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In these positions, he developed a mortality risk assessment for the Alexander Archipelago wolf (Canis lupus ligoni), a species distribution model for the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), and a migratory bird stopover habitat model for the Great Lakes region. Previously, Mr. Cannon worked as an ORISE Fellow with the Army Environmental Command, partnering with nonprofit environmental organizations on Army Compatible Use Buffer Program (ACUB) projects to address encroachment challenges on the lands surrounding Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall. This work involved providing support for real estate transactions, conducting GIS analysis, and developing land management plans. Mr. Cannon has also worked with the National Park Service to conduct surveys and monitoring for the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) and other avian species.

Mr. Cannon earned a BS in biology and environmental science from the College of William and Mary in 2005. He earned a MEnvMgt from Duke University in 2007, as well as certificates in geospatial analysis and nonprofit management, and has GIS Professional certification from the GIS Certification Institute.