John Cannon, GISP


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Mr. Cannon is a GIS professional and project lead with over 12 years of experience in natural resource management, conservation science and planning, and GIS analysis. During his time with Marstel-Day, Mr. Cannon has led more than 30 natural resource management projects for the Navy, including prescribed fire management, invasive plant species surveys and control, pollinator habitat restoration and conservation plans, bat acoustic and mist net surveys, insect surveys, and the creation of interpretive signage.

Mr. Cannon has strong technical skills in GIS and GPS, project management, ecosystem management, conservation planning, and species distribution modeling. He assisted staff archaeologists by developing a predictive model of archaeological resources using Maxent. He helped to design and implement a large wildlife survey data collection project for the U.S. Forest Service by incorporating field data sheets into a mobile GPS solution. Mr. Cannon supported the development of hundreds of custom maps for federal clients, designed and implemented field data collection solutions, and developed SDSFIE-compliant GIS data and metadata. Mr. Cannon has provided policy support to the U.S. Marine Corps; organizational and facilitation support services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Strategic Habitat Conservation program; and research, writing, and policy support for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects.

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. Mr. Cannon was 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. 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 and a MEnvMgt from Duke University. While at Duke University, he earned certificates in geospatial analysis and nonprofit management, and has GIS Professional certification (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute. He currently serves on the membership committee of the Society for Conservation GIS.