Tom Kurkowski is SNAP’s Operations Lead. He often leads technical aspects of SNAP projects including data processing, GIS programming, cartography, and also assists with the design of tools and web pages. He is a member of SNAP’s Planning, IT, Web, and GIS teams that support all of SNAP. He seems to always be hiring someone, and assists current staff in prioritizing the many projects SNAP is involved in. He also serves as SNAP’s data manager, keeping SNAP’s wealth of data organized and accessible for all users.
Tom’s background is in forest and fire ecology, GIS, and remote sensing. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 2002 with a degree in Forest Management before heading to Alaska. He earned a Master of Natural Resource Management through UAF in 2005, concentrating on post fire successional pathways. He has experience as a research technician, field forester, wildland firefighter, and GIS support for the Alaska Division of Forestry. He is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, but likes to spend time at his family’s cabin on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. When not in front of a screen, you’ll usually find him in a canoe with his wife Melissa Kellner, a community planner at the Fairbanks North Star Borough.