Jake McDonald
Former GIS Technician, PGC

What I Did at PGC

Cartography and GIS jockeying.

What I'm Doing Now

Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. Studying fluvial geomorphology and how climate change and anthropogenic perturbations have affected the streams of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.


  • MS, University of Georgia, 2010
  • BS, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 2008

Selected Publication

One very exciting one forthcoming about the oldest dated peatland in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

Selected Presentation

McDonald, J.M., Leigh, D.S. 2011. Geomorphic Evolution of Whiteoak Bottoms, Nantahala River Valley, Western North Carolina, USA. Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.


When not tromping through streams or discovering paleochannels I enjoy hiking, photography, or a nice relaxing game of disc golf.