Tom Robinson

Tom Robinson


Tom works to create resilient ecosystems by supporting effective and efficient land use decision-making. A landscape ecologist and conservation planner with the Bay Area Open Space Council, Tom brings together scientists, state and local government staff, and NGO partners to integrate environmental data, fill critical gaps, and develop adaptive spatial decision support systems to steer conservation policies and actions toward impactful outcomes. Tom is working with The Nature Conservancy and several other partners to communicate the climate and ecosystem service benefits of land conservation to the public and community leaders. The goal of these collaborations is to help communities view their immediate landscape as the source of their wellbeing, economic prosperity, and security, and to strengthen the link between local conservation priorities and investments and state and federal priorities and incentive programs. Tom holds a BS in ecology, behavior, and evolution from UC San Diego, and a MS in geographic information systems from San Francisco State. His work explores ecosystem approaches to conservation, which consider the ecological functions and processes that sustain ecosystem health. For his master's thesis, Tom developed methods to model riparian zones that incorporate geomorphological, ecological, and hydrological processes to more effectively prioritize protection and enhancement of riparian systems within a region, with the goal of making ecosystems and human communities more resilient in the face of climate change. Tom is driven by a deep connection with nature and takes immeasurable pleasure in enjoying its wonders with his children, especially by bike, boat, or boot.

Fellow Activity

Fellows in the News | Feb 15, 2016

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
San Francisco State University, MS
Current Position:
Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation
Bay Area Open Space Council
Conservation Science & Biology
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Natural Resource Management
Water Resources
Currently Working On:
Measuring land conservation success in the SF Bay Area through the Conservation Lands Network framework.
2316 Avenida de las Brisas
Santa Rosa, California 95405
(707) 758-1761

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