Leanne Lestak (she/hers)

Leanne Lestak (she/hers) CV

GIS / Remote Sensing Specialist

  • Senior Professional Research Assistant


  • BA: University of Colorado at Boulder, 1989

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-5802


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing as applied to western water, snow hydrology, coastal change, and the creation and distribution of high resolution scientific data.

Research Interests

Snow hydrology, coastal change, flooding, climate change and policy in high-latitude and high-altitude environments.


I implement and communicate research in primarily arctic and alpine regions using GIS and remote sensing tools. In my 30+ year career at the university I have worked with scientists and stakeholders on numerous multidisciplinary projects including work with the Department of Water Resources in California, the Barrow Alaska community, the National Park Service, irrigators and water managers in the Upper Great Plains Ogallala Aquifer, the Long Term Ecological Network (LTER), and many others. In my work I listen to the needs of the people I am working with (i.e. scientists, stakeholders, students) to better formulate a cohesive solution, which includes accessible and open-source data, maps, publications and graphics. I am committed to designing for and educating myself about inclusion, justice, and equity inside each and every project and product I deliver.

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