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Heather Fischer

Heather Fischer

PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Heather.Fischer@asu.edu

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Titles

  • PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Biography

Heather is a Geography PhD student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She studies citizen science and the implementation of citizen science program in the fields of geography and conservation biology. She specifically focuses on the collection of Volunteered Geographic Information with in citizen science programs. Heather also is interested in how the volunteers of these programs shape the data they collect in these programs. Currently, Heather is working with Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska to develop a mobile application based citizen science program. This application will allow park visitor to collect wildlife data and in turn this data will be used in conservation planning in the park. With this project Heather hopes to address some of the ongoing issues in the realm of citizen science including; the impact of local knowledge (or lack thereof) on the outcomes of a program, data accuracy, and implementation of citizen science in long-term protected area planning.

Heather was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child she explored the plethora of National Parks and Utah. Currently she splits her time between the deserts of Arizona and the tundra of Alaska. When Heather is not doing research, she is often teaching, guiding hikes, and volunteering on campus. In her free time, she likes to rock climb, do yoga, hike, and hang out with her dog.

Education

  • MA, Anthropology (minor in geographical information systems), Texas Tech University, 2013
  • BA, History (minor in anthropology), University of Utah, 2008

M.G. Marcus Memorial Fellowship, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, 2015

Lounsbury Travel Award, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, 2014

2nd Place in Social Science Category, Graduate Student Poster Competition, Texas Tech University, 2013

University Graduate Fellowship, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, 2013

Special Recognition in Archaeology Poster Category, Texas Academy of Science Conference, 2013

Dean's List, University of Utah, 2008