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. One of his action research emphasized 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. 

  • An analysis and report that illustrates all this is here.

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). Within this realm, he is looking especially at:

  • Developing and deploying advances in spatial decision support systems (SDSS)
  • Better enabling strategy implementation and monitoring
  • And better including citizen science

Many components of this LCD are inclued in current projects in 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.


CBI’s climate risk and resilience work
We can either meet these grand challenges headlong in a proactive way, or we will fail to plan and end up on the back foot, with tragic results.
Fire Risk Mitigation in Santa Barbara Co
The tool will serve as a community resource within the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint and should improve communication, network building, and support community priorities through a regional approach to fire resilience and habitat health.
Remote Sensing/Machine Learning for CRP
Remote Sensing, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning to Characterize Conservation Reserve Program Lands in Washington, Colorado, Kansas and Mississippi

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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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