David Betcher – GIS Program Specialist
David Betcher joined the Great Lakes Commission in 2014, shortly after completing a degree in geography from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to working with program staff to provide data and mapping support across the Commission’s program areas, he has contributed to projects focused on collaboration, information delivery, and decision support regarding invasive species control; identifying sensitive resources and potential hazards in support of statewide contingency planning; and supporting local response planning efforts with maps and in-depth analysis.
David enjoys the challenge of translating project goals to geospatial solutions. He has harmonized datasets across political and jurisdictional boundaries and given additional context to project data using stream network and watershed analysis. David enjoys kayaking on lakes both great and small in his free time and experiences a renewed sense of enthusiasm in his work through the personal connection to the water that it provides.