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David Orndorff

Project Associate
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801 University City Blvd Ste 12
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0534

Dave Orndorff is a Senior Project Assistant specializing in GIS and remote sensing.  He started at CMI in 2008 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and became a full time member of the staff in 2010.  His main work has involved updating the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) using an ArcGIS platform.  Accurate mapping of wetland habitats over time is a crucial part of facilitating the analysis of historical trends and provides opportunity for future conservation efforts.  Dave works not only to create up to date wetland surveys but to improve the existing methodologies available for determining the extent and appropriate classification of different types of wetland habitat.  Currently he manages a staff of nine, including six Virginia Tech undergraduate students, to update NWI surveys for the Contoocook, Merrimack River, Nashua, and Salmon-Piscataqua Rivers watersheds within the state of New Hampshire.  Past projects involving the creation of NWI datasets have encompassed areas in over twenty-five states, including several National Wildlife Refuges.  

Aerial Photo-Interpretation

Remote Sensing

Wetland Conservation

BA Geography - Virginia Tech