Hanna L. Ford
Senior Research Assistant
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
(CAST)-Center For Advanced Spatial Technologies
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
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