Amber Wittner

As GIS Coordinator & Geospatial Systems Architect for the Geology Minerals Energy and Geophysics Science Center, Amber supports geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, biologists, and other scientists that work on issues related to geologic processes and mineral and energy resource potential, across GMEG offices in the western United States.


Since joining the USGS in Menlo Park, Amber has lead an effort to architect and implement initial phases of a cloud-based Enterprise GIS - for use by geologic mappers within the FEDMAP arm of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. Additionally, she focuses on building capacity within the local geologic mapping community by hosting webinars/training on the use of mobile and online GIS technologies and integrates geologic mappers by facilitating collaborative sites that foster cross-pollination on national geologic mapping projects.

Amber received an MS in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Redlands and a BS in Earth Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In the years prior to joining the USGS, Amber worked for the US Forest Service, NASA, and the USDA Farm Service Agency where she performed duties of a GIS Coordinator, Database Manager, Geospatial Engineer and Program Technician. Her main passion for geospatial technologies stem from disaster response. During her time with the US Forest Service she also worked with the Region 5 Office and R5 Fire and Aviation GIS Lab and holds incident command fire qualifications for Air Resource Advisor (ARA), GIS Specialist (GISS) and Infrared Interpreter (IRIN). In addition to collaborating on/building geospatial workflows and solutions, Amber enjoys a strong cup of coffee, 3D visualization and web GIS topics.


Professional Experience:

  • 2018 - present, GIS Coordinator & Geospatial Systems Architect, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA
  • 2014 - present, Geospatial Technologies Instructor (part-time adjunct), Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
  • 2015 - 2018, District GIS Coordinator & Database Manager, U.S. Forest Service - Lassen National Forest, Fall River Mills, CA
  • 2014 - 2015, Geoinformatics Fellow, NASA DEVELOP, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • 2014 - 2014, GIS Specialist (part-time), Stanford University Geospatial Center, Stanford, CA
  • 2013 - 2013, GIS Technician, Contractor for Apple Inc, Cupertino, CA
  • 2010 - 2011, Program Technician, USDA Farm Service Agency, Templeton, CA


  • M.S. Geographic Information Systems with emphasis in Spatial and 3D Analysis, University of Redlands (2012)
  • B.S. Earth Science with a concentration in Climate Change Studies; minors: Geology and Geography, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2010)


  • National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group - qualified resource
  • National Infrared Operations, USFS, Boise, ID
  • Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program, USFS, Washington D.C.
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), GIS Corps & BayGeo Chapter Member