Monthly Archives: August 2016

Assistant Data Manager, Sonoran Desert Network Inventory and Monitoring Program

Hi Kristen and Mark,

Thanks again for your time – getting to speak with real, live data managers is incredibly valuable to me.

Speaking to my values and specific tech skills a bit more – these links may add detail:

I’m a big believer in Open Notebook Science to record and reflect on learning and research .

Here’s work on / exploration of Python:


Here’s my coursework blog for my Python GIS coursework at UWF:

Here’s my other one for remote sensing class, it has examples of submitted maps:

I forgot to mention ability to use the Java application Maxent w/ Tom Colson to create species distribution maps in .ASCII form – I made a digitized manual for that here – kind of an example of documentation.

Maxent is how the Smokies was able to create the “likely species distribution map” recently released here:

You don’t actually need supercomputers to create the maps – they just used super computers to do it very quickly and create comparisons between the maps. You can create the maps on a desktop windows or mac that can run Java applications (maxent.jar).

I’m also attaching a syllabus from my most recent class on Geographic Software Design to give you a better idea of the range of mobile applications I’ve had exposure to / training in.

Also Kristen this is the NoSQL tutorial I was following to try and create a data visualization from chemistry data (I never connected the interface to the NoSQL db and ultimately went with Tableau public to create my interactive data visualizations for

I collect the range of tools and applications I come across here:

A core value of mine is continual learning / skill development and I appreciate that your work opportunity supports that goal.



On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:31 PM, Tanner Jessel wrote: > Hi Kristen and Mark,
> Your time and date work for me.
> Looking forward to chatting with you and Mark on Thursday morning. >
> Thanks,
> Tanner
> On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Bonebrake, Kristen
> wrote:
>> Hello Tanner,
>> Mark Isely (the Data Manager for the Chihuahuan Desert Network) and I >> would like to schedule an interview this Thursday, 8/25 at 10am Arizona >> time. Would that time work for you? If not please propose other dates and >> time that would work for you.
>> You’ll call into a conference line with Mark and myself. Please call >> 520-751-6860 when you hear a list of options start press 6, then the >> conference code is 12661.
>> Thank you and look forward to the interview.
>> Kristen Bonebrake
>> Data Manager
>> Sonoran Desert Network
>> 12661 E. Broadway Blvd.
>> Tucson, AZ 85748
>> Phone: (520) 751-6864
>> Email:
>> On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 1:40 PM, Tanner Jessel >> wrote:
>>> Thank you!
>>> It’s a pleasure to submit an application to serve as assistant data >>> manager for the Sonoran Desert I&M network.
>>> Working for NPS I&M group has been my “dream job” guiding me from a >>> B.S. in Ecology to an M.S Information Sciences with a minor in >>> computational science.
>>> From my coursework you can see I loaded up on special environmental >>> information management courses while at UT-Knoxville’s School of >>> Information Sciences. My goal was to develop the data management >>> skills needed by the Park Service. I even designed my own course >>> working with Smokies GIS program manager Tom Colson that resulted in a >>> new map for rangers detailing where highly poached species are located >>> near roads and trails. When a class wasn’t specifically about >>> environmental information, I usually turned class assignments into >>> explorations of my favorite topic: the NPS I&M program.
>>> Along with specialized education – I have experience working for the >>> Park Service as both a volunteer and professional. During my career >>> with the U.S. Geological Survey’s former National Biological >>> Information Infrastructure, I worked with Fred Dieffenbach of the >>> Northeast Temperate Inventory & Monitoring Network to create an online >>> data portal with maps, data, and web apps about the Appalachian Trail. >>> Later, I volunteered with Keith Langdon, retired Great Smoky Mountains >>> N.P. I&M biologist, to craft a land use history dataset for the >>> Smokies using historic air photos. That led to an practicum experience >>> with Smokies GIS guru Tom Colson, who valued my interdisciplinary >>> knowledge of computer science and ecology to create species >>> distribution models. I worked with Paul Super to communicate those >>> efforts in a poster. Jen Williams can point out I’ve donated my time >>> and expertise as Webmaster/ Social Media manager for Partners in >>> Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Shelaine can speak to my >>> communication & tech skills.
>>> Thanks for the opportunity to apply – I’d greatly appreciate a chance >>> to interview.
>>> Please find my resume attached as a PDF.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Tanner
>>> On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Bonebrake, Kristen
>>> wrote:
>>> > Hello Tanner,
>>> >
>>> > Thank you for your interest in the Assistant Data Manager position at >>> > SODN.
>>> > This job opportunity is being offered through the partnership of Tucson >>> > Audubon Society (TAS). Attached is the PD for the posting in TAS. If >>> > you
>>> > have further interest, please send me your resume to review and setup >>> > for
>>> > potential phone interview.
>>> >
>>> > Thank you,
>>> >
>>> > Kristen Bonebrake
>>> > Data Manager
>>> > Sonoran Desert Network
>>> > 12661 E. Broadway Blvd.
>>> > Tucson, AZ 85748
>>> > Phone: (520) 751-6864
>>> > Email:
>>> >
>>> > On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 12:02 PM, Tanner Jessel >>> > wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> Hi Kristen,
>>> >>
>>> >> “Data Manager” with NPS I&M is my “dream” job – I’ve applied to quite >>> >> a few listings.
>>> >>
>>> >> The farthest I’ve gotten was interviewing with Kelly Kozar for her >>> >> assistant data manger job in Hawaii – that was pretty competitive and >>> >> didn’t pan out.
>>> >>
>>> >> Your new post to the I&M list-serv came to me from NETN’s Fred >>> >> Dieffenbach – but I’m not seeing anything with the Park Service in >>> >> Tucson on
>>> >>
>>> >> Is this opportunity open to non-NPS employees?
>>> >>
>>> >> If so, will it be on or somewhere else?
>>> >>
>>> >> Thanks,
>>> >>
>>> >> Tanner
>>> >
>>> >


