Feb 11, 2015, World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.
The scope and scale of global change are driving a paradigm shift in the spatial scale of conservation efforts. Large landscape conservation is increasingly recognized as fundamental to the persistence of the wildlife, plants, ecosystems and ecological processes that comprise our nation’s natural heritage and underpin its economy. To design and implement effective conservation and management actions at the scale of large landscapes requires biodiversity data that are spatially, temporally and taxonomically consistent, with common data and metadata standards, and that are accessible and applicable to broad user communities. However, the current state of biodiversity information is far more fragmented, inconsistently collected, and challenging to access, analyze and apply to meeting the needs of biodiversity conservation across large landscapes.
The Society for Conservation GIS 2015 East Coast Symposium will bring together a diverse audience of federal and state resource managers, academics, NGOs, and conservation practitioners to advance the coordination of biodiversity information in support of the science and practice of large landscape conservation. Join us for a day of lively invited presentations, focused discussion and community building. Registration required, space is limited.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Matt Hansen, Dept. of Geography, University of Maryland
Dr. Gerald (Stinger) Guala, USGS, Director of Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON)
Director of the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
Dr. Jonathan Mawdsley, Science Coordinator, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Chris Burkett, Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
BJ Richardson, GIS Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service and North Atlantic LCC
Todd Sutherland, the National Wildlife Refuge System Inventory and Monitoring Program Data Manager, USFWS
Case study: The Chesapeake Bay. Speaker TBD
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
9:00 – 5:00 pm, followed by no-host reception, location TBD
Introductions by SCGIS president Dr. Karen Beardsley, UC Davis as well as Janet Nackoney and Demian Rybock, SCGIS - DC Chapter Leads:
Learn if there is an SCGIS chapter in your area, and hear about the annual SCGIS Conference, this year's theme: A View From Above: Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation - coming up on July 26 - 29 at Asilomar conference center in Monterey, California.
Lunch, a morning coffee break, and an afternoon coffee break will be provided.
This event will bring together conservation and natural resource management professionals who produce or consume species distribution data, with an emphasis on those involved in efforts at large landscape scales. We invite colleagues from federal, state, and local resource management agencies, conservation NGOs, academia, and the private sector to join in a provocative day of presentation and discussion about improving a critical information resource for effective conservation.
We thank our generous sponsors who helped make this event possible. Would you or your organization like to be a sponsor? Email: symposium (at) scgis.org
Dr. Matt Hansen
Dept. of Geography, University of Maryland
Important Dates and Deadlines
Pre-registration is required. Event is limited to 100 people total. Registration closes when the event is full or Wednesday, Feb 4, whichever comes first.
About World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C.