Land Management, Bioversity Conservation
I am interested in using geographic information to guide land
use decision making. My past research has involved ecological
corridor modeling, geographic assessment of biofuels policy in
the tropics, global grassland ecosystem mapping, fine scale
mapping of natural and non-natural grasslands using remotely
sensed data, and ecosystem service and biodiversity assessment
for infrastructure development in Myanmar. My research at UMBC
builds on these experiences working in the Lab for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology to
ask questions about the interactions between human land use and
biophysical systems. The aim is to produce geographic
visualizations and information to develop land use management
practices that enhance human well-being, biodiversity
conservation and ecosystem service provisioning.
Dixon, A., Faber-Langendoen, D., Josse, C., Morrison, J., Loucks, C. 2014. Distribution mapping of worldgrassland types.
Biogeography, Vol 41, 11, 2003-2019.
Promoting sustainable land use planning in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia: Building mapping capacity for sustainability. August 2014. WWF-Indonesia. Jakarta.
Project management and cartographic design for Sigaptaru, a collaborative mapping website to integrate with land use planning stakeholders in Sumatra, Indonesia. Released May 2013. WWF-Indonesia. Jakarta.
Poster: Global Grasslands. ESRI International User’s Conference. July 2013. Award: Second Place - Single Map Product
Poster: Planning for Conservation in the Ruvuma Landscape: critical ecosystems and need for human development. March 2011. ESRI and SCGIS Conservation Mapping Contest. Award: First Place - Best Use of Science
Master’s thesis: Modeling ecological connectivity in a protected area network in southeast Tanzania; in support of Master of Science, Geographic Information Science, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, July 2012.