Senior Director, Conservation Science Program
Colby has provided satellite-based mapping technology for some of the most advanced conservation research and discovery in the last decade. He supported a 2004 giant panda study that helped lead to the establishment of seven new protected areas and five new panda corridors in the Qinling Mountains. More recently, he led a collaborative project that included the most comprehensive study of tigers and their range ever conducted.
These projects have three elements in common: WWF, Colby and sophisticated geographic information systems technology known as GIS. Colby combines satellite imagery, digital maps and other technologies to support WWF's conservation programs worldwide. He has even collaborated with NASA scientists on space-based analyses measuring humanity's global consumption patterns and their impact on biodiversity.
“The high-tech analyses we're doing at WWF are revolutionizing the field of conservation by helping us map animal habitats, ecosystem services and hydrologic functions in a whole new way.”
More on Colby
- MEM - Resource Ecology, Duke University
- BS - Biology, The College of William and Mary
Areas of Expertise
- Biodiversity conservation
- Landscape ecology
- Conservation biology
- Conservation planning