About



I am a geographer, urban environmentalist, partnership builder, and data analyist currently finishing my MA in Geography at the University of Calgary. I collaborate with mission driven, conservation-minded organizations.

My research examines how understandings of nature evolve through public participation in urban planning and how this influences the development of space. 

After graduate school, my goal is to help create equitable and transformative urban conservation programs. I plan to do this by bridging my 5+ years of environmental and data science experience with my commitment to building multistakeholder partnerships. I my areas of interest are green infrastructure and natural climate solutions. 

I have previously worked as a GIS Tech for The Nature Conservancy and a Stream Mapper for The US National Park Service. I am currently a research assistant for the Engaging Open Data Research project and the Vice President of Internal Operations for my department’s Geography Graduate Student Association. I am also the chair of the Sunnyside Brightening Committee, a community group focusing on artistic and recreation enhancements to infrastructure in Calgary.

Abandoned spaces fascinate me as do the unruly natures which often reclaim them. I like shooting film for fun and I create, collect, absorb and share sounds. Find me in a noodle shop, on the street interviewing street performers, or fishing the Schuylkill navy yards.

Contact: welkerpd[at]gmail.com
Connect: LinkedIn
Twitter: @welkerpd
OpenStreetMap: @welkerpd
UER: krovvy
University Website
Curriculum Vitae
Photo by Adam Boulding


News:



2021/06 - I presented my master’s thesis reserach Remaking Nature Through Public Participation in Resilient Calgary at the Canadian Association of Geographers Conferece in Prince George, BC. Great opportunity for feedback before I wrap up writing!
2021/04 - I won 1st place in a photography competition at the 2021 American Association of Geographers Conference in Seatte. I’m honored to participate with so many talented photographers! (You can also read about my corresponding paper presentation)
2020/10 - I presented Moral Economies of Open Data Platforms with Dr. Burns at the Association of Internet Reserachers in Dublin. I may not travel due to the pandemic but great exposure to international meetings!
2020/08 - I presented a new paper Moral Economies of Open Data Platforms with Dr. Ryan Burns at the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology in Prague.
2020/07 - New Sunnyside Brightening Committee project: Reimagining the Bow River Pathway. We mapped community member knowledge to develop a vision for the pathway as the City of Calgary prepares a major flood barrier redesign. Head over to the Conservaiton page for more.


2020/06 - Having a go at digital community organizing. I just started the Sunnyside Brightening Committee. Check out our Murals of Resilience project on the Conservaiton page for more. 


2020/04 - Just posted a term paper I had fun writing. It brings together critical race theory, smart cities, and science fiction! Read Representing Digital Others: Strategic Ambiguity and Digital Violence in Dee Rees’ Kill All Others on the Communications page.


2019/09 - My map animation was featured (at 0:25) in a promotional video for Trail Day, a beer by Tröegs Brewery and The Nature Conservancy in support of conservation along the Kittatinny Ridge. Read about a LightHawk Flyover project I did on the Kittatinny, too!

2019/03 - Map featured in the Spring insert of Nature Conservancy Magazine. 

    



2018/08 - Pennsylvania - Map featured in Perry County Times (via pennlive.com) describing a Working Woodlands project by The Nature Conservancy.

    
2018/04 - Pennsylvania - My first go at using an animated map to tell a story in this promo video. I show how Cove Mountain Preserve is strategically located and important to protecting the full Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania. My map is at 1:18.




2018/06 - North Carolina -  Featured in the Mountain Express regarding previous work in water quality monitoring. 

     
2017/12 - Pennsylvania - My environmental education data collection project was featured in the insert of Nature Conservancy magazine.

   


2017/06 - Pennsylvania - Map and trail mapping and construction project featured in the Perry County Times. Read more about my trail mapping project.

    


2016/08 - North Carolina -  Map featured in newsletter for the organization Ivy River Partners.



2016/06 - North Carolina - Hilarious moment captured (at 0:55) on WOLS when I was a Environmental Instructor for Stream Cleanup.


Full article
2016/03 - North Carolina - Organized a write up in Asheville Citizen Times for the Environmental Quality Institute (coordinated).

    




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