Melanie Kohls


Melanie Kohls is a Master’s student finishing up an Accelerated Masters in GIS & Cartography at the University of Wisconsin. In spring of 2019, she joined the Gibbs lab to help map land use change and cattle supply chains across Colombia. Melanie has been a UW-Madison student since 2012, earning her Bachelor’s in Zoology and Environmental Studies before continuing on to the GIS professional curriculum. While in undergrad, she assisted researchers and PhD candidates at the Center for Limnology on projects ranging from surveys of Wisconsin dams to processing samples of fish from Hawaiian streams. Melanie currently works as a GIS analyst & technician for The Nature Conservancy and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She loves how many applications there are for GIS, and enjoys finding new uses for maps. When she’s not working, Melanie is usually running around Madison with her camera, and occasionally hiking in any state that has mountains. Her cartographic work and CV can be found at

Where are they Now?

GIS Technician at the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction.