Rebecca Degagne, M.S.

Geospatial Scientist, Conservation Biologist

Rebecca Degagne joined the Conservation Biology Institute in 2012. As a GIS analyst and biologist, she employs techniques in spatial analysis & modeling, remote sensing, and cartographic design to explore the natural world and help further conservation efforts. Her multidisciplinary background allows her to create sound, scientifically-rigorous analysis products and communicate results through elegant, engaging maps.

Pursuing dual interests in science and art, Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Ecology & Visual Arts from Juniata College (PA) in 2003. During that time she worked as a field biologist, studied ceramics under noted potter and writer, Jack Troy, and had her first introduction to geospatial technology. Over the years, she went on to measure mollusks, sample spiders, identify invertebrates, and track toads. Intrigued by GIS as a conservation tool and interface for analyzing data across multiple disciplines, Rebecca set out to pursue a career in the geospatial sciences.

After a GIS internship with The Nature Conservancy, Rebecca completed a master’s degree with an emphasis in GIS & Remote Sensing at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) in 2007. Her thesis research focused on mapping ecologically-important, monodominant forests in Guyana using satellite imagery.

Prior to joining CBI, Rebecca taught courses in the geospatial sciences for several years at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, where she worked on numerous projects spanning conservation, environmental science, planning, natural resources, and community mapping.

Rebecca lives with her husband, Mike, and their cohort of motley creatures. She continues her exploration of humankind's relationship with nature through clay and exhibits her biological sculpture regionally and nationally.


Maps and Models for West Coast Fisher
Tools to support an interagency fisher biology team in developing and implementing a conservation strategy for the west coast fisher distinct population segment
SKR Habitat suitability model
CBI is teaming up with Riverside County’s Habitat Conservation Agency to create a habitat suitability model for the Stephens’ kangaroo rat (SKR) in Western Riverside and San Diego Counties, the species last stronghold.
USDA Bottomland Hardwood Forest Project
CBI is collaborating with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Farm Service Agency to produce an online application depicting ecological and economic features across Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Mississippi.

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