The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has hired Molly K. Foley as its new IT Spatial Analyst
charged with the continued construction and growth of the NBCI Bobwhite Information Network. Foley replaces Derek Evans, NBCI’s first spatial analyst, to continue development of tools and content for NBCI’s technical website at the University of Tennessee, https://www.quailcount.org/.
Foley earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology: Research & Management from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014 and a Master of Geographic Information Science & Technology from North Carolina State University in 2016. She has a variety of experience, including as a GIS teaching assistant, a habitat planning and conservation GIS technician, an ArcGIS and Python software tutor and a geospatial programming research assistant.
Among her responsibilities will be managing the NBCI 2.0 ArcGIS database, providing technical content from the Eighth National Quail Symposium, assisting states and partners in planning and implementing NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program focal areas, managing and analyzing data, and working with the NBCI science coordinator and the science subcommittee of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee on various other needs. Foley will be stationed with the Information Technology Services (ITS) unit of the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville.
“Molly will lead the continued creation of NBCI’s new Bobwhite Information Network, the first database that consolidates data on bobwhites from all 25 states, including bird monitoring and habitat tracking, and manages it for the benefit of all our partners,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “We will be able to demonstrate and precisely measure grassland bird response to habitat management. Additionally, we appreciate the support of UTIA’s ITS personnel in partnering with us to continue building this critical component of our national initiative.”
Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.