About Me

Who is Ifeoma Collins, GISP?

Note: My name was previously Melissa Oguamanam. I recently changed my name to Ifeoma ("E-faw-ma") Collins due to my marriage.

Hello there! Je suis analyste de systemes d’information geographique. (I am a GIS Analyst.) I am passionate about creating geoprocessing workflows that aid in studying vegetation and analyzing imagery for local and global implications. I am skilled in both the analysis of spatial data and creating web mapping applications to display spatial data as well. I currently reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Career Goals

I aspire to be a Senior Geographer Research Scientist specializing in monitoring African forest ecosystems and croplands using skills in GIS data management, remote sensing, satellite imagery processing, spatial analysis, data visualization, Python scripting and web maps. My dream is to utilize my geospatial training to help African small holder farmers with sustainable farming practices to maintain tree cover.

Tech Skills

For web mapping, I use libraries and frameworks such as the ArcGIS JavaScript API, dojo, Web App Builder, and OpenLayers.

ArcGIS Online and Carto are my online web map making tools of choice; and I use ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and qGIS for desktop applications.

For scripting, I tend to use Python/ArcPy, Model Builder, GDAL, and R for automating GIS spatial analysis, statistics, and creating data visualizations.

For remote sensing imagery analysis, I have experience using ENVI/IDL and ERDAS to work with Landsat satellite imagery to analyze crops and monitor forests.

For database management, I have used ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS for Portal, and PostgreSQL/PostGIS for storing data and querying data with SQL. I use Git/Github for version control.

Work Experiences

I currently work as a GIS Research Analyst using spatial data to assist companies with making their agricultural commoditiies more sustainable. I have over 2 years experience working as a GIS Web Developer for both private and government organizations. I interned at NASA Goddard as a GIS Analyst working on research projects examining winter cover crops in the Chesapeake Bay, deforestation in Ghana, and monitoring mangrove height, biomass, and extent in Florida. I also interned at USDA NASS as a Graduate Research Assistant collecting Landsat imagery for the Cropland Data Layer. I have speaking experiences from presenting my web mapping projects at both the ESRI User Conference and TuGIS in 2015. In 2015, I was able to get my GISP Certification.

Education & Courses

From the University of Maryland, College Park, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and minor in GIS and a Master's Degree in Geography as well. I have taken courses in GIS Programming, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis, Database Management, Biogeography, Ecosystem Processes, Natural Resources Management, and Poverty Development. I completed my Graduate research project on the spatial and temporal analysis of fires in Nigeria. I also had a wonderful study abroad experience when I spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica taking a course called Sustainable Tropical Ecosystems in Costa Rica. While there, I got to explore banana farms, coffee plantations, and tropical rain forests.

Caption: Picture of me standing in a rain forest in Costa Rica

Hobbies

I have grown an interest in growing my own food, so I started a veggie garden on my patio and I am looking to start growing some berries soon. (If you have any tips on growing food, please let me know!) I also like to volunteer to help out on urban farms and plant trees in my area.

I love to learn languages. I am currently working on becoming fluent in French and Igbo.

Traveling is also one of my passions. I love visiting foreign countries to learn more about the world. So far, I have been to many tropical countries such as Nigeria (four times!), Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Costa Rica. My goal is to explore other African countries in the future! I like exploring my neighborhood and local spots too. I went to Arizona for my honeymoon and fell in love with all of the cacti and other succulents I saw!





Feel free to get in contact with me to talk all things plant geography, agriculture, satellite imagery, web mapping or automated scripts!