SCGIS is a volunteer-run organization that operates with the support of members who have joined one of the committees. Read about each committee below and if you would be willing to offer support, skills, and enthusiasm we’d love to hear from you.

Interested in joining a committee? Please email the committee chair today! 

  • The domestic chapters committee facilitates the creation of local SCGIS chapters in the United States that support the mission of SCGIS. Explore the profiles of each of the SCGIS chapters and browse chapter events


    Left to Right: Florencia Sangermano, Connor Bailey, Derek Masaki, Janet Nackoney, Nathan Walker

    Chair: Derek Masaki    Email:

  • The purpose of the Communications Committee is to promote awareness of and engagement in Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) activities, events, and initiatives by current and prospective members of SCGIS.  The Communications Committee manages the SCGIS TwitterFacebookInstragram and LinkedIn accounts, organizes the popular webinar series, and supports other committees to help get their messages out.



    Back Row, from left: Li Ling Choo, Jocelyn Tutak

    Front Row: Rebecca Degagne, Meg Southee, Ellie Linden


    Co-chairs: Meg Southee and Rebecca Degagne

    Chair:    Email:

  • The website committee is responsible for the management and function of the SCGIS website and listserve. The website committee ensures that all information representing SCGIS on the website is accurate and has been approved by the SCGIS Board of Directors. Members of this committee are responsible for posting content to the website, maintenance and upgrades to technical infrastructure and any other technical tasks deemed necessary.

    Left to Right: Charles Convis, Derek Masaki, Meg Southee, Connor Shank, Nathan Walker

    Chair: Meg Southee    Email:

  • The Conference Committee organizes the annual SCGIS conference, which promotes information exchange and networking among conservation GIS professionals and students. The committee chairperson coordinates important decisions about the conference such as site selection, dates, and agenda with the board and other committees in addition to reporting monthly to the treasurer.

    Information about the current SCGIS International Conference


    Back Row, from left: Andy Lyons, Joseph Bishop, Sandra Coveny, Vivienne Sclater

    Front Row: Charles Convis, Janice Thompson, Dean Walton, Meg Southee, Saskia Fagan


    Chair: Vivienne Sclater    Email:

  • The purpose of the Finance Committee, which will meet monthly, is to increase board engagement, improve transparency and generate broader understanding of SCGIS financial activities. These include to improve understanding of the diversity and amount of income assets, sources, and expenses, to assess costs and sustainable financial structures for supporting existing society activities and developing new activities as authorized by the board, to demonstrate fiscal responsibility to our existing and potential donors, and to ensure full compliance with all Society reporting obligations as a 501(c)3 organization.

    Front Row, from left: Janet Nackoney, Sandra Coveny, Karen Beardsley

    Back Row: Jason Winner, Vivienne Sclater, Kellee Koenig

    Chair: Janet Nackoney    Email:

  • The international committee fosters communication and networking among conservation GIS professionals and students through a well-defined annual scholarship program, the development and support of regional & national groups, the creation and funding of scholarship programs, training and technical support programs, and a number of other activities. This committee is also beginning to provide guidebooks and publications on how to create and support conservation GIS groups internationally, starting with the SCGIS International Guidebook

    Back Row, from left: Mervyn Lotter, Carlos "Carlitos" DeAngelo

    Front Row: Charles Convis, Karen Beardsley, Michelle Kinzel

    Chair: Karen Beardsley    Email:

  • The membership committee manages all SCGIS memberships, new and old. Activities include maintaining the membership database, and addressing any membership issues that may arise. In addition, the membership committee will mail the SCGIS newsletter to new members and current members who didn't attend the annual conference. 

    Back Row, from left: Mervyn Lotter, Nathan Walker

    Front Row: Sandra Coveny, Miriam Schmidts, Kellee Koenig


    Co-chairs: Miriam Schmidts & Nathan Walker

    Chair:    Email: