Investigating alternative land use/habitat conservation strategies using GIS and optimization modeling

Principal Investigators:

Michael Gilpin, and Peter A. Stine

Our proposal intends to explore a future phase of the Alameda/Contra Costa Biodiversity project by development of a tool for considering all land uses and assigning values that can be used in solving for an "optimum" allocation of the limited land resources of the study area. We expect that the kinds of spatially explicit data considered in a model will include locations of wildlife habitat and sensitive species, wetlands, ranches and farms, infrastructure (power lines, water facilities), areas of future development, roads, etc. Through the expertise... more

Participants and Meetings


Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group7th—9th June 1996Participant List  
Graduate Student14th July—15th September 1997Participant List  
Working Group1st—2nd October 1997Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Bryan BakerSonoma State University
Richard L. Churchchurch@geog.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
James CutlerContra Costa County Community Development Department
Michael GilpinUniversity of California, San Diego
John KopchikContra Costa County Community Development Department
Todd Olsontolson@tmccompanies.comTMC Communities
Peter A. Stinepstine@fs.fed.usUS National Biological Service
Beth Stonebstone@ebparks.orgEast Bay Regional Park District
Tom Covacova@geog.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Chris BazarAlameda County Community Development Agency
Ross Gerrardrgerrard@fs.fed.usUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Joanne KarltonCalifornia Department of Fish and Game

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Presentations Chaplin, Steve; Gerrard, Ross. 1997. Identifying concentrations of imperiled species in the United States. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 13 August 1997. Albuquerque, NM.
Book Chapter Chaplin, Steve; Gerrard, Ross; Watson, Hal M.; Master, Larry; Flack, Stephanie R. 2000. The geography of imperilment: Targeting conservation towards critical biodiversity areas. Edited by Stein, Bruce A.; Kutner, Lynn S.; Adams, Jonathan S. Precious Heritage: Status of Biodiversity in the United States. Oxford University Press. New York. Pages 159-200.
Journal Article Church, Richard L.; Gerrard, Ross; Hollander, Allan; Stoms, David M. 2000. Understanding the tradeoffs between site quality and species presence in reserve site selection. Forest Science. Vol: 46. Pages 157-167.
Presentations Church, Richard L.; Gerrard, Ross. 2002. Solving patch-based reserve design problems. Institute for Operations Research and Management Science Annual Meeting, November 2002. San Jose, CA.
Journal Article Church, Richard L.; Gerrard, Ross; Gilpin, Michael; Stine, Peter A. 2003. Constructing cell-based habitat patches useful in conservation planning. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol: 93(4). Pages 814-827. (Abstract)
Presentations Gerrard, Ross; Church, Richard L.; Gilpin, Michael; Stine, Peter A. 1998. Combining expert opinion, GIS, and operations research in a single species reserve design. Craighead Environmental Research Institute GIS and Reserve Design Meeting, 13 October 1998. Tom Miner Basin, MT.
Presentations Gerrard, Ross. 1999. An optimization approach to redwood stand selection for the Headwaters Forest HCP. Craighead Environmental Research Institute GIS and Reserve Design Meeting, 8 October 1999. Tom Miner Basin, MT.
Presentations Gerrard, Ross; Church, Richard L.; Gilpin, Michael; Stine, Peter A. 1999. Combining expert opinion, GIS, and optimization in natural reserve planning. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, 25 March 1999. Honolulu, HI.
Presentations Gerrard, Ross. 2000. Globally imperiled species in the U.S.: Estimating the area needed for their conservation. Craighead Environmental Research Institute GIS and Reserve Design Meeting, 18 October 2000. Tom Miner Basin, MT.
Report or White Paper Gerrard, Ross. 2001. An optimization model to select redwood stands for the conservation of the Marbled Murrelet in the Headwaters Forest HCP. Endagered Species Update. Vol: 18. Pages 228-232.
Journal Article Gerrard, Ross; Stine, Peter A.; Church, Richard L.; Gilpin, Michael. 2001. Habitat evaluation using GIS: A case study applied to the San Joaquin Kit Fox. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol: 52. Pages 239-255.
Presentations Gerrard, Ross; Church, Richard L.; Stine, Peter A. 2004. Modeling California spotted owl habitat in the central Sierra Nevada. Fifty-first North American Meeting of the Regional Science Association International, November 2004. Seattle, Washington.
Report or White Paper Gilpin, Michael; Stine, Peter A.; Church, Richard L.; Gerrard, Ross. 1998. March 19, 1998 NCEAS Working Group Report. (Online version)
Report or White Paper Stoms, David M.; Davis, Frank W.; Church, Richard L.; Gerrard, Ross. Economic instruments for habitat conservation. Final Report to The World Bank. Washington, D.C..
"Investigating alternative land use/habitat conservation strategies using GIS and optimization modeling" is project ID: 2254