Gillian Woolmer

Assistant Director with WCS Canada
Member since Mar 8, 2010 (last logged in Feb 27, 2014)
Gillian Woolmer

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Gillian Woolmer is currently the Assistant Director of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada where she leads the Northern Appalachian Program and oversees operational management. Gillian joined WCS Canada in early 2004 following three years at the WCS Global Program headquarters at the Bronx Zoo, New York, where she held the position of GIS Analyst and Lab manager providing GIS support and training to WCS field scientists around the world. With over 15 years experience using GIS, Gillian has collaborated on a diverse array of conservation projects, including deforestation in Sumatra, Sudden Oak Death Syndrome in California, and mandrill habitat use in Gabon, and  the mapping of the global Human Footprint, published in Bioscience in 2002.

Gillian's current research focus is on ecoregional conservation planning in the transboundary Northern Appalachian\ Acadian Ecoregion. Gillian lead a the regional Human Footprint initiative and is a member of the conservation collaborative Two Countries, OneForest that has indentified priority locations for conservation in the region. She is currently a member of the  2C1Forest board and manages the 2C1Forest online mapping atlas ( She is also focused on building capacity for spatial analysis using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) amongst conservation user communities, including NGO's and First Nation communities. Gillian has been a member of the Society for Conservation GIS since 2001, was Chair of the Conference Committee from  2008 to 2010 and is now a member of the Board.

Gillian received her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Geology and Mineral Exploration with extensive field research ranging from the Highlands of Scotland and the mines of central Queensland, Australia to the Atacama desert of Northern Chile. Gillian later graduated with an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the Collage of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from CERC at Columbia University. Gillian also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Human Resource Management.

Prior to her career in conservation with WCS Gillian spent four years working in a number of African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Mali and Eritrea, as a computer geologist in the mineral exploration industry.

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