Laurel L James
Graduate Student

Geospatial Analysis, Mountain Goat Habitat, GPS, Phenology of Vegetation, Intra-Annual Variability




Recently attended the 2009 SACNAS conference in Dallas, Tx. October 15-18, 2009.

Attended the Regional ASPRS Technical Exhange; Vancouver, WA October 2, 2009.

Attended the National Indian Timber Symposium in Lewiston, ID; April 20-23, 2009




Graduate student in the College of the Environment School of Forest Resources
Hold a B.S. in Forest Resources-Wildlife Science from University of Washington
Enrolled member of the Yakama Nation of Eastern Washington
Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] Research Fellow in 2005.

Will transition into the UW National Science Foundation; Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training [IGERT] PhD program. As a member of IGERT Cohort 2; the Bioresource-based Energy for Sustainable Societies funded program will focus on developing a sustainable energy project for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes [CSKT] of the Flathead Reservation in Montana.

Environmental Law & Regulation; University of Washington
Wildlife Handling & Chemical Immobilization

Graduate Commitee Chair, Dr. L. Monika Moskal
Within Dr. Moskal's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory; my current Mountain Goat research stems from the WCS fellowship and expands upon it to incorporate GIS and geospatial analysis of GPS data.

"Spatial temporal mountain goat habitat analysis using satellite GPS and remotely sensed satellite phenologic data."

As a part of IGERT I look forward to expanding upon my inter-disciplinary experience with:

1.) IGERT Cohort 2 specific project for CSKT
2.) a statewide assessment of Mountain Goat habitat in cooperation with Dr. Cliff Rice of WDFW
3.) Resource specific research to be completed with one of the UW IGERT tribal collaborators

I spent ~18 years with the Yakama Nation Wildlife Resource Management programas a Spotted Owl Crew Leader and a Wildlife Inter-disciplinary Team representative. Previous natural resource experience in Fire Management gained with both the Yakama Nation and Wenatchee National Forest.


  • UW Alpha Chapter, Xi Sigma Pi, Member
  • UW - Geospatial Club, 2008 Officer
  • ASPRS-Member
  • SACNAS-Member
  • TWS-Member
  • NAFWS-Member
  • AISES-Member
  • UW - NASAA-Member


2009 UW Grad School Merit Fellowship
2009 Graduate Research Featured in June Issue: Wildlife Conservation Magazine
2009 Graduate Student Featured in:SACNAS News Magazine --Winter/Spring 2009 Edition
2009 UW-NSF IGERT Bioresource Based Energ Research Fellow
2008 UW-Commencement College of Forest Resources Gonfaloniere
2008 Seattle Indian Services Commision-Corrine Leach Award
2008 UW Chapter Tau Sigma Honor Society
2007 UW-OMAD Merit Award


Knoblauch Fellowship
YN-Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Scholarship
Intertribal Timber Council Scholarship

Your CV (pdf)

MY ADVISOR: Dr. L. Monika Moskal






University of Washington

College of the Environment  
School of Forest Resources
Fax: 206.685.3091
Anderson 302, Box 352100  
email: laurelj @
Seattle, WA 98195-2100