Professional Resume


Gloria Desanker is a map nerd and geospatial forester who is passionate about communicating visual narratives around environmental efforts. Gloria has over 10 years of experience performing spatial data, spatial analyses, and using GIS and remote sensing software. As well as creating maps and other visuals to help communicate objectives. Gloria has experience working with environmental and philanthropic non-profits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations. She is passionate about helping others show their interests and passions using data and maps!

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Professional Experience

August 2021 – present

  • Founded Gloria Desanker Consulting LLC (Map Nerd Consulting) in August of 2021
  • Provide GIS, remote sensing, communication, and management services to environmental organizations and grassroots interested in communicating their mission and vision
  • Assisted the 20 member Resilient Landscapes team in their completion and continuation of land conservation, park access, public health, habitat restoration, and carbon stock projects
  • Provided guidance and consultation on specific spatial analysis and cartographic approaches within projects
  • Co-monitored a budget of $500,000 for the Bay Area-based Blue Carbon project
  • Responsible for the co-management of budget allocation, team workload, and deadline prioritization for three large-scale projects with an average team size of seven people
  • Responsible for direct external client relations on 12 high-level projects to foster relationships and communicate technical and creative analyses
  • Contributed to the review and editing of three RFPs
  • Managed a 10 person Life@SFEI committee focused on enhancing staff development and organizational effectiveness

Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) Graduate Fellow; funded by the New York Community Trust

  • Responsible for the collection, analysis and management of mapped tree canopy data for New York City using R, QGIS and PostgreSQL, and investigated street and public tree management legislation
  • Produced a written report and verbal presentation of scenarios of potential tree canopy loss scenarios across community districts to identify regions of vulnerability
  • Attended three national EGA conferences and facilitated two presentations, served on a panel, and published a journal entry on the intersectionality of race, identity and the environment

GIS and Research Experience

June 2016 – November 2018

  • Mapped phenoregions in East Africa using Landsat satellite imagery, R, and Google Earth Engine to analyze regional-scale savanna vegetation phenology
  • Served on the six member Graduate Student Organization (GSO) as the advertising chair for the Forestry Graduate Student Research Symposium “Communicating Science”; addressed graduate and postdoctoral student concerns around inclusion and the academic experience; and assisted with the selection of an incoming tenured-faculty member for the department
  • Created, planned, and organized a two-week Women in Forestry poster series to recognize and educate about the under-representation of women and especially women of color in the forestry and environmental fields

June – August

  • Responsible for the collection, processing, management and analysis of spatial data to monitor the spread of Phymatotrichopsis root rot (PRR) or Cotton Root Rot in agricultural fields of alfalfa
  • Contributed research to a publication: Mattupalli, C., Moffet, C. A., Shah, K. N., & Young, C. A. (2018). Supervised classification of RGB aerial imagery to evaluate the impact of a root rot disease. Remote Sensing, 10(6), 917.
  • Assisted with GIS and remote sensing approaches, in-field data collection, and management of field equipment

Software Competencies

Logos of software competencies including: R and RStudio, ESRI and ArcGIS, Git and Githun, Google Earth, Google Earth Engine, Javascript, DBeaver, SQLite, QGIS, Python and arcpy, and Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft Office: proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive, Sharepoint, Power BI

Google Drive suite: proficient with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Calendar

Esri GIS Products: proficient with ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS StoryMaps

Publications and Presentations

Desanker, G. & Fety, L. (2021) Remote Sensing for Forest Based Impact Metrics [White paper]. The Conservation Fund.

Desanker, G. (2021). Difficult Conversations Part II: Identity, Diversity and Inclusion. Presented at the 2021 Menlo College Resident Assistant Training, Atherton, CA.

Desanker, G. (2020). Difficult Conversations Part II: Identity, Diversity and Inclusion. Presented at the 2020 Menlo College Resident Assistant Training, Atherton, CA.

Desanker, G., Dahlin, K. M., & Finley, A. O. (2020). Environmental controls on Landsat‐derived phenoregions across an East African megatransect. Ecosphere, 11(5).

