Robert Rose

Hubert H. Humphrey Visiting Professor (Fall 2014)
Remote Sensing, Landuse

Dr. Robert Rose is the Assistant Director of the Conservation Support Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

Robert joined WCS after receiving his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation research investigated how changes in the farming structure and the growth of recreational housing have affected both the amount and pattern of land cover change in northwestern Wisconsin from 1972 to 2002. Through both quantitative and qualitative analysis this research documented the causes and consequences of forest clearing in some areas and forest regrowth in others. Dr. Rose draws heavily on land change analysis using multiple dates of LANDSAT scenes as well as GIS techniques to obtain relevant independent variables for the model. The research also utilizes landscape ecology metrics at multiple scales in order to model the relationship between the selected indicator variables and increasing and decreasing forest fragmentation. In addition to his dissertation research, Dr. Rose has been involved in numerous other wildlife related research projects in both domestic and international settings. These projects include assessing and predicting elephant foraging in agroecosystems outside the Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary in Cameroon, and similarly, developing a spatial model of wolf depredation on livestock in Wisconsin. He has also worked on team research projects funded by Conservation International to identify patterns and processes of forest loss at the edge of a national park in Uganda and 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.

Dr. Rose is the 2014-2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Visiting Professor at Macalester College.  He will teach two courses in the 2014 fall semester:  1)  Introduction to Remote Sensing and 2) Land Change and Conservation Planning:  Understanding and mitigating a threat to critical habitat.