Scott Lydon (C.Phil.) is a doctoral candidate in the Geography Department at UCLA, and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Associate for the firm. He has conducted numerous GIS field surveys along California’s coastline, Central Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Utah’s Wasatch Mountains for his doctoral research. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he earned a graduate certificate in Cartography and GIS from Cal. State East Bay–where he was trained in aerial-photo interpretation and satellite remote sensing–while employed at the Western Geographic Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. In 2011, he received a BA in Social & Behavioral Science: Archaeology from Cal. State Monterey Bay. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2006 as an Operations Specialist 2nd Class, where his work focused on Radar navigation, nautical chart corrections, and satellite imagery interpretation.