SFEI (2020). Identifying Suitable Rearing Habitat for Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Publication #972, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA.

SFEI (2020). Delta Landscapes Scenario Planning Tool User Guide. Version 1.0.0. Funded by the Delta Stewardship Council. SFEI Publication #985, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA.

Whipple, A.A., Grantham, T., Desanker, G., Hunt, L., Merrill, A., In preparation. Chinook Salmon Habitat Quantification Tool: User Guide (Version 1.0). (2019) Prepared for American Rivers. Funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant (#69-3A75-17-40), Water Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund. A report of SFEI-ASC’s Resilient Landscapes Program, Publication #953. San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA.

Desanker, G., Whipple, A.A., Grantham, T., Hunt, L. (2019). Chinook Salmon Habitat Quantification Tool: Sensitivity Analysis Technical Memo. SFEI Publication #952. San Francisco Estuary Institute-Aquatic Science Center, Richmond, CA.

Desanker, G. (2019). Intersectionality of Race, Identity and the Environment Panel. Presented at the EGA Retreat, Chicago, IL.

Desanker, G. (2018). The Importance of Representation in the Environmental Field. Presented at the EGA Retreat, Asheville, NC.

Desanker, G. (2018). Dispari-trees between Community Districts in NYC. Published in the Reflections 2018 EFP Journal.

Desanker, G. (2018). GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing. Presented at MSU, East Lansing, MI. 

Desanker, G., & Kress, M. (2018). The View from Above: Google Earth Engine and Satellite Imagery. Presented at MSU Science Festival, East Lansing, MI.

Desanker, G. (2018). Introduction to using and applying Google Earth Engine. Presented at the UNFCCC Advancing National Adaptation Plans (NAP) Expo 2018, Remote.

Desanker, G. (2017). Introduction to using and applying Google Earth Engine. Presented at the Greening of Detroit Green Corps, MSU, East Lansing, MI.Desanker, G. (2017). Introduction to using and applying Google Earth Engine. Presented at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs: Institute for Multicultural Students, Multicultural Apprenticeship Program and Michigan Indian Leadership Program, MSU, East Lansing, MI.


2021NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program: Using Google Earth Engine for Land Monitoring Applications
2018Environmental Fellows Program (EFP), School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan and the Environmental Grantmakers Association, NYC, NY
2018Certificate of Excellence: Completion of MSU’s Race Dialogue series, MSU
2017Forestry GSO Symposium, first place infographic, prize $75, MSU
2017Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management, MSU
2016 – 2017Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantships (AAGA) scholarship, full tuition, MSU
2015Intensive Summer School for Computing in Environmental Sciences certificate of completion, UVA

Mentorship and Volunteer Experience

One-on-one mentoring of other womxn who are interested in growing and developing their professional skills in the geospatial fields.

Providing low cost accessible yoga classes to bring the transformational power of yoga to Black people of the Afrikan Diaspora.

Providing financial analysis, advice, and oversight of SCGIS’s budget.

Providing donation-based accessible yoga classes to help foster a sense of health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit for marginalized groups

Mentoring undergraduate students in the WAVE mentorship program by providing monthly support and advice on networking opportunities, career advancement, and skill development

September 2019 – Present

Co-led activities such as family camps, summer camps and other events throughout the year for Black, Hispanic and Latinx youth, adolescent, adults and families to create leadership and mentorship opportunities in nature

October 2019

Reviewed approximately 20 resumes and provided advice on academic and professional advancement to approximately 15 high school and undergraduate students at the Built By Girls Summit

July 2019

Canvassed Richmond, CA neighborhoods petitioning to end coal and petroleum coke storage and handling at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, ultimately amassing approximately 40 signatures


M.S. Forestry, Michigan State University (MSU), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2016 – 2019

Advisors: Dr. Andrew Finley and Dr. Kyla Dahlin

Thesis: Environmental controls on Landsat‐derived phenoregions across an East African megatransect

B.S. Environmental Science, University of Virginia (UVA), College of Arts and Sciences

2011 – 2015

Advisor: Dr. Herman H. “Hank” Shugart