Dr. Dave Theobald is a geographer, conservation biologist, and landscape ecologist who specializes in assessing the effects of land use change on wildlife habitat and biodiversity at local to national to global scales. For over 20 years, he has collaborated on landscape assessments and interdisciplinary projects, including resource assessments, inventories of protected lands, connectivity and permeability studies, and analyses of proposed policy changes on natural resource sustainability. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, and his M.A. from Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara. Recent projects he has led include leading an natural resource condition assessment of Rocky Mountain National Park, analyzing trade-offs in the effects of proposed planning policies on the sustainability of Ouray County, directing the inventory of open space and protected lands in Colorado (COMaP), developing national forecasts of development patterns that are consistent with climate change scenarios (called Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios), and identifying movement through natural landscapes at continental scales.
A long-time member of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Dave currently serves on the board of directors for SCB’s North American section. He is active with the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow program and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.
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