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Meg Southee

Lead Geospatial Analyst/Programmer

Ontario Northern Boreal

Meg Southee is the Lead Geospatial Analyst/Programmer for the Ontario Northern Boreal Landscape Program.

She works across numerous programs at WCS Canada where her work focusses on harnessing the power of spatial information and writing code to address different research objectives. Using ArcGIS and the Python programming language, Meg develops geospatial tools to facilitate repeatable workflows, and she developed the Ontario Mineral Tracker to provide real-time, up-to-date maps and information about proposed mineral exploration permits to First Nation communities and other residents of Ontario.

Meg has also created a series of science communication products, including interactive dashboards and online surveys for the Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) program, and a series of Story Maps to highlight WCS Canada’s projects through maps in a narrative and visual format.

Meg has worked with GIS technology for over 15 years and served as a board member for the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) for over 3 years. Prior to joining WCS Canada, she completed her Master of Science (Geography) at Queen’s University where her research focussed on using LiDAR data to generate digital elevation models for soil moisture modelling and ecological land classification. She is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret
2021-05-21

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

For freshwater fish, northern Ontario is an aquatic haven.
Constance O'Connor, Meg Southee
Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship
2020-08-05

Peatlands: Vital for carbon storage and stewardship

Peatlands are finally getting some overdue respect.
Justina Ray, Meg Southee
It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands
2020-04-30

It’s time to start paying attention to Canada’s peatlands

We should all appreciate what peatlands do for us.
Meg Southee

, M. Southee
© M. Southee