Spatial Analysis in Conservation

In order to protect and conserve wildlife and wild places WCS uses many tactics and tools. One lesser known tool is spatial analysis. Using maps, math, and modeling, experts here get a birds eye view of how our planet is changing and what we can do to protect it. Working with teams all over the world our spatial analysts serve an important function for our conservation mission. Built around standards aligned curriculum this Field Sight Story will help demystify this lesser known facet of conservation research.

Connecting Conservation to the Classroom

Hear from a WCS educator about how spatial analysis can support student learning of science practices such as developing and using models.

Standards and Glossary • English | Español

Planning a Field Survey

In order to understand how to protect wildlife, we have to understand their environment. WCS conservation scientist, Fiona "Boo" Maisels, discusses how conservation decisions are made.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

Modeling a Habitat

Data from spatial surveys is imperative to predict the ideal habitat for a given species. In this clip, students will learn about how spatial analysts determine what factors may be limiting wildlife use of land and space.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

Costs and Benefits in Conservation Choices

WCS takes a holistic view of wildlife conservation, considering not only current ranges of wildlife, but historic ones. Understanding the range of wildlife and how that connects to land use patterns is necessary for wildlife conservation planning.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

Conducting a Local Field Survey

WCS engages in habitat conservation both in the field and in our New York City zoos and aquarium. Our Horticulture staff collect data in the natural areas throughout the Bronx Zoo as a part of a forest survey to help maintain the New York watershed. This example demonstrates how local surveys can help us understand nature in your own communities.

Lesson Plan • English | Español

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