Welcome to the North

SustainNorth. Mapping for a sustainable future.

Hello from Alaska. My name is Melanie Smith and this is my professional website and side project, SustainNorth. Through SustainNorth I provide low-cost geospatial services for the conservation and outdoor communities, using software generously donated by Esri. I specialize in map design, spatial ecology, conservation strategies, and geospatial solutions to engage audiences around outdoor recreation and environmental issues. On this site you’ll find my my full professional portfolio, including notable accomplishments and earned media about my work. This site serves as my living CV, feel free to have a look around if it interests you.

Here is a little more about me. I have a lifelong love of birds, nature, and maps that accompanies me everywhere I go. My main job is Program Director for the National Audubon Society‘s Bird Migration Explorer–this interactive mapping application focuses on visualizing and synthesizing migration patterns and conservation challenges across the Americas to inform conservation needs of migratory birds. Before working for the National Science Division of Audubon, I spent ten years at Audubon Alaska, most recently as their Director of Conservation Science; before that I worked five years as an environmental consultant in the Rocky Mountain West.

With all of that under my belt, I have two decades of professional experience in geospatial and applied conservation science, strategy, planning, and policy. As a spatial ecologist, I have worked to synthesize spatial data across broad geographies, produce ecological atlases, and identify conservation priorities. I am truly honored to say that my collaborative work has guided the protection of millions of acres for Arctic birds and wildlife.

If you are interested in working with SustainNorth, or would like to contact me about my work in bird conservation for Audubon, you can contact me here or find me @alaska_melanie on Twitter.