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Rachel Kornak managed the spatial data activities for our very large Great Plains Population and Environment project, and did an outstanding job, leading the creation of an invaluable data resource of outstanding quality. Her capacity to manage a team of 18 technicians while designing the data capture, management, and analysis tasks is unequaled in my experience. Everyone should have a colleague who is as productive, collegial, and experienced!
Myron
Myron Gutmann, PhD
University of Michigan
Former Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research & Professor of History and Information
Rachel approaches her teaching and mentoring tasks at Penn State with tremendous energy. Our online students consistently highlight their satisfaction with her Environmental Applications of GIS class, and Rachel is an outstanding faculty colleague outside of her course.
Anthony
Anthony Robinson, PhD
Pennsylvania State University
Lead Faculty for GIS Programs, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute & Assistant Director, GeoVISTA Center
For our Great Plains research project Rachel oversaw a massive data collection and compilation activity, and trained and coordinated the work of eighteen different student employees. Rachel has seemingly boundless energy, and took to all the tasks with professionalism and dedication. She has always been clear and realistic about what can be completed when, and committed to seeing her work through in a timely manner. She was creative and careful about how we evaluated and analyzed the data. It has been a pleasure working with her on the project.
Dan
Dan Brown, PhD
The University of Michigan
Professor & Director of the Environmental Spatial Analysis Lab
Simply put, Rachel delivers. As an inaugural member of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet, she was integral to the many accomplishments of this volunteer group of young GIS leaders and set the bar high for future members. Rachel's out-of-the-box thinking and confidence is extraordinary among her peers. I look forward to working with her for years to come and fully expect her to continue assuming leadership roles within URISA.
Wendy
Wendy Nelson
URISA Professional Association
Executive Director
The AAG's careers outreach has benefited tremendously from Rachel's active involvement. Whether serving as a panelist, volunteering as a career mentor, facilitating a workshop, or as an engaged audience member, she asks thoughtful and thought-provoking questions, provides excellent guidance, and offers support and motivation. She is an inspirational leader who gives generously of her time, talents, and experience to benefit early-career and emerging geospatial professionals.
Joy
Joy Adams, PhD
Association of American Geographers
Senior Researcher
I was very impressed when I heard Rachel present at The World Bank Innovation Governance and OpenGov Hub Ideation Workshop. She provided informed and practical solutions in a very collegiate manner. She is passionate about geospatial technology and is a great liaison between different organizations and institutes. I really enjoy working with her.
Xu
Qiyang Xu
The World Bank
Urban Development Specialist
I have known Rachel for several years, having first met her in her role as a Distance Educator in Penn State's Online MGIS Program. She quickly showed herself to be a consistent, inspirational leader to the students both inside and outside her class. Her innovative, professional perspective comes across repeatedly in my contacts with her at numerous conferences and the presentations provided at such. Rachel's enthusiasm is contagious, and I, like everyone with whom she comes in contact, is refreshed and rejuvenated professionally and personally by that energy. She is a true asset to any organization with which she is involved!
Bill
Bill Hodge, GISP
GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)
Executive Director of GISCI & GIS Division Manager, City of Midland, TX
I just wanted to make sure you all were aware of the work we did with new geography career-oriented online magazine GeoPivot this year. This summer, after meeting at AAG I asked Rachel Kornak (cc'd), who heads this up this fantastic professional development resource for geographers to come up with a way for us to work together for Geography Awareness Week. What we ended up with is a truly engaging and inspiring series of interviews and articles on five young professional geographers from all over the map (sorry, couldn't help it) talking about the importance of geography and giving advice on education, career advancement, starting your own business and how to use a degree or background in geography to one's advantage professionally. I think Rachel, and our interviewees all did a great job, the site looks beautiful, and Rachel couldn't have been easier to work with. Please check it out at http://www.geopivot.org/ or http://www.geopivot.org/read.html and consider both Rachel and GeoPivot as highly recommended partners to work with again in the future.
Justine
Justine Kendall
National Geographic Society
Education Programs Project Manager

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Contributions to collaborative research projects at the University of Michigan.

