John Gallo, Ph.D.
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.
- Synthesizing Vulnerability, Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability into VRRSability for Improving Geoinformation Decision Support Evaluations
- A Transparent and Intuitive Modeling Framework and Software for Efficient Land Allocation
- The iCASS Platform: Nine principles for landscape conservation design