Christine Wiggins

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Christine Wiggins

Avian Science Center, spatial modeling technician

Personal Summary

I recently graduated with my Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Science from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Minnesota. My graduate research project focused on calculating wildfire risk to structures using FlamMap, ArcMap and ArcFuels. I enjoy bird watching, fly fishing, and backpacking in the Bitterroot Valley.

Research Interests

I started working for the Avian Science Center in August of 2014 working on the Sage Grouse Habitat conservation project. I worked on data management, image retrieval, and image processing for NDVI analysis to extract wetlands for future conservation planning for Sage Grouse habitat. I am currently working on the SONEC (Southern Oregon-Northeastern California) project which involves producing data on rural wetlands, wet meadows, and irrigated pasturelands which provides critical migration and breeding habitat for North American bird species. This area contains 8 of the 18 Key Shorebird Sites and attracts many waterbird breeding populations. Project processes include historical wetland data produced from 1870’s cadastral surveys, agriculture land delineation, and measuring 27 years of spatio-temporal variability in wetland conditions through NDVI analysis of satellite imagery.