Melanie Kohls

Position title: GIS Analyst at Cardno

Madison, WI

Melanie Kohls is a recent graduate of the Accelerated Masters Program in GIS & Cartography at the University of Wisconsin. Melanie has been on and around UW-Madison campus since 2012, earning her Bachelor’s in Zoology and Environmental Studies before continuing on to the GIS professional curriculum.

While a student, she assisted researchers and PhD candidates at the Center for Limnology on projects ranging from surveys of Wisconsin dams to processing samples of fish from Hawaiian streams. More recently, Melanie has worked as a GIS analyst & technician for The Nature Conservancy and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

She loves how many applications there are for GIS, and enjoys finding new uses for maps. When she’s not working, Melanie is usually running around Madison with her camera, and occasionally hiking in any state that has mountains. Her cartographic work and CV can be found at