portland bound?

Hi Helen and Nancy,

I do have electronic versions of all WWETAC Fire Science and Sociology papers –

Just now I shared my electronic library on Mendeley (Nancy this is a really cool online app / desktop software that delivers full text search across all your electronic journal articles – a use case is if you want to quickly find all WWETAC JAs that mention "bark beetle" for example, type in the phrase and you’ll get all the results highlighted like it’s one big PDF).

I’d be happy to pull together and send what I have as .zip file to save your time downloading – three likely issues to note, though:

1. I added highlighting to all of my electronic versions when I went through them to pull out purpose/finding/application;
2. Many are downloaded from Forest Service DigiTop, but a good number I downloaded via my institutional access to Univ. of Tennessee Libraries and are imprinted to reflect that;
3. None of my electronic copies have the Forest Service cover page with Nancy’s and author’s signatures – the ones on my office desk do.

Let me know if I can add any other details – the online Zotero bibliographic database I shared is comprehensive, and it’s worth noting I did find electronic versions for a good number of JAs that are not included in the paper copies on my desk.



On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:36 AM, Grulke, Nancy -FS wrote:

Thanks for the links Tanner.. Helen Maffei will be needing the papers on wildfire and sociology to write the RITS reports. She’ll eventually come in to Prineville to pick those up. Helen- the hard copies are on Tanner’s desk. He may have electronic copies of everything that he can send you. -Nancy

WWETAC Wildfire Risk and Fuels Treatment

Hi Nicole,

Your feedback on the NIH style finding titles I came up was valuable.

I was a bit spooked by your concern that one of the titles did not represent the work –

I want to be sure I get them right since they feed in to my synthesis paragraphs.

If you have time, it’d be great if you could offer similar critique on new short titles I wrote in the NIH style for the ecology / environmental section.

I’m trying to save time by doing just the titles for now – the text under the titles is verbatim purpose/finding/application from the JAs.

I’m attaching a .docx if you can check it out.

While you have that I’ll be writing NIH style finding titles for social fire science, then integrated fire / fuels risk.




WWETAC Wildfire Risk and Fuels Treatment

Hi Nancy and Nicole,

As a popular definition of insanity is repeating the same steps and expecting a different result, I’m trying a different approach:

I’m hoping to get one topic at a time worked out rather than all of them at once.

I finished up the one-sentence title with finding/application text based on the NIH Research Highlights example:

I put all the one-sentence “finding” titles into a software tool that let me sort/group them:

After sorting/grouping I re-formatted into a logical narrative / flow:

Finally I integrated the narrative / flow into a written document for the Tools / Application section:

You can download that but I’m also adding a versions to comment on for your convenience.

Note there are five sentences per paragraph, and no sentence is longer than 20 words.

That’s a self-imposed limit to meet a hypothetical “gold standard” for writing for the web.

I am hoping this method will ensure all relevant findings/applications are accounted for and permit collaborative input at each step.

If the method produces acceptable results, I’ll apply it to the remaining three Fire Science topics to work out the kinks one at a time until done.






August FS Theme: #SoundScience

Hi Nancy,

I saw the Forest Service is promoting #SoundScience this month.

There’s a blurb on it here:

"This month we can showcase our new tools and technologies which help us model future conditions and guide adaptive management strategies that address threats such as fire, insects, disease, and other forest disturbances. "

TACCIMO is mentioned.

I thought we could ask Yasmeen to promote a couple of WWETAC online tools on Twitter this month using the hashtag?

I thought I could write tweets and pass them on for publishing for:

August 5: TACCIMO
August 10: Wildland Threat Mapper
August 17: ArcFuels
August 24: NetMap Watershed Assessment Tool
August 31: Landscape Treatment Designer

Your thoughts?