Michelle Fischer

Biography

EDUCATION

M.S., Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, 2005
Thesis: Extreme Precipitation Events in East Baton Rouge Parish: An Areal Rainfall Frequency/Magnitude Analysis

B.S., Louisiana State University, 2002

Current Position

Team lead for geospatial activities of the Coastal Restoration and Assessment Branch of WARC, including management of dispersed staff and co-location cooperative agreements with the Coastal Protection and Restroation Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana and the Louisiana Division of Administration's Office of State Lands.  Serves as a liaison between USGS and other government agencies (State and Federal) involved in coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana.  Specifically, land change analysis of restoration activities in coastal Louisiana under the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA).  Geospatial Coordinator for the RESTORE Council, which is comprised of the five Gulf states and six federal agencies.  Responsible for program management, staff coordniation/supervision, scope and budget development, MOUs and cost share agreements, and project deliverables.  Participant on the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Landscape Analytical Team, which develops datasets and tools used to evaluate restoration projects impact on a local, hydrologic basin, and coastwide scale.

BACKGROUND

GIS Specialist, IAP World Services, Inc. at the US Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, Coastal Restoration Field Station, Baton Rouge, LA: Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Planning Act (CWPPRA) support (GIS support, including land change analysis for restoration projects within coastal Louisiana, using ESRI ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine software; technical support at meetings across coastal Louisiana); Land change analysis for other coastal restoration projects (Louisiana Coastal Area, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration), Systems data archiving, Climatological support for the Coastal Restoration Field Station.

Spatial Analysis Technician, IAP World Services, Inc. at the US Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, Coastal Restoration Field Station, Baton Rouge, LA:  Historical title research, GIS mapping using ESRI ArcGIS software,  digitizing State owned water bottoms in Louisiana.

Research Associate, Department of Geography and Antropology, Southern Regional Climate Center/Louisiana Office of State Climatology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Conducted climatological research that investigate spurious trends in the United States Climate Division database. Duties include climatological research, GIS mapping, and publication of results.

Research Assistant/Masters student, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana:  Analyzed magnitude and frequency of extreme rainfall events in East Baton Rouge Parish.  Investigated the spatial distribution of extreme rainfall events over East Baton Rouge Parish.  Served as a Teaching Assistant, organized and conducted study sessions, and lectured for professors, when needed.