Rocky Wager


Current Position

Rocky Wager is currently a Geographer with the Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch of the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center co-located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His primary responsibilities include preparation of cartographic products, performing GIS analyses, spatial database creation and design, and assuring quality control for geospatial products developed to support coastal restoration and protection in coastal Louisiana. Provides geospatial expertise support for a multitude of ongoing Louisiana coastal projects and programs.


GISP certified from the GISCI (GIS Certification Institute) with over a decade of extensive professional geographic (RS/GIS) project study analysis experience with state and federal agencies, universities, and private sectors.

GIS Specialist, Five Rivers, LLC at the US Geological Survey, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, co-located at CPRA, Baton Rouge, LA.  Employed advanced RS/GIS applications along with integrating customizable geospatial tools to expedite CPRA employee functions and responsibilities are performed on a daily basis. Remote sensing (RS) was performed using the latest ERDAS Imagine software to analyze, calculate, and subset various geospatial raster datasets. Raster datasets include, but are not limited to, Coastal Change Analysis Program (CCAP), National Landcover Dataset (NLCD), high-resolution Digital Orthophoto Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ's), Landsat TM imagery, and interpolated Digital Elevation Models (DEM's) such as Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR). 

GIS Specialist, IAP World Services, Inc at the US Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center, co-loacted at OCPR, Baton Rouge, LA.  Responsibilities included, but were not limited to, providing RS/GIS support for all divisions, acting as lead RS/GIS analyst for Legal and Land Rights divisions, managing OCPR projects RS/GIS database design, maintenance, and data dissemination, calculating and processing shoreline change analysis, georeferencing numerous coastal Louisiana raster and high-resolution imagery data, and developing highly professional cartographic deliverables. Databases were developed to establish a uniform working environment pertinent to project goals and objectives. Multiple publications, reports, and scientific journals were produced utilizing these data.

GIS Analyst, Ducks Unlimited/Gulf Coast Joint Venture, Lafayette, LA.  Responsibilities included, but were not limited to, applying wetlands classifications using the latest ERDAS Imagine software, geodatabase design and development using ArcGIS 9.2, professional cartographics deliverables using ArcMap 9.2. Field work was conducted to verify bird nests along infrastructure such as terraces, marsh, and berms. Furthermore, RS/GIS strategies, research, and practices were collaborated at a national level. Successful relationships with state, federal, and local agencies were built through collaboration and research.