Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dara N. Mendeloff

Senior Staff Associate , Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) , The Earth Institute

Geographic Information Specialist , M.S. in Sustainability Management


201 Geoscience
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Dara Mendeloff, GISP, is a Senior Geographic Information Specialist at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a research unit of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Her work at CIESIN supports interdisciplinary research projects involving the integration of socioeconomic and environmental data to create data and map products, and applications for distribution to comprehensive and diverse user communities.

Dara’s research focus is on local, regional and global geospatial data management and applications for sustainable development, where she develops data products such as the Global Subnational Infant Mortality Rates and Food Insecurity Hotspots, as well as manages map service operations for the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Application Center (SEDAC). She develops mapping tools for New York City area projects such as the Jamaica Bay Water Quality Database, in addition to assisting communities in the Hudson Valley with the mapping of their wastewater infrastructure to create data suitable for use in flood resilience planning.

Prior to this work, Dara was a GIS technician/analyst at the New York City Department of City Planning where she was responsible for data creation and management of GIS data sets for representation of NYC’s Zoning Map, Section Map, and City Map features.

Dara also has extensive experience teaching GIS courses as a Lecturer at Columbia University and the New School, as well as mentoring high school students in the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) program at Wave Hill and the Lamont-Doherty Secondary School Field Research Program (SSFRP) at Columbia University.

Dara received her MA in geography/GIS from CUNY Hunter College, BS in environmental science and BA in mathematics / computer science from SUNY Purchase College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of NYC Geospatial Information System and Mapping Organization (GISMO).