Saying Goodbye to Amy Quandt, LandPKS Global Coordinator.

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Left: Amy (left) and others at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development creating a one-day LandPKS Training. 

Dr. Amy Quandt joined the LandPKS project as the Global Coordinator two years ago.  At the end of May, we will have to say goodbye to Amy as she moves off to a new position. Starting in August, Amy will be joining the faculty of the Department of Geography at San Diego State University as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography. At San Diego State University, Amy is looking forward to continuing her work on the impacts of technology on agricultural productivity and sustainable land management.

During her time with LandPKS, Amy has played a critical role in enhancing the development of the app and worked closely with our partners implementing the app globally. Amy worked on the Land Capability Classification features, as well as the soon-to-be released LandManagement Module. Amy also worked to enhance the LandCover and LandInfo outputs delivered on the phone to users.

Internationally, during her two years with LandPKS Amy has made 7 trips to Africa, including Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Working with the World Agroforestry Center, Amy helped to hire our Ethiopia and Tanzania Country Coordinators. She has also done extensive pilot testing of the LandPKS app with farmers, land use planners, and pastoralists in Africa.

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Amy is sad to leave the LandPKS team but we wish her the best in her future endeavors.  You can keep up with her work on her website aquandt.weebly.com.