William Ayersman, GISP, M.S., is the Geospatial services coordinator within the Davey Resource Group. He is a lead geospatial analyst with extensive experience applying spatial analysis and predictive modeling to natural resource issues. His daily responsibilities involve GIS project coordination for remote sensing and image analysis projects, LiDAR analysis, database and project management, and the creation and design of predictive and suitability models. Since 2011, he has been the project lead on all urban tree canopy (UTC) assessment and forestry analysis projects for urban forestry and utility services, including generating custom mapping and reports for transmission right-of-way projects.
Mr. Ayersman plays a key role in the development of Davey Resource Group’s innovative GIS tools and solutions, focusing on the urban canopy effects of stormwater, watersheds, and ecosystem cost/benefits analysis. He has experience and knowledge in the field of forestry resource management, cartography, landscape metrics, and spatial statistics. He also has strong interests in the research and development of new spatial analysis procedures, timber stand dynamics, and the ecological impacts of invasive species.
Prior to joining Davey Resource Group, Mr. Ayersman worked as a GIS Analyst for the Natural Resource Analysis Center in Morgantown, West Virginia where he collaborated with WV Department of Natural Resources to obtain goals for a wetland predictive model, conducted watershed and remote sensing analysis, and performed predictive/suitability modeling for invasive species. As a graduate research assistant at West Virginia University, he worked with the USDA Forest Service to design and create a spatial predictive model for the spread of emerald ash borer using GIS as well as a role in applying spatial analysis in order to complete his thesis requirements.
Mr. Ayersman holds a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Ohio Urban Regional System Association (URISA) Ohio Chapter, and Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP). He joined Davey Resource Group in April 2011.