Terry Arundel is the SBSC Science Data Coordinator and a geographer with the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC), specializing in using geographic information systems, remote sensing, and modeling technologies to analyze complex geospatial and temporal ecosystem research questions.
He received a Masters in Geography from Northern Arizona University and has over 25 years of professional experience in surveying, cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). Terry began his career as a land surveyor in Phoenix, Arizona. During his final year of undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, he was awarded a working internship as a cartographer at the National Geographic Society from a national competition. Later he was employed as a cartographer for the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History. For more than 20 years he has worked exclusively with GIS to analyze complex geographic problems or model spatial relationships. His research interests include geography of the Colorado Plateau, ecological principles that influence the temporal and spatial distribution of wildlife and vegetation, applied spatial statistics and modeling in GIS, and cartography as an art form.
Terry Arundel serves as a USGS Science Data Coordinator and Geographer to provide leadership in geography and geospatial information science and technology (GIS). He is responsible for leadership, management, development, coordination, operation, assuring conformance with agency standards, and informal training within the Center's Geospatial Technology program. He coordinates a cohesive, efficient, anticipatory, and contemporary GIS program in support of natural resource and biological research projects conducted within the Center. This entails program leadership, coordination and conducting project-specific work to support the needs of Center scientists. To accomplish this goal he works closely with Center scientists in all locations, communication and outreach staff, research station and project-specific GIS specialists/spatial analysts, and USGS contacts in other Centers, the Western Regional Office, the Enterprise GIS (EGIS) and Enterprise Applications Center, and the USGS National Center. Finally, Terry provides expert knowledge in geospatial science and technology (GST) methodologies and techniques, including Web-based access and delivery, to other federal, state, and local agencies, and private sector firms.