Kristi Nixon M.S.

Kristi Nixon headshot
Professional Title
GIS Specialist


Kristi joined NRRI in 2016 as a GIS specialist and is involved in various Land and Water research projects. She is interested in landscape ecology, spatial analysis, modeling, remote sensing, and web map development to help inform sustainable natural resource management. She also pilots a fixed-wing and quad-copter drone for remote sensing of NRRI project sites.


  • GIS Certificate, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016
  • M.S. Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012
  • B.A. Biology, Carleton College, 2009


Research Gate profile

Featured Research Projects

The ForCAST tool attempts to provide forestry professionals and land managers with an opportunity to evaluate how a changing climate and changing markets might affect Minnesota’s forests and

Online mapping tools and data for natural resource planning, management, and research in Minnesota.

NRRI News Articles

Aerial view of Camp Ripley

NRRI study maps conservation opportunities for Camp Ripley Sentinel Landscape in face of climate change.

A group of 2 women and 3 men stand in a grouple holding a certificate

An easy-to-use online Minnesota Atlas, developed at the Natural Resources Research Institute, received recognition from the Office of the Governor as recommended by the Minnesota

A woman is outdoors releasing a drone into the air.

GIS skills and biology background come together in data delivery role for Kristi Nixon.