2019 SCGIS 22nd Annual Conference

Jul 15, 2019 to Jul 17, 2019, Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey CA

Pre-Conference workshops: Sunday July 14, 2019

Bridging the Nature-Human Divide - Annual International Conference

Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today, it is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how we get together now around the world, and get out of the mess that we've made. That's the key thing now.”

-Jane Goodall

Understanding our “Place in Space”

In our modern world, human population is growing explosively; we do not have the luxury to consider humans as separate from nature. We must examine our language, actions, and use map analysis to identify and erase those concepts and behaviors that lead humans to act “apart” from nature.  We must learn to manage ourselves within the context of a fast-changing world and climate.

The success of conservation and restoration efforts is cause for celebration, and hope for future. That success has also led to new and more complex conflicts as once-extirpated species re-integrate into human-dominated landscapes, and the increasingly devastating consequences of dramatically altered ecosystems are realized. Our actions influence attitudes and decision making about social needs, industrial resource extraction, urban development, recreation, water management, and more.

This year for the SCGIS Plenary and conference theme, we choose to reflect on “Bridging the Nature-Human Divide”.  As researchers, data stewards, storytellers, activists, college professors, leaders, conservationists, natural resource managers, and GIS practitioners (to name a few!) we are in a unique position to develop and share an understanding of the human role in the ecosystems we inhabit.  

We invite you to come meet our esteemed keynote speaker Mr. Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and co-director of the Resilient Landscapes program.

Mr. Grossinger studies how landscapes have changed since European contact and how to reintegrate natural process in highly modified landscapes.  Come listen to his plenary talk which draws on SFEI’s historical ecology studies of highly-modified landscapes, and urban biodiversity frameworks which look at spatial patterns in cities. And learn about some local California examples such as the “re-oaking” of Silicon Valley.



  • Live streaming of keynote session
  • Student Paper Competition
  • We will have our “Maps for Advocacy” track again this year
  • A special Conservation Remote Sensing track in partnership with CRSnet
  • Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday July 14th:
    1. Spatial Analysis Workflows in ArcGIS Pro (Instructor: Miriam Schmidts)
    2. Data Visualization and Cartography in QGIS (Instructor: Kurt Menke), with the option of receiving a certificate
    3. Spatial Data Analysis with R (Instructor: Andy Lyons)
    4. Drone Imagery Workflows in ArcGIS (Instructor: Amadea Azerki)
    5. Spatial Decision Making - Identifying Priorities and Trade-offs with GIS (Instructor: Max Wright)
  • A beautiful California state park and beach setting!
  • A popular tour of the nearby monarch butterfly habitat by Stu Weiss - a renowned butterfly and climate adaptation scientist in the Bay Area 


Use this link to book your room at ASILOMAR

* Do not register with Asilomar directly; we have a block of rooms reserved. If you register directly with Asilomar, your reservation will not count toward our reserved block and we will be charged for all rooms that we do not fill. 

* When you are redirected to the Asilomar site, you should see "Welcome to the Society for Conservation GIS at Asilomar' at the top of the page.