Janet Nackoney

Associate Research Professor

Janet's research interests lie in the use of geospatial technology for biological conservation applications, land use planning, wildlife habitat modeling and monitoring, food security applications, and information development. Most of her work has focused on Africa. She curently works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on a conservation and land use planning project with the African Wildlife Foundation and has also worked on an agricultural monitoring project in Tanzania. She also helps lead a NASA-funded project focused on building a chimpanzee habitat monitoring system across Central and West Africa with the Jane Goodall Institute. 

Janet was recently featured in a short NASA video explaining how Landsat satellite imagery is being used for land use planning in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape in northern DRC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAPwPKYLsKA

She was also interviewed by The PrimateCast, a primate-oriented podcast series affiliated with Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute in Japan, about her research on bonobo suitability modeling, land use planning, and participatory mapping activities in the DRC: http://www.geog.umd.edu/featuredcontent/1412

Janet has been working at the University of Maryland Department of Geographical Sciences since 2006. Prior to this, she worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) on ecosystem services mapping in Kenya and with the University of Georgia's Natural Resources Spatial Analysis Lab on land use/land cover change mapping using remote sensing. She received both her PhD and Masters degrees from the University of Maryland and a BA in Geography from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  

She serves as Vice President of the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) and co-leads the Washington, DC chapter of SCGIS. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Congo Education Partners (CEP), a non-profit that builds capacity for a small rural college located in northern DRC.

Areas of Interest:
  • Conservation land-use planning
  • Habitat fragmentation, landscape connectivity, and habitat suitability analysis
  • Land use/land cover change and deforestation monitoring
  • Participatory mapping
  • Food security
  • Ph.D (May 2012) Geographical Sciences, Univ. of Maryland
  • MA (May 2007) Geography, Univ. of Maryland
  • BA (May 2000) Geography, Indiana University
International Vice President, Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) (www.scgis.org)
Professional Co-Organizer, Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) Washington, DC Chapter
Professional Capacity Building Committee, Conservation Remote Sensing Network (CRSnet)
International Advisory Board Member, Congo Education Partners (http://www.congoeducationpartners.org/)
  • Janet Nackoney
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Email: jnackone@umd.edu