Daniel P Carver

Spatial Scientist, Colorado

dan.carver@carverd.com | My personal website


Masters of Applied Geography and Geospatial Science

Fall 2015- Spring 2017

University of Colorado Denver

Graduation: 05/2017


Masters Certificate in Geographic Information Science

B.S. Geology & B.A. Physical Geography

Fall 2007 - Spring 2012 Adams State University

Graduation: 05/2012

GPA: 3.70/4

Professional Experience

Colorado State University: Geospatial Centroid

April 2020 - Present

Technical manager - Fort Collins, Colorado

Support project management, intern education, and research at the Geospatial Centroid.

Project Management 70%

Intern Support 70%

Research 15%

Colorado State University: Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

April 2019 - Present

GIS specialist - Fort Collins, Colorado

As a contributing member of the Evangelista lab group at CSU I develop methods and execute spatial data analysis for a wide range of research topics.

Project Development 70%

Outreach 15%

Grant writing 15%

USDA Agricultural Research Service

June 2018 to April 2019

Spatial Scientist - Fort Collins, Colorado

I collaborate with researchers and curators at the National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation to develop geospatial models that add to the understanding of the distribution, collection, and use of the Crop Wild Relatives.

Research: 50% of duties

Product Development: 50% of duties


June 2017 to September 2018 Geoinformatics Fellow & Assistant Center Lead - Fort Collins, Colorado

Half of my time is spent supporting the node location in Fort Collins, and the other half is spent supporting the National Program office in Virginia. At the node level, I assisted in the administrative tasks and worked as a member of a research team. At the national level, I provided educational training and geospatial analysis support to all 13 nodes across the country.

Research: 40% of duties

Fellow Class: 40% of duties

Administrative: 20% of duties

United States Geological Survey; National Geospatial Technical Operations Center

May 2016 to June 2017

Geography/GIS Support - Denver, Colorado

Ensure that the 100 plus individuals who are producing data and supporting data production for the National Map have the technical support and software to perform their jobs effectively. I work as a member of the Information Technologies Service team.

Technical Support: 40% of Duties

Computer Maintenance: 40% of Duties

Method Development: 20% of Duties

University of Colorado Denver: Geography and Environmental Sciences

August 2015 to May 2016

Teaching Assistant – Physical Geography, Landscape Architecture - Denver, Colorado

Worked to support student engagement in the class and provide instruction material related to course content.

Act as resource for student engagement (80% of duties)

Hold classroom lectures for classes (20% of duties)

Colorado Mountain Club: Youth Education Program

October 2013 to August 2015

Lead Instructor - Golden, Colorado

Organized and facilitated curriculum, ensured safety in various outdoor settings and acted as the point of contact for the organization for specific trips.

Teach and engage students (70% of duties)

Curriculum Development (30% of duties)

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

May-November 2012 & April-October 2013

Education Technician - Mosca, Colorado

Managed a wilderness-based outdoor education program that took middle and high school students into the backcountry for 5 and 7 days at a time. I created a promotional video about the program.

Planning and Program Management. (50% of Duties)

Safety and Risk Management (30% of Duties)

Interpretation and Education (20% of Duties)

Adams State College Earth Science Department

June 2011 –December 2011 Teachers Assistant - Alamosa, Colorado

Acted as the lab manager for the soils and geomorphology laboratories.

Lab Management

Adams State Adventure Program (ASAP)

October 2007 – May 2012

Trip Leader - Alamosa, Colorado

Preformed a variety of roles over 5 years as a student employee that involved risk management and outdoor education of groups.

Co-Instructor of Adventure Leadership and Programming Expedition HPPE 179



Research Experience

USDA Agricultural Research Service

May 2018 - Present

Conservation Status of Crop Wild Relatives

Project summary

I’ve developed a workflow to clean, model, evaluate, and present information on the conservation of the wild relatives of major agricultural crops. This collaborative work has been published in multiple different articles. See publications for a detailed list.


May 2017 - September 2018

Minnesota and Texas Agriculture

Product details

Worked with the USDA Plant and Animal Genetic Resource Preservation group to predict the extent and temporal variability of wild rice in Minnesota and Texas.

Colorado River Basin Water Resources II

Project Details

Used NASA Earth Observations to predict Russian Olive presence and estimate Evapotranspiration rates of riparian vegetation along the San Juan River in New Mexico and Colorado.

Colorado River Basin Water Resources I

Project Detials

Used NASA Earth Observations to predict Tamarisk presence and percent cover along a stretch of the Colorado, Green, and Dolores river in Utah and Colorado.

Thesis Research

Accessing the representational accuracy of GlobeLand30’s classification of Mexico’s Forest.

Chair: Dr. Rafael Moreno

Committee: Dr Galen Maclaurian, Dr. Peter Athamathem, Dr. Jaun Manuel Torres Rojo

This work represents a validation of a remote sensing derived global land cover dataset using a ground verified series of forest inventory sites. Through this process, I have done extensive research on the development and limitations of remote sensing derive land cover maps, validation methodology for land cover maps, and potential sources of errors in both the imagery and the validation sets. Overall it is a very detail examination of how well a Landsat product can represent a land cover.

Soil and Geoarchaeology research

Upper Rio Grande Basin

Worked with Dr. Jared Beeton on a soils based geoarchaeological investigation of 2nd and 3rd order tributaries of the Rio Grande River in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. Through this work, I have made multiple public presentations, learned and exercised field-based scientific research, proposed and obtained funding for 14C dating of soil organic matter. Geomorphic landforms were field mapped using GPS, digitized, and expanded on based on the interpretation of high resolution remotely sensed data.

Mammoth Site Excavation

During 2011 I worked under Dr. Jared Beeton, and The Denver Museum of Natural Science in the excavation and geomorphic investigation of mammoth remains found within the San Luis Valley. I ran laboratory analysis on the soils and sediment collected from the site.

Relevant Couse Work and Projects

Personal Project: Disc Golf Mapping

I have developed an automated methodology that takes a lidar point cloud and GPS data and produces an accurate representation disc golf course as a map. The lidar processing is down within the arcpy module, and GPS points are field collected.

Relevant Course Work

Instrumentation and Computer Experience

Grants Awarded

Last updated: December 2019