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Tim Boucher

Tim Boucher

Senior Conservation Geographer

Tim is a senior conservation geographer at The Nature Conservancy. Working in international conservation science for the past 16 years, 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.

Recently, 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 is also working on the Dow Collaboration – one that will help businesses incorporate the value of nature into their decision making. Specifically, he is investigating the effects of climate change on coastal habitats and their value on mitigating natural hazards.

Currently, Tim is leading the Natural Infrastructure Theme in Central Science, which examines 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.

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.

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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(4), 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(10), 4444-4460.

Boucher, Spalding and Revenga. (2013) The Role and Trends of Protected Areas in Conservation. Encyclopedia Of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, Cambridge, UK.


Sanjayan, M., Samberg, L. H., Boucher, T., & Newby, J. (2012). Intact faunal assemblages in the modern era. Conservation Biology, 26(4), 724-730.

Butchart, Scharlemann, Evans, Quader, Aricò, Arinaitwe, Balman, Boucher, Brooks, et al. (2012) Protecting Important Sites for Biodiversity Contributes to Meeting Global Conservation Targets. PLoS ONE 7(3): e32529.

Goldman-Benner, Benitez, Boucher, et al (2012). Water funds and payments for ecosystem services: practice learns from theory and theory can learn from practice. Oryx, Volume 46, Issue 01, pp 55 - 63.

Leisher, Hess, Boucher, van Beukering, Sanjayan (2012) Measuring the Impacts of Community- based Grasslands Management in Mongolia’s Gobi. PLoS ONE 7(2): e30991.


Leisher, Brouwer, Boucher, Vogelij, Bainbridge, et al. (2011) Striking a Balance: Socioeconomic Development and Conservation in Grassland through Community-Based Zoning. PLoS ONE 6(12).

Rodríguez, J. P., Rodriguez-Clark, K. M., Baillie, J. E., Ash, N., Benson, J., Boucher, T., ... & Zamin, T. (2011). Establishing IUCN red list criteria for threatened ecosystems. Conservation Biology, 25(1), 21-29.


Hoekstra, Molnar, Jennings, Revenga, Spalding, Boucher, Robertson, Heibal. 2010. The Atlas of Global Conservation - Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference. University of California Press.

McDonald and Boucher. (2010). Global development and the future of the protected area strategy. Biological Conservation 144, 383–392.


Parr, M. J., Bennun, L., Boucher, T., Brooks, T., Chutas, C. A., Dinerstein, E., ... & Molur, S. (2009). Why we should aim for zero extinction. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24(4), 181.

Wiens J. A., M. G. Anderson , and T. Boucher (2009). Land Cover and Conservation: From Protected Areas to Landscapes, North American Land Cover Summit Proceedings, Association of American Geographers.

Stolton S., T. Boucher, N. Dudley, J. Hoekstra, N. Maxted and S. Kell. (2009). Protecting our Food’s Diversity. Biodiversity: Special Edition - The Value of Biodiversity to Food and Agriculture.


Animals under Seige - Map for TIME Magazine (2008).

Revenga C., T. Boucher, M. Jennings, and J. Hoekstra. Biodiversity & Habitat Chapter, Environmental Performance Index. (2008) World Economics Forum. Yale University.

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


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


Spalding, M., G. Kelleher, T. Boucher, and L. Fish. (2006). How protected are coral reefs? (Letters). Science 314:758.


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

Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, T. Boucher, T. M. Brooks, S.H.M. Butchart, M. Hoffmann, J. Lamoreux, J. Morrison, M. Parr, J.D. Pilgrim, A.S.L. Rodrigues, W. Sechrest, G.E. Wallace, K. Berlin, J. Bielby, N.D. Burgess, D.R. Church, N. Cox, D. Knox, C. Loucks, G.W. Luck, L.L. Master, R. Moore, R. Naidoo, R. Ridgely, G.E. Schatz, G. Shire, H. Strand, W. Wettengel, E. Wikramanayake. (2005). Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 51: 18497-18501.


Brooks, T., M. Bakarr, T. Boucher, G. Fonseca, C. Hilton-Taylor, J. Hoekstra, T. Moritz, Olivieri, J. Parrish, J. Pressey, A. Rodrigues, W. Sechrest, A. Stattersfield, W. Strahm, and S. Stuart. (2004). Coverage of the existing global protected area system. Bioscience 54:1081-1091.

Young, B.E., S.N. Stuart, J.S. Chanson, N.A. Cox, and T. M. Boucher. (2004). Disappearing Jewels: The Status of New World Amphibians. NatureServe, Arlington, VA.

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