Presented by Robert Rose, Executive Director, Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC)
Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 — 1:30 pm ET 

The Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) at William & Mary launched in January of 2020 with a mission of cultivating an inclusive community of creative thought leaders to deliver timely, innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation challenges. The IIC team will work towards this mission through two main pathways: 1) by bringing together global expertise, diverse perspectives, and an entrepreneurial mindset to address conservation challenges and 2) helping to prepare the next generation of bold, compassionate, and principled conservationists.

In this talk, Executive Director Dr. Robert Rose discusses the launch of the IIC, the IIC definition of “integrative conservation”, the foundational activities, and emerging initiatives including a proposal to support US land trusts and the development of a next-generation conservation capacity platform. In addition, he discusses opportunities to engage IIC faculty and students on collaborative conservation projects. 

Robert came to William & Mary in 2015 as the Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA). Prior to William & Mary, he spent seven years at the Wildlife Conservation Society as the Assistant Director of Conservation Support, a team that provided technical support and training to conservation programs around the globe. Robert’s interests include conservation and conservation planning, the use of GIS and remote sensing to better understand drivers of land change and broader conservation issues, the promotion of remote sensing for conservation applications, and the integration of advanced and interactive geovisualization tools to better engage students in the classroom. Robert earned a Ph.D. in Geography with a minor in ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.