John Gallo, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

John Gallo is a geographer and landscape ecologist performing “action research” in conservation assessment, planning, and implementation. Action research applies best practices and explores scientific frontiers while performing applied conservation projects. It also puts the  needs of clients, stakeholders, and decision-makers over those of research if they come into budgetary or methodological conflicts. 

One of his action research emphases is on connectivity conservation: 

  • building connectivity modeling and mapping software for prioritizing efforts, 

  • improving the design and communication methods for a key model input (the “resistance surface”)

  • incorporating climate change considerations, and 

  • combining results from many focal species and structural connectivity analyses to make a single “master map” and web tool for connectivity conservation in a region. 

A second emphasis is on Landscape Conservation Design, a recent re-framing of conservation planning with increased emphasis on engaging stakeholders and end users in the iterative steps of convening, assessment, spatial design, and strategy design (iCASS). He is looking especially at how to best link this with strategy implementation and monitoring; and to better include citizen science. Current projects include components of this in Santa Barbara, Fort Bragg, and Sonoma County, CA, and development of a customizable decision support system to support the process (see Projects, below).

John has worked as an action researcher for 20 years with three non-profit organizations, and as a post-doctoral researcher in South Africa. He received a Ph.D. in Geography at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), with several fellowships and an award for exceptional “promise in Geographic Information Science.” He received, with top honors, his B.A. in Environmental Studies and his B.S. in Ecology and Evolution at UCSB.


Assessing fire damaged watersheds
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden and CBI partner to assess fire-damaged watersheds and prioritize management actions.
CBI supports Ft. Bragg Headlands region
CBI to support Noyo Center for Marine Science, the Noyo Headlands Unified Design Group (NHUDG) and the members of Fort Bragg Headlands Consortium as they work to increase public access to data to empower decisions that benefit landscapes and community.
Landscape connectivity for OR and WA
In partnership with NPLCC, CBI to identify connectivity pathways and prioritize corridors for focal species in PNW coastal ecoregion.

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Citizen Science, Place, & Conservation: Published Paper & Opportunity
  People matter. Place matters. The people of a place matter. That was one of the big messages of the inspirational plenary presentation by Chris Filardi at the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association. It moved me to stand up and ask him and the room about this intersection between place and citizen science, and to organize an impromptu lunch meeting on the topic a few days later.  After pulling many tables together ...

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