L. Lynnette Dornak

L. Lynnette Dornak

Assistant Professor

Office: Gardner 256
Email: dornakl[at]uwplatt[dot]edu 
Tel: 608.342.1680

CV: pdf

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin–Platteville, 2014-present
  • Postdoctoral fellow. Gap Analysis Program, Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Idaho, 2013– 2014
  • Postdoctoral fellow. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – Vector Map. Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Smithsonian Institute, 2012


  • Ph.D. Geography. University of Kansas. Dissertation: Spatiotemporal variability of populations and suitable breeding habitat in three grassland sparrows: a multiscale approach. 2012
  • M.S. Biology. Stephen F. Austin State University. Thesis: Effect of habitat quality on the reproductive success of the Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla). 2002
  • B.S. Biology. Stephen F. Austin State University. Emphasis-zoology. 2000


  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Biogeography
  • Species Distributions
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing

Courses taught

  • GEOG 1040 Planet Earth
  • GEOG 3220 Intro to GIS
  • GEOG 3520 Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG 3750 Field Geography of the Western US
  • GEOG 3950 Guided Research
  • GEOG 4120 Topical Seminar (Python for GIS)
  • GEOG 4330 Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 4920 Independent Study in GIS

Current Projects

  • Modeling species distrubutions of various invasive species (Japanese Hops, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn)
  • Modeling species distributions of Lyme Disease vector and resevoirs
  • Spatial analysis and mapping of Texas vernaclar identity and cultural associations
  • Spatial analysis and mapping of breeding bird populations and prevalence in the US


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