About me

My name is Jesse Michael Rubenstein, I am a graduate student at University at Buffalo in New York, where I am completing my MS in Geographic Information Sciences. Aside, from studying geographic sciences, I am an ornithologist. I completed my MS in Environmental Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. My research at RIT focused on using geographic information systems to identify habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler, an internationally near threatened bird species.

I am also the founder and director of New World Birding, a guided birding tour service. I was ranked top 50 birdwatchers (birders) in Ecuador in 2016 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Program, top 100 birders in New York State in 2011, and all-time top 100 eBirders in the Dominican Republic. I have spent time birding in the Amazon jungles of Peru, the cloud forests of Costa Rica, and the dry coastal forests of Ecuador.

My conservation science field research experience includes working for Project Puffin on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Maine, banding song birds at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory in New York, and conducting point counts for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in the national parks of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.

My Maps

This website is a portfolio of the GIS Projects I completed in my Geovisualization and Cartography Course at UB.