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(ECP and CTSP grantees, reports, and other sites of interest for conservation geograpy, mapping and GIS. Grantees are coded by program and year of grant at the end of their name/state, i.e. e91 means ECP grant in 1991. c=cstp, cm=ctsp-mac, cs=ctsp-software)

Middlebury College Environmental Studies Dept. (Middlebury, Vermont 05753 . Conservation GIS contact: Dr. Steve Trombulak, tel:802/443-5439 fax:802/443-2072 ) Research areas: "Theoretical concepts related to the protection and restoration of biological integrity, The development of a regional conservation strategy in northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada following the approach advocated by The Wildlands Project, Incorporating education on critical thinking and scientific methodology into environmental science curricula " Don't miss: Trombulak, S.C. 1996. How to design an ecological reserve system. Wild Earth Special Paper #1: 1-19.

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. (735 State St., Suite 300 Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3351 Ph: (805) 892-2500 Fax: (805) 892-2510 Email: NCEAS was established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the State of California and the University of California, Santa Barbara. NCEAS' focus is collaborative, basic and applied research on the structure and dynamics of ecological systems. NCEAS also organizes and synthesizes ecological information to facilitate its use by researchers, policy-makers and resource managers addressing important environmental issues...Selected Abstracts from the Synthesis in Ecology Symposium: (see below).Program Area: Kids do Ecology, .Worldwide Ecological Web Sites, NCEAS Ecological Data Archive, . .. Research Areas: Using Science in Habitat Conservation Plans, Individual-Based Models, Spatially Explicit Dynamic Models, "Data Assimilation" Techniques in Ecology, Meta-analysis Techniques, Siting and Design of Nature Reserves, Predicting Ecosystem Responses to Disturbance, Introduced Species, Synthesizing Ecosystem Ecology and Microbial Community Ecology, Effects of Episodic Climate Events on Ecosystem Function and Structure, Global-Scale Population Declines .

National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) .(Department of Geography University of California, 3510 Phelps Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060, USA tel: (805) 893-8224 fax: (805) 893-8617 email: ) NCGIA is a research consortium whose primary mandate is to conduct basic research in geographic information science and its related technology. There are three sites in the consortium: University of California at Santa Barbara, State University of New York at Buffalo, and the University of Maine. Don't miss: Empowerment, Marginalization, and Public Participation GIS . "GIS is alternatively seen as a powerful tool for empowering communities or as an invasive technology that advantages some people and organizations while marginalizing others. This is a critical issue which divides both academicians and thoughtful critics of society. "GIS and Society" is therefore one of the top GIS research issues facing this country, as determined by UCGIS, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. The NCGIA addressed the issue in Initiative-19 (March 1996) as well. In neither of those cases was there a successful merger of the two positions, merely an acknowledgment of the validity of the stance of the other. This initiative will examine the two-edged nature of the GIS sword by defining and executing research projects that involve researchers looking critically at the use of GIS by community groups or by others using the technology in ways that impact individuals and communities. " The NCGIA Specialist Meeting site includes the full text of a number of excellent papers .

NCGIA Buffalo Geography Resources on the Internet .(University of Buffalo, Dept. of Geography, Wilkeson Quad, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 14261 Tel: 716-645-2722 Fax: 716-645-2329 email: The Internet can be a great tool for finding geographic information. Here are some of the ever-expanding resources available:

Quaternary Environments Network REVIEW AND ATLAS OF PALAEOVEGETATION . by (Jonathan Adams, MS 6335, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA email: "The aim of the QEN page is to provide map information for biogeochemists, archaeologists, biogeographers and others with an interest in broadscale ecosystem changes on the timescale of the last 20,000 years."

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) . (Communications and Public Affairs, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6266, tel: (423) 574-4163, email: Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a Department of Energy multiprogram laboratory managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Oklahoma State University Spatial and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (NSDI) .(Spatial and Environmental Information Clearinghouse 201 CITD, Stillwater Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74078-3011. Tel: 405-744-8433 FAX : 405-744-7673, email: ) "As a unit of Oklahoma State University's Environmental Institute, the Spatial and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (SEIC) focuses on geospatial information and its application to complex spatial issues using geographic information systems (GIS), database management, and careful project design." see Geospatial Data for Oklahoma.

ORNL Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) . (c/o Forrest M. Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Environmental Sciences Division, Building 1505, Room 216, Mail Stop 6036, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge TN 37831-6036, USA tel: (423) 576-7680 fax: (423) 576-8543 email: "ESD's mission is to understand and evaluate how the development and use of energy affect the environment. To accomplish this mission, division staff conduct basic and applied research, assess environmental impacts of projects and policies, develop and demonstrate environmental technologies, and support education activities." see . BMAP Upper East Fork Poplar Creek Flyover Animation: "These studies have been used successfully to characterize spatial trends and demonstrate temporal recovery resulting from remedial actions and pollution abatement activities, identify contaminant sources, and provide data for conducting ecological risk assessments." see: ECOLOGICAL RISK ANALYSIS: TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS: "This WWW site contains information that can be used to conduct ecological screening and baseline risk assessments."...Ecological Modeling for Military Land use Decision Support : has a nice series of diagrams on integrated GIS approaches to ecological modelling.
Organization of Biological Field Stations .(Contact for membership and newsletters: Dr. Peter Connors, OBFS, P. O. Box 247, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, CA 94923 ) "The OBFS is an association of more than 200 field stations and professionals concerned with field facilities for biological research and education, primarily in North America and Central America." Don't miss their CLICKABLE Arc MAPS of field stations created by Roberta Pickert of the Society for Conservation GIS . "A GIS overlay analysis showing the distribution of field stations in relation to the ecoregions of North America was shown. This will be used to illustrate how field stations can provide a widespread infrastructure of sites for monitoring environmental change."

Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University, Nc e97. (P.O.Box 90630, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0630 U.S.A Phone: (919) 684-5774 Fax: (919) 684-5661 email: "OTS is a not-for-profit consortium of more than 50 universities and research institutions in the United States and Latin America dedicated to providing leadership in education, research, and the wise use of natural resources in the tropics. To this end, OTS maintains three field sites in Costa Rica : La Selva Biological Station, located in the Atlantic lowlands and recognized internationally as one of the premier facilities for rain forest research; Palo Verde Field Station, situated in the northern Pacific lowlands and known for its deciduous dry forest and freshwater marsh; and Las Cruces Biological Station, Wilson Botanical Garden, on Costa Rica's southern Pacific slopes, noted for its extensive collection of palms, bromeliads, and endangered plants from Costa Rica and elsewhere and its mosaic of fragmented premontane rain forests.

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, Crested Butte CO e95 . (Taber Allison, Director, Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, P.O. Box 519, Crested Butte, CO 81224, Phone and Fax (970)349-7231 EMAIL: RMBL occupies the old ghost town of Gothic, at 9500 ft elevation in the Elk Mountains of south-central Colorado. Their GIS lab is still in the early stages but will eventually include spatial data at world, state, county and site levels.

Rutgers University, Nj . (See ECP remote sensing page for Grant Walton Center. For Dr. Scott Madry web info see Univ North Carolina and the private firm Informatics International . "Informatics International is a world-wide corporation dedicated to providing superior services in the integrated technologies of Geoinformatics: consisting of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and related space systems"

Stanford Univerisity . Center for Conservation Biology, Ca e93 . (385 Serra Mall, Stanford CA 94305-5020 USA tel:(650) 725-5585 fax:(650) 723-5920 email: , GIS Contact: John P. Fay, ) "The Center for Conservation Biology was established in 1984 to develop the science of conservation biology, including its application to solutions for critical conservation problems. In particular, the CCB conducts objective scientific and policy research that is building a sound basis for the conservation, management, and restoration of biotic diversity, and the overall management of Earth's life support systems." ...Research Areas: Population, Biodiversity, Environmental Policy, Tropical Research Program. "Stanford University' s Center for Conservation Biology continues to conduct valuable research on a broad range of conservation issues. GIS is becoming an increasingly important component of those research efforts" GIS LAB PROJECTS: include Jasper Ridge, Kirby Canyon, Spring Mountains, Nevada, Masoala, Calakmul, Jatun Sacha . Don't Miss: Checklist of Online Vegetation and Plant Distribution Maps Compiled by Claire Englander and Philip Hoehn .

Stanford University GIS LINKS PAGE .

Tall Timbers Research Station, Fl e97 . (13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-0918 Telephone:(850) 893-4153 x258 Fax:(850) 906-0837, GIS Contact: Leonard A. Brennan, Director of Research, Tall Timbers Research Station, Route 1, Box 678, Tallahassee, FL 32312 USA tel:904-893-4153 ext 229 fax:904-668-7781 ) (see also under The Nature Conservancy in ECP Fire section) "Established 41 years ago as a non-profit scientific and educational organization, Tall Timbers continues to be recognized as a leader in land management, conservation activities, ecological research, and particularly fire ecology." GIS PLAN: ".....Tall Timbers is a small, private biological research station, founded in 1958. We focus primarily on game birds and threatened and endangered species and habitats of this high quality "Red Hills" habitat located in north Florida and south Georgia. We rely heavily on good maps not only for mapping and inventory purposes, but to seek out relationships between the many elements we study. We currently have a TNC heritage-style map system set up on paper USGS topographic quadrangle maps. We plan to move this into a digital system and use this information to better monitor species, habitats, and relationships in this area. We would like to expand the areas surveyed and inventories, and put into the system and the ability of our ornithologist, plant ecologist, research forester, land manager, and game bird researcher to use this information to see relationships between data that are currently very limited." OTHER Gis Projects: "Mapping and documenting environmental and cultural resources of the Red Hills geographical region of north Florida and south Georgia. Ongoing, long-term research on plants, arthropods and vertebrates in the southeastern coastal plain of the United States. "

All text by the respective organizations, January 2, 1997

Compilation & web design: Charles Convis, ESRI Conservation Program, April 2, 1996


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