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Tim Boucher


Tim Boucher

Senior Conservation Geographer

Tim Boucher is a conservation geographer at The Nature Conservancy. Working in international conservation science since 1998, he has used remote sensing and geographic information science to assess habitat condition, protection, and threats. He has conducted field assessments on six continents, applying spatial analyses to a wide range of conservation issues ranging from marine spawning aggregations in Belize to global land-cover analysis.

In 2012, he investigated the linkages between conservation and human well-being. This research assessed the condition of grassland conservation projects that have socio-economic components. Using satellite data, he tested whether the conservation action has resulted in improved or stabilized grassland condition by comparing the conservation area against control sites. This work was conducted in South Africa, Mongolia, Ecuador and Kenya.

He has also worked on the Dow Collaboration – one that will help businesses incorporate the value of nature into their decision-making. Specifically, he investigated the effects of climate change on coastal habitats and their value on mitigating natural hazards.

Recently, Tim led the Natural Infrastructure Theme in Central Science, which examined where and how natural solutions may be effective and economical alongside or instead of gray solutions (e.g., levees, sea walls), with the goal of contributing the evidence base that can inform investments made by communities, governments and industry.

Currently, Tim is working on developing novel, scientifically credible and cost effective ways to provide monitoring information for conservation project and programs.

Amongst his many publications, Tim is a co-author and the senior geographer for the Atlas of Global Conservation, and responsible for publishing the maps online. Tim is a South African native, has a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Maryland, enjoys photography, hiking, and is an avid birder with an enviable life list.Tim is also a regular contributor to Cool Green Science, blogging about birds, science and things that pique his interest

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Publications

2016

McDonald, R., Kroeger, T., Boucher, T., Longzhu, W. & Salem, R. (2016). Planting healthy air: a global analysis of the role of urban trees in addressing particulate matter pollution and extreme heat. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA.

McDonald, R.I., Weber, K.F., Padowski, J., Boucher, T. & Shemie, D. (2016). Estimating watershed degradation over the last century and its impact on water-treatment costs for the world’s large cities. PNAS, 201605354.

Reddy, S.M., Guannel, G., Griffin, R., Faries, J., Boucher, T., Thompson, M., Brenner, J., Bernhardt, J., Verutes, G., Wood, S.A., Silver, J.A., Toft, J., Rogers, A., Maas, A., Guerry, A., Molnar, J. & DiMuro, J.L. (2016). Evaluating the role of coastal habitats and sea-level rise in hurricane risk mitigation: an ecological economic assessment method and application to a business decision. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 12, 328–344.

2014

Fisher, J.R., Boucher, T.M., Attwood, S.K. & Kareiva, P.M. (2014). How do we know an agricultural system is sustainable? The Nature Conservancy.

McDonald, R.I., Weber, K., Padowski, J., Flörke, M., Schneider, C., Green, P.A., Gleeson, T., Eckman, S., Lehner, B., Balk, D., Boucher, T., Grill, G. & Montgomery, M. (2014). Water on an urban planet: urbanization and the reach of urban water infrastructure. Global Environmental Change, 27, 96–105.

2013

Boucher, T.M., Spalding, M. & Revenga, C. (2013). Role and trends of protected areas in conservation. In: Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition). Academic Press, Waltham, pp. 485–503.

Leisher, C., Touval, J., Hess, S.M., Boucher, T.M. & Reymondin, L. (2013). Land and forest degradation inside protected areas in Latin America. Diversity, 5, 779–795.

Oakleaf, J.R., Kennedy, C.M., Boucher, T. & Kiesecker, J. (2013). Tailoring global data to guide corporate investments in biodiversity, environmental assessments and sustainability. Sustainability, 5, 4444–4460.

Sayre, R.G., Comer, P., Hak, J., Josse, C., Bow, J., Warner, H., Larwanou, M., Kelbessa, E., Bekele, T., Kehl, H., Amena, R., Andriamasimanana, R., Ba, T., Benson, L., Boucher, T., Brown, M., Cress, L., Dassering, O., Friesen, B., Gachathi, F., Houcine, S., Keita, M., Khamala, E., Marangu, D., Mokua, F., Morou, B., Mucina, L., Mugisha, S., Mwavu, E., Rutherford, M., Sanou, P., Syampungani, S., Tomor, B., Vall, A., Vande Weghe, J., Wangui, E. & Waruingi, L. (2013). A new map of standardized terrestrial ecosystems of Africa. Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C.

2012

Butchart, S.H.M., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Evans, M.I., Quader, S., Aricò, S., Arinaitwe, J., Balman, M., Bennun, L.A., Bertzky, B., Besançon, C., Boucher, T.M., Brooks, T.M., Burfield, I.J., Burgess, N.D., Chan, S., Clay, R.P., Crosby, M.J., Davidson, N.C., Silva, N.D., Devenish, C., Dutson, G.C.L., Fernández, D.F.D. z, Fishpool, L.D.C., Fitzgerald, C., Foster, M., Heath, M.F., Hockings, M., Hoffmann, M., Knox, D., Larsen, F.W., Lamoreux, J.F., Loucks, C., May, I., Millett, J., Molloy, D., Morling, P., Parr, M., Ricketts, T.H., Seddon, N., Skolnik, B., Stuart, S.N., Upgren, A. & Woodley, S. (2012). Protecting important sites for biodiversity contributes to meeting global conservation targets. PLoS ONE, 7, e32529.

