Project Specialists

ninanNina Noujdina.  Nina holds masters degrees in Materials Science from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys and in Geography from the University of California, Davis.  She has over 10 years of experience working as a geospatial analyst.  Her current projects include mapping vegetation, environmental niche modeling for species distribution, collecting environmental data, and analyzing spatial patterns of agricultural cultivation under pressure of climate change. Previously, she worked as a GIS Project Specialist at the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, where she was involved in diverse projects that focused on natural, urban, and social domains, and ranged from local to global scale (Google Scholar Publications).

Beau MacDonaldmacdonaldweb-120x120Beau MacDonald is a GIS Project Specialist for the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. She is an applied biogeographer experienced with GIS, cartography, design, and environmental modeling, who provides data analysis, geoprocessing, mapping, graphics, and writing support, and promotes the use of geographical information science concepts and technologies for interdisciplinary synthesis. Her research interests involve the distribution, abundance, resilience, historical ecology, conservation, and sustainability of diverse creatures and communities that persist along the edges and within the confines of built environments – including butterflies, birds, native plants, wetlands, vegetable gardens, and Angelenos (Google Scholar Profile).


vt-ninaNina Mross. Nina is an MLA candidate at USC, class of 2019. She has ten years of experience in the outdoor apparel industry, four years as the managing editor of a science journal, and is an avid hiker and traveler. Nina is interested in the intersections of art, craft, play, science, and nature, and how landscape architecture can holistically address issues of connectivity, biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, sustainability, environmental justice, economic engagement, cultural preservation, education, and beauty. 

Shan Yu Chuan. Shan is a senior majoring in Geology with a minor in Spatial Studies at USC.  She has a deep interest in remote sensing in environmental analysis and has worked on several geology and spatial sciences research projects, both in the field and using remotely sensed data. She is currently working on a project tbanetchuano quantify upward radiance from within and around US National Parks as a USC Undergraduate Research Associate funded by the USC Provost’s office. Her previous work on this project won two awards at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium. She is the 2017 recipient of the John O. Behrens Institute for Land Information Memorial Scholarship from ASPRS Imaging and Geospatial Society.

Benjamin Banet. Ben is pursuing a personalized interdisciplinary major at USC (Class of 2018) that focuses on the measurement of light pollution in conservation biology. Ben has six years of experience as an astrophotographer and is an accomplished backcountry hiker. He is one of the student coordinators of USC Professors and Peaks club and holds a Trustee’s Fellowship, the highest academic honor that can be bestowed on an incoming student. He was co-author of a research project on light in national parks that was presented at and won two awards at the 2016 USC Undergraduate Research Symposium.