Madeline Peery

2021 Sustainability Fellow - Inventorying Conservation Lands Through GIS | The Nature Conservancy
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Madeline earned a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy as well as a minor in Geology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While at U-M, Madeline served as a Research Assistant for the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, a group of staff and student research teams working to achieve carbon neutrality across U-M’s three campuses. Madeline researched student behavior and incentives regarding sustainability on campus. Madeline is most interested in the intersection between science and policy, and how policy can affect environmental systems — particularly water resources.  

During the summer of 2021, Madeline worked with The Nature Conservancy to inventory and update New Hampshire’s statewide database of public and conservation lands using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through this work, Madeline was responsible for updating land boundaries and land management information and adding in tens of thousands of acres of new public lands into the database. Additionally, she built relationships with different land trusts and conservation commissions throughout the state and assisted in additional mapping projects for some of these organizations, who do not have GIS capabilities within their organizations. Keeping the database of public lands as up to date as possible helps scientists, local governments, and businesses understand where these conservation lands are, how they are currently being managed, and how they will be affected by climate change.  

Watch Madeline’s presentation here