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William Gould

William A. Gould

Research Ecologist
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba
San Juan, PR 00926-1119
Phone: 787-764-7790
Fax: 787-766-6302
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Current Research

  • Leading the USDA Caribbean Climate Subsidiary Hub.
  • Leading the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
  • Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands terrestrial, marine, and freshwater gap analysis projects.
  • Breeding Bird Atlas of Puerto Rico.
  • Mapping eco-management units for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Future scenarios: Vegetation dynamics, hydrologic, climate, and urban growth modeling.
  • Developing a Fire Danger Rating System for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Developing a database of fire occurrences in Puerto Rico.
  • Arctic Observing Network (AON): Study of arctic ecosystem changes.
  • Lichen monitoring for forest health assessment in the Puerto Rico.

Research Interests

My research involves integrating field and remote sensing data to analyze landscape patterns and processes in a wide range of ecosystems including tropical, temperate, boreal and arctic biomes. I am active in studies of conservation science, biodiversity, ecology, land cover mapping, modeling future scenarios for conservation planning, and field education and outreach.

Past Research

  • Furthering the science of remote sensing of biodiversity patterns.
  • Documenting long–term response of arctic vegetation to recent climate change.
  • Developing widely used landcover, biodiversity and conservation information for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • Developing the Forest Service Research Map Publication Series (RMAP).

Why This Research is Important

There are a lot of uncertainties in how natural and social systems will respond to changes in climate and land use. My research helps better understand the current matrix of habitats, species distributions, and human use and infrastructure that make up the landscape - and how these might respond to things like sea level rise, increasing drought or storm frequency, urban growth, and other changes.

Education

  • Department of Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. , Ph. D. Ecology. Dissertation: A multiple-scale analysis of plant species richness, vegetation, landscape heterogeneity, and spectral diversity along an Arctic river., 1998
  • Plant Biology Department, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. , M.S. Ecology. Thesis: Macrolichens of the Coppermine, Hood, and Thomsen Rivers, Northwest Territories, Canada., 1992
  • Plant Biology Department, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. , B.S. Biology., 1988

Professional Experience

  • Director, USDA Caribbean Climate Subsidiary Hub, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2014 - Current
  • Coordinator, Caribbean Lanedscape Conservation Cooperative, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2012 - Current
  • GS-0408-14, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2009 - Current
  • Adjunct Research Associate, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Institute of Arctic Biology, Alaska Geobotany Center, Fairbanks, AK.
    1999 - Current
  • GS-0408-13, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2003 - 2009
  • GS-0408-12, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2002 - 2003
  • GS-0408-12, term appointment, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2001 - 2002
  • Adjunct Scientist and National Science Foundation SMETE Postdoctoral Fellow, USDA Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.
    2000 - 2001
  • National Science Foundation SMETE Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska.
    1999 - 2001
  • Research Associate, University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Boulder, CO.
    1998 - 1999
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Boulder, CO.
    1996 - 1998
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Boulder, CO.
    1992 - 1997
  • Instructor, Arctic Field Ecology Course, University of Colorado, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Boulder, CO.
    1987 - 1994
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.
    1988 - 1992
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Cedar Creek Natural History Area (LTER site).
    1986 - 1986

Professional Organizations

  • International Journal Of Biodiversity And Conservation, Editorial Board Member (2009 - Current)
    Serve as reviewer.
  • Journal Of Landscape And Urban Planning, Editorial Board Member (2007 - Current)
    Serve as reviewer.
  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2000 - Current)
    AGU member.
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (2000 - Current)
    ESA member.
  • Ecological Society of America, Board Member (2009 - 2012)
    Serve as board member on panel
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (1997 - 2002)
    IAVS member
  • American Bryological And Lichenological Society, Member (1992 - 1998)
    ABLS member

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


IITF-2010-005
Climate and vegetation change in Alaskan tundra.

Studies of tundra vegetation changes in recent decades have predicted an increase in the relative abundance of shrubs in response to climate war ...

2010


IITF-2011-03
Integrating Research, Education, and Traditional Knowledge in Ecology

Integrating research and education is a fundamental goal of research institutions and agencies but specific approaches not widely published in e ...

2011


IITF-2010-003
Mapping snags and understory shrubs with LiDAR to assess wildlife habitat suitability.

Forest Service scientists evaluated the use of LiDAR data for mapping the presence/absence of understory shrub species and different snag diamet ...

2010


IITF-2010-004
Protected areas of Puerto Rico: Terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity protection.

Forest Service scientists have mapped public and private lands designated for special protection in Puerto Rico. We identified 115 terrestrial a ...

2010


IITF-2013-024
Scientist Develops Fire Danger Rating System and Fire Weather Zones for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

New Fire Weather Zones and a Fire Danger Rating System Developed for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

2013


IITF-2013-023
Scientists Complete New Database for Modeling and Mapping Species Distributions

Forest Service scientists completed two large project reports: The U.S. Virgin Islands Terrestrial Gap Analysis Project delivered to the USGS Na ...

2013


Last updated on : 09/22/2014