Michael Rochelle, GISP

GIS Analyst


Michael Rochelle received his BS in Natural Resource Management/ Conservation and BA in Geography from San Francisco State University (SFSU).  His interdisciplinary education provided a strong background in a diversity of environmental sciences.  During his last two years at SFSU Michael focused his education on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and completed the Professional Development Certificate program for GIS at SFSU’s College of Extended Learning.  Michael also performed his internship at San Francisco’s Department of Environment, using GIS to geo-reference the city’s database on abandoned waste and created spatial trend maps.  In 2012, Michael completed all the requirements for URISA’s GIS Professional (GISP) certification program.  In 2016, Michael passed the exam and became an ESRI certified Desktop Professional.

While at WRA Michael has managed the GIS needs for hundreds of projects, including performing all necessary data acquisition, spatial analysis, and map production.  His GIS expertise include, but are not limited to: assessing and acquiring data from a multitude of sources, maintenance of GPS units and data, working with AutoCAD drawings within GIS, acquiring and remote-sensing high quality aerials, geo-referencing, attribute and spatial querying, applying strict cartographic rules to map production, and performing any required analysis for a diversity of biological reports; including overlay calculations, proximity analysis, surface modeling, and spatial statistics.  Michael’s real expertise lies in figuring out how to solve complex spatial problems using both raster and vector based GIS along with an affluent knowledge of geospatial tools.  Michael has also become proficient at designing automated models within GIS: these include development of a grazing carrying capacity model to quantify grazing regimes, a trail scoring model that calculates Bio-physical-social constraints, hydrologic toolset to automate drainage and depression predictions for the field, a canopy percent-coverage calculator, and automation of LESA assessment for agricultural land conversion.


Bureau of Land Management, Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Habitat Modelling, Yuma, Arizona

Grazing Carrying Capacity GIS Model Implementation, 7 Projects in Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, and Solano Counties, California

Bay Checkerspot Butterfly Corridor Modeling for Coyote Ridge, Santa Clara County, California

Marin County Open Space District, Road and Trail Management Plan, Marin County, California

Sonoma County Regional Parks, Tolay Lake Regional Park Biological Resources Assessment, Hydrological Analysis and Design, Sonoma County, California

Contra Costa County Public Works Department On-Call Biological Studies, Contra Costa County, California

Coyote Creek Flood Management and Restoration Project, Mill Valley, California

County of Santa Clara, 12 Bridges Program, Santa Clara County, California

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Taylor Mountain Interim Public Access Plan, Santa Rosa, California


BS, Environmental Studies: Natural Resource Management and Conservation, San Francisco State University. 2006

BA, Geography, San Francisco State University. 2006


Geographic Information System Professional (GISP) Certification URISA – The Association for GIS Professionals. 2012

Professional Development Certificate in GIS, SFSU College of Extended Learning. 2006

Bay Area Automated Mapping Association, Member since 2010

URISA’s GISCorps – Volunteer for DPRK Project since 2010

Cartographic Design, SFSU. 2006

Spatial Analysis and Modeling SFSU. 2006

Watershed Analysis for GIS SFSU. 2005

Scientific Visualization for GIS SFSU. 2005

Advanced GIS Concepts, Northwest Environmental Business Council. 2013