Sean McCartney

Sean McCartney

  • SR. SCIENTIFIC ANALYST
  • 301.614.5574
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Sean McCartney is currently the Food Security Coordinator for the NASA-wide Food Security Office located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Sean was the Center Lead for the NASA DEVELOP National Program at Goddard Space Flight Center from 2015-2017. He graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University, then went on to earn his M.S. in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University. His research interests include conservation, ecological forecasting, agroforestry, and food security.

    Positions/Employment

    9/2017 - Present

    Food Security Coordinator

    Science Systems & Applications, Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland

    Responsible for a NASA-wide effort to enable and advance uses of Earth observations by domestic and international organizations for enhanced food security and improved agricultural activities. Located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's Food Security Office is the primary interface between NASA activities and the Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (www.eofsac.org). My responsibilities as Food Security Coordinator are tracking activities, ensuring NASA's objectives are served, and support efforts for programmatic, technical, and scientific reach-back across multiple NASA centers to work with the consortium.

    6/2015 - 9/2017

    Center Lead - NASA DEVELOP National Program

    Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland

    Managed all activities pertaining to the NASA DEVELOP National Program at Goddard Space Flight Center; built partnerships with public and non-governmental organizations; drafted project proposals; submitted budgets; recruited and interviewed hundreds of interns; reviewed all project deliverables; represented the NASA DEVELOP program at conferences and public events; collaborated on Applied Sciences projects using NASA Earth observations to address environmental and public policy issues.

    1/2017 - 2/2017

    Short Term Consultant

    Global Environment Facility - Independent Evaluation Office, Washington, D.C.

    Collected data on land cover types around Mt. Kenya National Park, and conducted qualitative surveys with local communities to determine perceived benefits derived from protected areas in Kenya.

    4/2014 - 5/2015

    Technical Support

    Clark Labs, Worcester, Massachusetts

    Provided online technical support to all users of IDRISI and TerrSet software; collaborated with programmers on troubleshoorting and resolving software issues; contributed reports to the executive director of Clark Labs.

    8/2014 - 12/2014

    Remote Sensing Teaching Assistant

    Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

    Assisted in teaching an Introduction to Remote Sensing course; prepared and taught all labs; disseminated remote sensing fundamentals to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    12/2013 - 1/2014

    Forest Mapping Analyst

    Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group, Toamasina, Madagascar

    Inventoried invasive tree species within Parc Ivoloina, Madagascar; created spatial databases, maps, and written reports for a conservation organization: Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group.

    5/2012 - 6/2013

    Guest Scientist

    Geological Society of America, Sacramento, California

    Inventoried abandoned mines within National Parks for the CA Department of Conservation; updated abandoned mine lands databases; created maps to share with the National Park Service.

    9/2011 - 4/2012

    GIS Analyst

    CA Department of Conservation - Office of Mine Reclamation, Sacramento, California

    Produced web-based maps using ArcGIS Online of all surface mines in California; created the first spatial geodatabase for the Office of Mine Reclamation, CA Department of Conservation.

    5/2009 - 6/2010

    Traveling the Rift Valley

    N/A, East Africa & the Middle East
    1/2009 - 5/2009

    Program Assistant

    Peace Corps, Antananarivo, Madagascar

    Organized the technical training of all Peace Corps Environment volunteers; assisted in the consolidation and evacuation of US personnel from Madagascar during the 2009 coup d’état.

    2/2005 - 6/2008

    Agroforestry Technician

    Peace Corps, Madagascar

    Developed agricultural programs with farmers associations, initiated trainings, and served as an extension agent to rural communities; trained communities on tree nursery design and clean-burning cookstoves; helped plan and create a 6 ½ hectare community park; aided in the construction of an elementary school.

    Professional Societies

    Geological Society of America, 2012 - Present
    American Association of Geographers, 2014 - Present
    Society for Conservation GIS, 2014 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2017 - Present

    Education

    M.S. Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2013

    Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, American River College, Sacramento, California, May 2012

    B.A. Geography, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, May 2004

     

     

    Brief Bio

    Sean McCartney is currently the Food Security Coordinator for the NASA-wide Food Security Office located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Sean was the Center Lead for the NASA DEVELOP National Program at Goddard Space Flight Center from 2015-2017. He graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University, then went on to earn his M.S. in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment at Clark University. His research interests include conservation, ecological forecasting, agroforestry, and food security.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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