Mr. Byars has over 20 years of experience as a GIS Specialist and GIS Project Manager in environmental and land management projects. He has extensive experience working with various GIS, mapping, and remote sensing software, including ESRI ArcGIS and its extensions; and Erdas Imagine and Stereo Analyst, as well as AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D. He also has experience setting up and administering ArcGIS Server map server software for sharing GIS data over intranets and the internet. He has 19 years of experience working with GPS field collection gear and post-processing software and training others in the use of GPS for field data collection, using it on projects in the United States and abroad, including work in South America, Europe, and the Middle East. He has worked on all phases of environmental GIS and mapping projects from cost estimation and project design to implementation and supervision of projects. He has also provided liaison with clients and the transfer of GIS and mapping deliverables to clients’ computer systems. He has worked extensively with wetland and habitat mapping, bringing together GPS field collection data, aerial and remote sensing data, topographic data, hydrographic data, and soils data in a GIS database for analysis and identification. He has conducted numerous inventory, project constraint, project impact, project site selection, and project management analyses using these methods, working closely with engineers, biologists and planning staff. He has worked as a Staff Archaeologist/GIS Specialist for a cultural resources management firm, working on GIS and GPS field mapping projects in California, Oregon, Washington, Israel, and the Ukraine. He has also served as a staff researcher at the University of California, working on a GIS project mapping the habitat and range of primate species worldwide and building a primate species diversity index, additionally he has modeled habitat encroachment patterns to identify and rank threats to habitats rich in primate species diversity. His responsibilities as a staff researcher included finding and contacting the organizations responsible for and acquiring environmental and habitat data for all areas in the world with non-human primate populations.