A leader in landscape conservation science, Dave Theobald leverages deep expertise in quantifying the pattern and process of landscape dynamics to underpin impactful conservation and to inspire action.

My story

As a conservation scientist, I have pursued my passion to conserve the biodiversity of our landscapes. I have taught, mentored, researched, and published at a major university, a large environmental NGO, a federal land management agency, and a start-up non-profit science organization. I have collaborated across all sectors of society and have worked to bridge science with practice.

I have recently reflected on how conservation science has, in my experience, been applied in a mostly reactive and largely un-systematic fashion. That is, conservation efforts typically are in response to broad research proposals, new initiatives developed by agency programs, specific inquiries from clients, or triggered by regulations or laws. These individual efforts are important and necessary, but their impacts depend on past and subsequent efforts, and nested within a broader context. Yet, in practice, conservation must be aligned, sequenced, and coordinated. To address this need, I have re-oriented my work to be proactive, anticipatory, trans-boundary, and envisioning. 



David M. Theobald, PhD (Dave) has worked as a conservation scientist for nearly three decades. At Colorado State University, Dave was a professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources, where he remains an affiliate faculty, an analyst for the Inventory and Monitoring Program at the National Park Service, and a Senior Scientist at the non-profit Conservation Science Partners.

Collaboration is a hallmark of his work. From local to landscape to global scales, Dave works with scientists, decision makers, and interdisciplinary teams from society-at-large, academia, environmental NGOs, public agencies, and private industry. 

His notable accomplishments include: 

Dave fuses spatial analysis, systems and design thinking, social networks, and earth data science to provide products and services that yield fresh insights to expedite conservation and adaptation challenges at local to global scales.