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Hanna L. Ford

Hanna L. Ford

Research Assistant

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(CAST)-Center For Advanced Spatial Technologies

Phone: 479-575-6159

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Hanna Ford is a full-time Research Assistant with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, specializing in spatial analysis, multi-criteria spatial decision support, and landscape-level planning. Many of her projects include extensive research on computational efficient and transformable methods for integrating policy and geospatial data for more informed decision making and planning. These projects typically involve coordination among multiple agencies, institutions, or units;  event planning and hosting; and establishing frameworks for the development of external-facing websites.

Current research interests include the following:
1) Development and optimization of geospatial quantification and estimation of relevant land cover changes as related to the monarch butterfly in the central United States, development of processes that will identify Important Pollinator Areas (IPAs) and establishing High-Priority Pollinator Areas (HPPAs) as a guide for future conservation action. This project is funded by the BASF Corporation.

2) Integration of geospatial concepts and learning objectives into existing curriculum within primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions supporting the development of a workforce with more diverse, and job-specific, technical skills for local industry and government employment. This work is being completed in collaboration with four U of A System Community Colleges, funded by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about OPENGATE: https://cast.uark.edu/opengate/

3) Support of monarch and pollinator objectives within Arkansas, regionally, and nationally through data and information sharing through the Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership working group, collaboration and synergistic activity through the NIFA-funded Multistate Research Project "NC1205: Monarch Butterfly Conservation," and through assistance and presentations to regional and national groups working toward monarch and pollinator conservation.

B.A. Liberal Arts, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

M.S. Geography, Unversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Ph.D. Geosciences, Unversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville, expected May 2020

Cothren, Jack, Brian Culpepper, Hanna Ford, Mark Cooper, Pam Cooper, Luis Hernandez, and Mike Sullivan. “Arkansas Resource Assessment Project.” Powerpoint presented at the Arkansas GIS Users 11th Biennial Symposium & Training, Bentonville, AR, September 1, 2011.
Cothren, Jackson, Brian Culpepper, Pam Cooper, Luis Hernandez, Mike Sullivan, Hanna Ford, and Mark Cooper. “State Resource Assessment of Arkansas: GIS Methodology (Phase I).” Fayetteville, AR: Natural Resources Conservation Service and Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, September 30, 2011. http://raar.cast.uark.edu.
———. “State Resource Assessment of Arkansas: GIS Methodology (Phase II).” Fayetteville, AR: Natural Resources Conservation Service and Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, September 30, 2013. http://raar.cast.uark.edu.
Culpepper, Brian, and Hanna Ford. “State-Level Resource Planning Using Raster Analysis.” PowerPoint presented at the 12th Biennial Arkansas GIS Users Forum Symposium and Training, Rogers, AR, September 12, 2013.
Ford, Hanna. “Multi-Criteria Decision Support for Statewide Habitat Degradation Assessment.” PowerPoint presented at the 2013 Esri International Users Conference, San Diego, California, July 10, 2013. http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc13/index.html.
Ford, Hanna, Brian Culpepper, and Andrew James. “Where Are All the Ducks? Satellite Mallard Tracking Using ArcIMS.” ArcUser Magazine (ESRI Inc), 2006.
Ford, Hanna L. “Analysis of Monarch Butterfly Habitat Change throughout the Central United States - Planning Phase.” PowerPoint presented at the Living Acres Research Symposium, San Antonio, TX, February 27, 2017.
———. “Analysis of Monarch Butterfly Habitat Change throughout the Central United States - Preliminary Results.” PowerPoint presented at the Keystone Policy Center: Monarch Collaborative Steering Committee Meeting, Washington D.C., August 8, 2017.
———. “Towards Quantifying Relevant Land Cover Change in the Central Flyway of the Monarch Butterfly.” PowerPoint presented at the Arkansas GIS Users Forum 2017 Training and Symposium, Fayetteville, AR, November 11, 2017.
Ford, Hanna, Tracy Moy, and Scott Lane. “Orientation to Arkansas GIS for New Users.” Workshop presented at the Arkansas GIS Users Forum 11th Biennial Symposium and Training, Bentonville, AR, August 29, 2011.

2017 - Current Research Assistant; Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, Unversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville

2012-2017 Public Information Specialist; Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, Unversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville

2010-2012 Technical Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant; Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, Unversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville

1999-2010 Spatial Data Analyst; Wildlife Management Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock Arkansas

2000-2001 GIS Technician; Institute for Economic Advancement, GIS Applications Laboratory, University of Arkansas-Little Rock