Michael Rochelle

GIS Analyst


Michael Rochelle received his BS in Natural Resource Management/ Conservation and BA in Geography from San Francisco State University. 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.

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 expertise includes assessing and acquiring data from a multitude of government agencies, 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 fluency in watershed and raster-based GIS analysis has helped provide WRA with a framework of hydrology tools for Significant Nexus studies. He has also developed an innovative methodology for mapping canopy cover densities using a multi-tiered approach combining both eCognition segmentation software and GIS-based focal/zonal statistical analysis. For quarry reclamation plans Michael has developed a methodology using slope, solar radiation, and viewshed analysis to determine optimal revegetation locations. Michael has also become proficient at designing automated models within GIS: these include development of a grazing carrying capacity model to quantify grazing regimes and a trail scoring model that calculates environmental impact, physical constraints, and social benefit of proposed and existing trails.


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

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

Santa Margarita Quarry Reclamation Plan, San Luis Obispo County, California

Lucky Day Ranch Biological Studies and Wetland/Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Bank, Gilroy, California

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

Oak Grove Cumulative Impact Assessment,Pleasanton, California

Coyote Valley Specific Plan, San Jose, California

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

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

Morris Residence, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area Mapping, Albion, 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