David Gadsden

David Gadsden, Esri’s Director of Conservation Solutions, is an applied geographer with more than two decades of experience applying geospatial technology to address complex humanitarian and conservation challenges. Gadsden earned a geography degree from the University of Washington in 1995 and later served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in rural Tanzania, working on community-based natural resource management. In his early career he architected and implemented GIS solutions to address environmental, social, public safety, emergency response and construction engineering challenges while working for both commercial and nonprofit organizations. In 2002, Gadsden joined Esri, where he initially served as a technical advisor to the United Nations, US Department of State, and USAID. He has helped a diverse community leverage the “Science of Where” to address complex challenges ranging from global health, disaster response, wildlife protection, green infrastructure, tribal governance, historic preservation and community development.

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African Parks Uses Tracking to Combat Poaching and Protect Animals

African Parks uses location intelligence to track wildlife and battle poachers, and in the process learns more about animal behavior.

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Dr. Jane Goodall: Patient Observation Lets You See What Others Can’t

The Jane Goodall Institute makes use of geospatial technology to increase the scale and pace of conservation impact.

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E. O. Wilson: Micro Lens Reveals Macro Understanding

E. O. Wilson’s unique perspective allowed him to see what others can’t—conceiving island biogeography, sociobiology, and biodiversity.

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Winter Sports Advocates Map Economic Impact of Climate Change

Protect Our Winters uses GIS to research the economic impacts of low snow totals, using dollars and cents as a motivator in their outreach.

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Connecting Cumberland Trails for Recreation and Conservation

The Cumberland Trails Conference uses maps and apps to combine fragmented habitats into a network of trails and wildlife corridors.

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On Battling Climate Change

The combination of on-the-ground forest plot data from GIS and satellite data provides a whole new vision of the global forest system.

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Defending Elephants in Africa

Mapping provides the needed situational awareness to combat poaching in a conflict-torn region of Africa.

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Location Technology Helps the Legally Vulnerable After Disasters

Location intelligence helps deliver civil legal aid to the most vulnerable populations.

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Researchers Map Prejudice in Minneapolis’ Past

Mapping the history of racial segregation in Minneapolis reveals lasting impacts.

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