CLEMSON – Conservation biologist and landscape ecologist David Theobald is coming to Clemson to talk about the effects of land use change on wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

David Theobald of Conservation Science Partners is scheduled to speak at Clemson University on April 5. Theobald is a pioneer in applying Geographical Information Systems to solve natural resource problems.

David Theobald, a pioneer in applying Geographical Information Systems to solve natural resource problems,  is scheduled to speak at Clemson University on April 5.
Image Credit: Conservation Science Partners

Theobald will be on campus from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., April 5 at the Strom Thurmond Institute, 230 Kappa St., Clemson, SC 29634. His presentation, From mapping ecological integrity to monitoring landscapes, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 3:45 p.m.

Sam Silknetter, one of the student organizers of this event, said Theobald’s visit is part of the Clemson Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation’s Ecology and Natural Resources Speaker Series. Theobald’s visit is supported by Rob Baldwin, Margaret H. Lloyd – SmartState Endowment chair for Clemson.

Nakisha Fouch is a doctoral candidate from Coshocton, Ohio who works in Baldwin’s lab. Fouch said Theobald’s work reaches across the globe.

“Dr. Theobald is a geographer, conservation biologist and landscape ecologist who specializes in assessing the effects of land use change on wildlife habitat and biodiversity at local to national to global scales,” Fouch said. “For more than 20 years, Dr. Theobald has collaborated on landscape assessments and interdisciplinary projects, including resource assessments, inventories of protected lands, connectivity and permeability studies, and analyses of proposed policy changes on natural resource sustainability. We are excited to have him visit our campus and talk to us about his research.”

In addition to being a geographer, conservation biologist and landscape ecologist, Theobald also is a long-time member of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and currently serves on the board of directors for SCB’s North American section. His research has broad applicability in natural resources, conservation biology, geospatial technology, landscape architecture, and more. He is active with the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow program and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Much of his work is geospatial and uses geographic information systems (GIS) to develop maps as visual aids in understanding and protecting natural resources.  Dr. Theobald already has ties to Clemson as he is currently collaborating with Clemson faculty and students to assess the effectiveness of conservation easements.

“The benefits to attending this seminar are numerous, but I think most important is that he combines multiple disciplines using a diverse set of tools and can hopefully explain, to a diverse audience, why conservation matters,” Fouch said.

Daniel Hanks, a post-doctoral researcher from Anderson who also works in Baldwin’s Lab, said Theobald’s visit is important because of what it can mean for the future of South Carolina’s natural resources.

“It is exciting to have such a renowned and respected conservation scientist coming to Clemson to share his knowledge and experience,” Hanks said. “The work Dr. Theobald has contributed to conservation is certainly something we can learn from and put into practice within South Carolina as we continue to work towards protecting our bountiful natural resources now and into the future.”

For more information about this event, contact Silknetter at samsilknetter@gmail.com

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