WWF
Solving the Mystery of Marine Protected Area Performance: Monitoring Social Impacts
World Wildlife Foundation
Glew, L., M.B. Mascia and F. Pakiding (2012). Solving the Mystery of MPA Performance: monitoring social impacts. Field Manual (version 1.0). World Wildlife Fund and Universitas Negeri Papua, Washington D.C. and Manokwari, Indonesia.
Science
Social and Ecological Synergy: Local Rulemaking, Forest Livelihoods, and Biodiversity Conservation
Science
Persha, Lauren & Agrawal, Arun & Chhatre, Ashwini. (2011). Social and Ecological Synergy: Local Rulemaking, Forest Livelihoods, and Biodiversity Conservation. Science (New York, N.Y.). 331. 1606-8. 10.1126/science.1199343.
PNAS 1
Forest commons and local enforcement
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Forest commons and local enforcement, Ashwini Chhatre, Arun Agrawal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sep 2008, 105 (36) 13286-13291; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0803399105
PNAS 2
Trade-offs and synergies between carbon storage and livelihood benefits from forest commons
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Trade-offs and synergies between carbon storage and livelihood benefits from forest commons, Ashwini Chhatre, Arun Agrawal.l Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Oct 2009, 106 (42) 17667-17670; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0905308106
PNAS 3
Sustainability, autonomy, and benefits from forest commons
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sustainability, autonomy, and benefits from forest commons, Ingela Ternström, Pranab Mukhopadhyay, Rucha Ghate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Apr 2010, 107 (14) E52; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1000051107
World Bank
Social Dimensions of Climate Change : Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World
The World Bank
Mearns, Robin; Norton, Andrew. 2010. Social Dimensions of Climate Change : Equity and Vulnerability in a Warming World. New Frontiers of Social Policy. World Bank. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2689 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
Science 2
Changing Governance of the World's Forests
Science
Changing Governance of the World's Forests, ARUN AGRAWAL, ASHWINI CHHATRE, REBECCA HARDIN, SCIENCE. 13 JUN 2008 : 1460-1462.
Biological Conservation
Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in human-dominated landscapes: Forest commons in South Asia
Biological Conservation
Lauren Persha, Harry Fischer, Ashwini Chhatre, Arun Agrawal, Catherine Benson, Biodiversity conservation and livelihoods in human-dominated landscapes: Forest commons in South Asia, Biological Conservation, Volume 143, Issue 12, 2010, Pages 2918-2925, ISSN 0006-3207, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2010.03.003.
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Land Transitions in the American Plains: Multilevel Modeling of Drivers of Grassland Conversion (1950 to 2000)
Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Sylvester, K. M. et al. “Land Transitions in the American Plains: Multilevel Modeling of Drivers of Grassland Conversion (1950 to 2000).” Agriculture, ecosystems & environment 168 (2013): 7-15.
Society & Natural Resources
Ecosystem Services in a Transitional Forest Landscape: Shifting Trajectories in Southeast Michigan, USA
Society & Natural Resources
Nathan Clay, Kayla Yurco, Arun Agrawal & Lauren Persha (2018) Ecosystem Services in a Transitional Forest Landscape: Shifting Trajectories in Southeast Michigan, USA, Society & Natural Resources, 31:4, 457-472, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2017.1413692
World Bank 2
The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptation to Climate Change
The World Bank
Social Dimensions of Climate Change, Social Development Department, The World Bank, Washington DC, March 5-6, 2008.
Professional Geographer
Relationships of Agricultural Land Use to an Expanded Road Network within Tropical Forest Landscapes of Cameroon and Republic of the Congo
Professional Geographer
Silvia Cordero-Sancho & Kathleen M. Bergen (2018) Relationships of Agricultural Land Use to an Expanded Road Network within Tropical Forest Landscapes of Cameroon and Republic of the Congo, The Professional Geographer, 70:1, 60-72, DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1325752.

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