Sundaran Gillespie, GISP

GIS Analyst


Sundaran Gillespie is a GIS Analyst with WRA, Inc. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), has his FAA Remote Pilot License, and is WRA’s lead for drone mapping and analysis services. Sundaran serves as a project manager and head GIS staff for several projects. His responsibilities include the creation of high-quality maps, calculations, and analysis of various geographic data sources. He has worked on a wide-range of projects dealing with wetland delineation and mitigation, watershed analysis, habitat conservation mapping, rare species impact analysis, biological resource mapping, three-dimensional modeling, sea level rise analysis, wildlife corridor mapping, and hydrologic modeling.

Through his work at WRA, Sundaran has extensive experience in several geographic applications, including ENVI, eCognition, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and ESRI GIS extensions such as Spatial Analyst and ArcGlobe.  Sundaran has a strong background in biological mapping through the use and integration of GIS, AutoCAD, and Remote Sensing platforms.   Sundaran has worked in conjunction with several engineering and architecture firms to address issues associated with data integration between multiple software platforms.  He is skilled in overcoming problems associated with data conversion through multiple coordinate systems, both local and statewide.


East Bay Regional Park District Dotson Family Marsh Restoration, Richmond, California

Petersen Ranch Mitigation Bank, Los Angeles County, California

Soquel Canyon Mitigation Bank, San Bernardino and Orange Counties, California

Caltrans Southern California Lagoon Study, San Diego County, California

Tejon Centennial Grassland Studies, Los Angeles County, California

El Rancho San Benito, Hollister, California

UC Santa Barbara Permit Analysis, Santa Barbara, California

Mountain View Estates, Corning, California

Pilarcitos Quarry Biological Monitoring, Half Moon Bay, California

SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Project, San Diego and Imperial Counties, California

Ridge Top Ranch Wildlife Conservation Bank, Solano County, California

Southern California Edison, Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, Los Angeles County, California

Mare Island Dry Dock Fish Salvage, Vallejo, California

Wilder Development and Mitigation, Contra Costa County, California

Wavecrest, Half Moon Bay, California


BA, Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara. 2005


Geographical Information Systems Professional Certification

FAA Remote Pilot License

Bay Area Automated Mapping Association

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

Society of Conservation GIS

Autodesk Map3D 2007 Fundamentals, Ideate Inc.

Object-based Image Analysis with eCognition, Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF), UC Berkeley

California Red-legged Frog Workshop and Field Session, Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

50 Plant Families in the Field, The Jepson Herbarium, UC Berkerley