John Cannon, GISP


Mr. Cannon is a Project Manager, Biologist, and GIS professional with over 14 years of experience in natural resources management, field ecology, ecosystem restoration, conservation planning, and GIS analysis. As a Project Manager, Mr. Cannon manages project teams, client relationships, and project execution and delivery, ensuring adherence to the scope of work, workplan, schedule, and high-quality project outcomes. During his time with Marstel-Day, Mr. Cannon has conducted 60+ natural resources management projects, including prescribed fire management, invasive plant species surveys and control, pollinator habitat restoration and conservation plans, forest inventories and forest management plans, avian surveys, bat acoustic and mist net surveys, insect surveys, and the creation of interpretive signage.

Mr. Cannon has strong technical skills in GIS and GPS, ecosystem management, habitat restoration, conservation planning, and species distribution modeling. He has helped to restore six sites to pollinator-beneficial habitat by assessing and restoring soil conditions, controlling invasive plant species, planting native pollinator species, and conducting post-planting assessments and taking adaptive management action to ensure the success of the restoration project. 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 an integrated field/GPS tablet solution. Mr. Cannon has 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 environmental 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 previously an ORISE Fellow with the Army Environmental Command, working with nonprofit environmental organizations like The Nature Conservancy to conduct large-scale ecosystem restoration on the lands surrounding Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall to benefit the red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) and other species native to the Sandhills region. Restoration efforts included conservation forestry, conducting over 30 prescribed burns, planting longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) seedlings, and collecting wiregrass (Aristida stricta) and other native warm-season grass seeds for restoration of newly protected sites. Mr. Cannon has also worked as a Biological Science Technician with the National Park Service to conduct surveys and monitoring for the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) and to conduct invasive plant control efforts for baby's breath (Gypsophila paniculata), purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), and Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense).

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.