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Robert Rose

College of William & Mary - Williamsburg, VA

  •    College of William & Mary - Williamsburg, VA


  •    Member Profile

  • Dr. Robert Rose is the Assistant Director of the Conservation Support Program at the WildlifeConservation Society.

    Robert joined WCS after receiving his Ph.D. in geographyfrom the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation research investigated how changesin the farming structure and the growth of recreational housing have affected both the amountand pattern of land cover change in northwestern Wisconsin from 1972 to 2002. Through bothquantitative and qualitative analysis this research documented the causes and consequences offorest clearing in some areas and forest regrowth in others. Dr. Rose draws heavily on landchange analysis using multiple dates of LANDSAT scenes as well as GIS techniques to obtainrelevant independent variables for the model. The research also utilizes landscape ecologymetrics at multiple scales in order to model the relationship between the selected indicatorvariables and increasing and decreasing forest fragmentation. In addition to his dissertationresearch, Dr. Rose has been involved in numerous other wildlife related research projects in bothdomestic and international settings. These projects include assessing and predicting elephant foragingin agroecosystems outside the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary in Cameroon, and similarly,developing a spatial model of wolf depredation on livestock in Wisconsin (with Profs. A. Treves, L.Naughton and D. Mladenoff). He has also worked on team research projects funded by ConservationInternational to identify patterns and processes of forest loss at the edge of a national park in Ugandaand to assess broad-scale deforestation around South American parks and reserves.

    In his role with WCS, Robert supports international WCS conservation sites through GIS and remote sensing activities and capacity building including spatial analysis, mapping, land change analysis and species range-wide priority setting.   He has worked on numerous REDD development projects including a recently completed REDD feasibility study in Cameroon.  Robert’s current work includes an assessment of tiger habitat change and corridor assessment in Malaysia, a Cross Rivers Gorilla habitat suitability model, development of an on-line introduction to conservation remote sensing course and an assessment of cetacean habitat use off the coast of Madagascar.  He also manages a spatial analysis support lab that provides technical support to WCS’s global landscapes and is the WCS lead on species range wide planning activities.