GIS and Data Coordinator

Nature Mapping's only funded position, the GIS and Data Coordinator manages the ever growing database containing citizen scientist observations.  Additionally, this position works with citizen scientists to answer questions, provides certification trainings for those interested in becoming part of Nature Mapping JH, and completes analysis using citizen science data.

Paul Hood

Paul Hood

After growing up in central Wisconsin, Paul attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received a bachelor's in Physical Geography, with an emphasis in GIS.  Paul's passion for the intermountain west landed him in Wyoming/Idaho region in the winter of 2007. He has worked a variety of seasonal positions in the area including fighting wildfire, managing forest fuels, hydrology technician, maintaining and mapping trails and aiding with various wildlife research projects. His GIS experience locally includes creating maps for the U.S. Forest Service, managing and analyzing Gobi bear data for Craighead Beringia South and contracted work with Teton County, Idaho.


Paul is currently a masters student, at the University of Wyoming, studying wildfire ecology and fuel moisture dynamics. His research focuses on the implications of forest harvest methods on fuels loads and fuel moisture dynamics.


Volunteer Coordinator

Nature Mapping’s “Volunteer” Volunteer Coordinator seeks to engage citizen scientist by facilitating trainings and projects, creating and sending comprehensive monthly newsletters, and communicating one-on-one with volunteers.  Nature Mapping is extremely fortunate to have Frances Clark in this positon as she has effectively bolstered interest from volunteers and increased dissemination of data.    

Frances Clark

Frances Clark


Born and raised just outside of Boston, Clark was one of five siblings. Until 3rd grade, she attended Shady Hill School, an experiential learning environment that furthered her exposure to wild animals and wild places. “They had this great science program,” she said. “We got to handle snakes and turtles, and we would break apart owl pellets to see the tiny bones.”


After attending George Washington University for two years, Clark took a break from college and volunteered at the New England Aquarium. The hands-on experience with living things triggered something fundamental, and Clark began thinking of a career in biology.


She eventually settled on plants and focused her year off on volunteering at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. It was there that she experienced the satisfaction and sense of community that volunteering can foster.


At the conclusion of this hiatus, Frances finished college at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in plant science and continuing what has become a lifetime passion for public gardens and flowers.


After a stint at the Callaway Gardens in Georgia and a fellowship at the University of Delaware, Frances began what proved a long-term relationship with the New England Wildflower Society. There, she started as an educational program coordinator and eventually worked her way up to serve as the chair of the board of directors. Even now, she continues her association with the group as she runs her own botanical consulting business.


Frances and her partner, Bernie McHugh, landed in Jackson after spending a portion of eight summers here “mostly to enjoy the wildlife and the wildflowers,” she said. “We needed a break… and this seemed to be the logical spot.”


While plants remain her true passion, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s Nature Mappingprogram has cultivated in her a deep appreciation for our spectacular wildlife. Nature Mappingstarted out as a way “to focus on and learn about the wildlife while helping to conserve them,” she said. “The Nature Mapping program was easy and fun.”