Our Team

Areas of Expertise

  • Geospatial Analysis and Cartography
  • Data Management
  • Water Policy and Management

Education

  • M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, UC Davis, 2021
  • B.S. Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, UC Davis, 2020

Experience

  • Staff Scientist, MLJ Environmental LLC, 2019-2021
  • Teaching Assistant, UC Davis, 2021
  • Intern, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2021
  • Intern, McCord Environmental Inc., 2019-2021

Jake Whealen

GIS Specialist

Jake Whealen is a GIS Specialist based in the Boise, Idaho office. He is responsible for providing GIS analysis, cartography, and other spatial analyses for WestWater. Jake also helps to manage, maintain, and develop WestWater’s various database systems. He joins WestWater from Davis, California where he worked in water quality consulting while he completed his academic studies. Jake has refined his GIS skills through academic and professional work experiences. In the past, he has used geospatial tools to map watershed boundaries, analyze pesticide application and land-use trends, and create cartographic works using various datasets.

Jake holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental policy from UC Davis, where he focused his studies in water resources management. Jake partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to conduct a geospatial and economic analysis of pesticide application in Kern County, California for his graduate research. He also worked with the California State Water Resources Control Board to analyze and better communicate stakeholder opinions surrounding California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Our Team

Jake Whealen

GIS Specialist

Jake Whealen is a GIS Specialist based in the Boise, Idaho office. He is responsible for providing GIS analysis, cartography, and other spatial analyses for WestWater. Jake also helps to manage, maintain, and develop WestWater’s various database systems. He joins WestWater from Davis, California where he worked in water quality consulting while he completed his academic studies. Jake has refined his GIS skills through academic and professional work experiences. In the past, he has used geospatial tools to map watershed boundaries, analyze pesticide application and land-use trends, and create cartographic works using various datasets.

Jake holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental policy from UC Davis, where he focused his studies in water resources management. Jake partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to conduct a geospatial and economic analysis of pesticide application in Kern County, California for his graduate research. He also worked with the California State Water Resources Control Board to analyze and better communicate stakeholder opinions surrounding California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Areas of Experise

  • Geospatial Analysis and Cartography
  • Data Management
  • Water Policy and Management

Education

  • M.S. Environmental Policy and Management, UC Davis, 2021
  • B.S. Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, UC Davis, 2020

Experience

  • Staff Scientist, MLJ Environmental LLC, 2019-2021
  • Teaching Assistant, UC Davis, 2021
  • Intern, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2021
  • Intern, McCord Environmental Inc., 2019-2021