Greater Denver Area
Alison DeGraff’s initial research in the Caribbean in 2011 focused on the facilitation of a participatory mapping project to develop a comprehensive local GIS database of important heritage sites throughout the transboundary Grenadines. She additionally assisted with the development of a collaborative marine multi-use zoning plan for the Grenada Bank and co-conducted research for an avian field guide that highlights scientific and local ecological knowledge. Aly holds a BA in Geography from Middlebury College and an MSc in Geoinformatics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine where she completed her thesis research on the use of participatory mapping in Caribbean small island developing states to address climate change. She is an award-winning cartographer who works at National Geographic Maps, conducts freelance work as Tombolo Maps & Design; works part-time as a cartographer for the BirdsCaribbean NGO, serves on the URISA Vanguard Cabinet; and volunteers for URISA's GISCorps and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team's Missing Maps Project.