Data Scientist

Emma is a Data Scientist for the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC). She has been working with FEMC since 2016, with a brief hiatus for a master’s degree, first as a student GIS technician and then as a full time GIS analyst working with regional partners standardizing and aggregating forest health data. Now as a Data Scientist she provides analytical, scripting, web development, spatial analysis, and data modeling support as well as maintaining FEMC’s online mapping portals, services, and custom code.

In her academic life, she is a feminist digital geographer fascinated by digital natures in videogames. In her professional life, she loves maps and the complex problem solving involved in GIS, scripting and data analysis, particularly when it is in service to important interdisciplinary environmental work. In the rest of her life, she can be found playing disc golf, hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, sewing, reading science fiction, and playing videogames.

Emma Tait

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Spatial data analysis, geospatial technologies, web development, feminist digital geography, digital natures


  • MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge
  • BA in Geography, University of Vermont


  • 802-656-2975
Office Location:

George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Lab, 705 Spear Street, South Burlington, VT