Goldman-Benner, R., Benitez, S., Boucher, T., Calvache, A., Daily, G., Kareiva, P. & Ramos, A. (2012). Water funds and payments for ecosystem services: practice learns from theory and theory can learn from practice. Oryx, 46, 55–63.

Leisher, C., Hess, S., Boucher, T.M., Beukering, P. van & Sanjayan, M. (2012). Measuring the impacts of community-based grasslands management in Mongolia’s Gobi. PLoS ONE, 7, e30991.

Sanjayan, M., Samberg, L.H., Boucher, T. & Newby, J. (2012). Intact faunal assemblages in the modern era. Conservation Biology, 26, 724–730.

2011

Leisher, C., Brouwer, R., Boucher, T.M., Vogelij, R., Bainbridge, W.R. & Sanjayan, M. (2011). Striking a balance: socioeconomic development and conservation in grassland through community-based zoning. PLoS ONE, 6, e28807.

McDonald, R.I. & Boucher, T.M. (2011). Global development and the future of the protected area strategy. Biological Conservation, 144, 383–392.

Rodríguez, J.P., Rodríguez-Clark, K.M., Baillie, J.E.M., Ash, N., Benson, J., Boucher, T., Brown, C., Burgess, N.D., Collen, B., Jennings, M., Keith, D.A., Nicholson, E., Revenga, C., Reyers, B., Rouget, M., Smith, T., Spalding, M., Taber, A., Walpole, M., Zager, I. & Zamin, T. (2011). Establishing IUCN red list criteria for threatened ecosystems. Conservation Biology, 25, 21–29.

2010

Hoekstra, J., Molnar, J.L., Jennings, M., Revenga, C., Spalding, M.D., Boucher, T.M., Robertson, J.C., Heibel, T.J. & Ellison, K. (2010). The atlas of global conservation: changes, challenges, and opportunities to make a difference. University of California Press, Oakland, CA.

2009

Parr, M.J., Bennun, L., Boucher, T., Brooks, T., Chutas, C.A., Dinerstein, E., Drummond, G.M., Eken, G., Fenwick, G., Foster, M., Martínez-Gómez, J.E., Mittermeier, R. & Molur, S. (2009). Why we should aim for zero extinction. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24, 181.

2008

Boucher, T. (2008). Animals under siege. TIME.

Jennings, M.D., Hoekstra, J., Higgins, J. & Boucher, T. (2008). A comparative measure of biodiversity based on species composition. Biodiversity and Conservation, 17, 833–840.

Stolton, S., Boucher, T., Dudley, N., Hoekstra, J., Maxted, N. & Kell, S. (2008). Ecoregions with crop wild relatives are less well protected. Biodiversity, 9, 52–55.

Wiens, J.A., Anderson, M.G. & Boucher, T. (2008). Land cover and conservation: from protected areas to landscapes. In: North America land cover summit (eds. Campbell, J.C., Jones, K.B., Smith, J.H. & Koeppe, M.T.). Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., pp. 153–168.

2007

Kareiva, P., Watts, S., McDonald, R. & Boucher, T. (2007). Domesticated nature: shaping landscapes and ecosystems for human welfare. Science, 316, 1866–1869.

2006

Ricciardi, A., Jameson, S.C., McManus, E., Besançon, C., Johnson, T., Spalding, M., Kelleher, G., Boucher, T., Fish, L., Mora, C., Andréfouët, S., Costello, M.J., Kranenburg, C., Rollo, A., Veron, J., Gaston, K.J. & Myers, R.A. (2006). How protected are coral reefs? Science, 314, 757–760.

2005

Hoekstra, J.M., Boucher, T.M., Ricketts, T.H. & Roberts, C. (2005). Confronting a biome crisis: global disparities of habitat loss and protection. Ecology Letters, 8, 23–29.

Ricketts, T.H., Dinerstein, E., Boucher, T., Brooks, T.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Hoffmann, M., Lamoreux, J.F., Morrison, J., Parr, M., Pilgrim, J.D., Rodrigues, A.S.L., Sechrest, W., Wallace, G.E., Berlin, K., Bielby, J., Burgess, N.D., Church, D.R., Cox, N., Knox, D., Loucks, C., Luck, G.W., Master, L.L., Moore, R., Naidoo, R., Ridgely, R., Schatz, G.E., Shire, G., Strand, H., Wettengel, W. & Wikramanayake, E. (2005). Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. PNAS, 102, 18497–18501.

2004

Brooks, T.M., Bakarr, M.I., Boucher, T., Fonseca, G.A.B.D., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoekstra, J.M., Moritz, T., Olivieri, S., Parrish, J., Pressey, R.L., Rodrigues, A.S.L., Sechrest, W., Stattersfield, A., Strahm, W. & Stuart, S.N. (2004). Coverage Provided by the Global Protected-Area System: Is It Enough? BioScience, 54, 1081–1091.

Calderón, R., Boucher, T., Bryer, M., Sotomayor, L. & Kappelle, M. (2004). Setting biodiversity conservation priorities in Central America: Action site selection for the development of a first portfolio. The Nature Conservancy, San José, Costa Rica.

Young, B.E., Stuart, S.N., Chanson, J.S., Cox, N.A. & Boucher, T.M. (2004). Disappearing jewels: the status of New World amphibians. NatureServe, Arlington, VA.

Tim Boucher

Senior Conservation Geographer

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