Present and future potential of EO data for biodiversity conservation decision support. How can EO data together with in situ data can be transformed into conservation intelligence directly applicable to stakeholders from national to local levels? How can open data and international public-private partnerships support the transformational change needed to reverse the current trend of biodiversity loss? What are the main opportunities and challenges to make this change a reality?
Speakers: Healy Hamilton, PhD
Chief Scientist at NatureServe
Dr. Healy Hamilton is Chief Scientist at NatureServe, a U.S.-based biodiversity information network focused on management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. She is a biodiversity scientist with graduate degrees from Yale and the University of California, Berkeley, and extensive field experience in the tropical forests of Latin America. At NatureServe, Dr. Hamilton leads a staff with expertise in ecology, zoology, botany, data science, and information management. Together they deliver foundational information on the distribution, conservation status and trends of species and their habitats. She is also a world expert on the taxonomy and evolution of seahorses and their relatives. Dr. Hamilton is an elected Executive Committee member of the IUCN U.S. National Committee, an Honorary Fellow of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a contributor to the IUCN Species Survival Commission for Seahorses and Pipefish, and a member of the Key Biodiversity Areas Committee. She is the recent past President of the Society for Conservation GIS, a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership fellow, and a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar.