Heather A. Fischer

Geography PhD ProgramHfischer
School of Geographical sciences and Urban Planning
P.O. Box 875302, Tempe AZ 85287
Office Coor 5515

Research Interests

Heather is a Geography PhD student in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She studies Citizen Science and the implementation of citizen science program in the fields of geography and conservation biology. She specifically focuses on the collection of Volunteered Geographic Information with in citizen science programs. Heather also is interested in how the volunteers of these programs shape the data they collect in these programs. Currently, Heather is working with Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska to develop a mobile application based citizen science program. This application will allow park visitor to collect wildlife data and in turn this data will be used in conservation planning in the park. With this project Heather hopes to address some of the ongoing issues in the realm of citizen science including; the impact of local knowledge (or lack thereof) on the outcomes of a program, data accuracy, and implementation of citizen science in long-term protected area planning.

Curriculum Vitae


Heather was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child she explored the plethora of National Parks and Utah. Currently she splits her time between the deserts of Arizona and the tundra of Alaska. When Heather is not doing research, she is often teaching, guiding hikes, and volunteering on campus. In her free time, she likes to rock climb, do yoga, hike, and hang out with her dog.