Planning and GIS Intern
Ryan Melendez is a Planning and GIS Intern in MAPC’s Data Services Department. Ryan create maps and performs quantitative and spatial analysis in support of planning projects throughout the agency. His recent projects include Open Space and Recreation, spatial and quantitative analysis in support of climate change projects, and assisting municipalities in mapping to meet the EPA’s stormwater regulations.
Prior to joining MAPC in January 2017, Ryan’s work focused heavily on marine life. He participated in a freshwater fisheries study where he conducted research about the operations of a hydroelectric dam near Lake Tahoe and its relation to the fish population. His experience also includes working for a marine life aquarium in California, a trip to Ecuador where he studied tropical ecology, and learning about solar installations and energy efficiency practices with Next Step Living.
Ryan’s GIS experience includes Marine GIS projects, such as animating leatherback sea turtle movements and monitoring changes in sea surface temperature in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, optimizing scuba dive sites with the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, and working in the Gulf of Maine where he estimated whale densities and identified suitable habitats for winter flounders.
Raised in Fresno, California, Ryan is currently a senior at Boston University studying Environmental Science and Marine Science.