Chris Soulard has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey since 2002. He is currently a supervisory research geographer working with the Western Geographic Science Center in Moffett Field, CA.
I started my career with the U.S. Geological Survey in 2002 as a student intern and have never looked back, fully embracing my role as a civil servant. For over 20 years, I have had the fortune to work on a wide range of remote sensing into projects focusing on multi-temporal change analyses using Landsat imagery and aerial photography, most notably the Land Cover Trends Project. I have also had many opportunities to expand my research scope, including community vulnerability assessments of tsunami and volcanic lahar hazards in the Pacific Northwest, terrestrial laser scanning to monitor soil and vegetation changes in the Mojave Desert and elsewhere, land-use/land-cover forecasting for the Western United States, and vegetation change analyses using Google Earth Engine cloud computing. My career with the U.S. Geological Survey has afforded me the chance to develop technical geospatial and geostatistical research expertise, as well as soft skills like project management, leadership, and communication. I currently serve as the Principal Investigator of the PLACE Project (Patterns in the Landscape – Analyses of Cause and Effect) and supervise the Ecosystem Dynamics Team.
2020 - present: Supervisory Research Geographer, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2013 - 2020: Research Geographer, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
2002 - 2013: Geographer, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Education and Certifications
B.A. in Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 2003*
*Magna Cum Laude
B.A. in Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 2003**
**Environmental Studies Honors Award
M.A. in Geographic Information Science with emphasis in remote sensing and land cover change, San Jose State University, 2005