Geospatial Program Manager
Susan joined the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center as a Geospatial Program Manager in February 2019. She manages projects that aim to improve the health of Chesapeake Bay watershed through precision landscape conservation utilizing high resolution datasets and analysis.
Before joining the Conservancy, Susan Minnemeyer was the GIS Manager for Global Forest Watch (GFW), an initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. Susan led the development of novel online mapping applications for GFW and WRI’s Forest Program, including GFW Fires, an application for monitoring and responding to forest and land fires using near real-time information. Previously she developed Southern Forests for the Future, a mapping application for forests of the Southeastern US, and was the lead GIS project manager for WRI’s Forest Atlas Series, leading mapping for five Congo Basin countries and for Indonesia.
She earned a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke University, concentrating on Resource and Landscape Ecology. She earned a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time outdoors with her family.