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Craig Groves

Craig Groves

Senior Scientist

Craig Groves is currently a Senior Scientist in TNC’s Science for Nature and People Initiative (SNAP), a collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) that helps fund and facilitate multi-disciplinary working groups to address some of conservation’s most challenging problems. He also serves as the Series Editor for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Best Practice Guidelines. Prior to the SNAP initiative, Craig directed the Conservation Methods Team in the Central Science group of the Conservancy, a team of scientists who work to improve conservation planning and monitoring methods, tools, and applications. From 2002-2007, Craig worked as a conservation biologist and planner for the Wildlife Conservation Society, both in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in selected international projects.  Earlier in his career, Craig launched the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (a cooperative biodiversity inventory program between TNC and state government), worked as a nongame and endangered species biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and served as the Director of Conservation Planning for TNC from 1997-2002 where he led the efforts to develop ecoregional plans. He has written and published a book on conservation planning (Drafting a Conservation Blueprint, Island Press 2003) as well as numerous popular and scientific articles on conservation planning and on the ecology of at-risk species in the Rocky Mountains. His second book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet (with co-author Eddie Game) is due out in the fall of 2014.


Climate Change and Conservation Assessments

Game, E. T., C. Groves, M. Andersen, M. Cross, C. Enquist, Z. Ferdaña, E. Girvetz, A. Gondor, K. Hall, J. Higgins, R. Marshall, K. Popper, S. L. Shafer 2009. Incorporating climate change adaptation into regional conservation assessments. The Nature Conservancy: Arlington, Virginia. 

Planning: New Tools and Approaches

Hilty, J. A. and C. R. Groves. 2008. Conservation planning: new tools and new approaches. In R. Knight and C. White , eds., Conservation for a New Generation: Redefining Natural Resources Management. Island Press, Washington, D. C.

Drafting a Conservation Blueprint

Groves, C. R. 2003. Drafting A Conservation Blueprint: A Pracitioners’ Guide to Planning for Biodiversity. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Planning for Biodiversity Conservation

Groves, C. R., D. B. Jensen, L. L. Valutis, K. H. Redford, M. L. Shaffer, J. M. Scott, J. V. Baumgartner, J. V. Higgins, M. W. Beck, and M. G. Anderson. 2002. Planning for biodiversity conservation: putting conservation science into practice. BioScience 52:499-512.

Designing a Geography of Hope

Groves, C., L. Valutis, D. Vosick, B. Neely, K. Wheaton, J. Touval, and B. Runnels. 2000. Designing a Geography of Hope: a Practitioner’s Handbook for Ecoregional Conservation Planning. 2nd edition. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington VA.

Craig Groves

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