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  • June 10, 2015
    A Conversation with Gwynne Nell Corrigan
    by Kai Foster, M.A. (0 Comments)
    In the third in a series of conversations between staff at the Conservation Biology Institute, Gwynne Nell Corrigan, Communications Guru, at CBI, shares with Kai Foster, GIS Specialist, about backup singer dreams, a Burmese python named “Katy”, and the brilliant challenge that rocked her world. Can you describe your job in 5 words I have to do six because I’m ...
  • April 2, 2013
    Nobody'z Trash
    by Kai Foster, M.A. (0 Comments)
    In 2011, I was invited to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop in Kilauea Military Camp, Hawaii  focused on Indigenous peoples and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  My experience working with this diverse group, later named the Hi'iaka group, was incredibly complex and rewarding. Many challenges and opportunities exist in digital mapping from an indigenous perspective ...
  • November 1, 2012
    More than just polygons
    by Kai Foster, M.A. (0 Comments)
    For the past year and a half I have been aggregating protected areas spatial data from a wide range of sources and formatting them to meet a standard framework. The end result is the latest version of Conservation Biology Institute’s (CBI) Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US CBI Edition Version 2).  Processing these data into an easy-to-query ...
  • June 14, 2012
    The Birnam Wood - The Moving Forest
    by Kai Foster, M.A. (0 Comments)
     This map was made in Data Basin (www.databasin.org) of Ponderosa Pine viability from the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. This morning, a colleague of mine shared with me a fantastic short video made by James Thorne, a Research Ecologist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at University of California, Davis.  The video highlights ...
  • October 5, 2009
    Access to Nature; a right or a privilege?
    by Kai Foster, M.A. (0 Comments)
    How does where we are from influence how we connect with nature? I have spent most of my life living on the west coast of the United States, a place full of wide open spaces and natural diversity. Recently I travelled to Croatia to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka Jereza) National Park , a popular tourist destination ...
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