Jorge is the Spatial Planning and Strategy scientist at Global Science’s Spatial Conservation Science team. He employs diverse spatial planning tools and approaches to scale up effective and equitable area-based conservation through capacity building, regional collaboration, and promoting best practices. Jorge is interested in helping TNC and its partners to build a community of spatial planning practitioners that can work together to address complex challenges and achieve ambitious conservation goals.
Jorge is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist with a Ph.D. in Systematic Conservation Planning from James Cook University in Australia. With over 15 years of experience in this field, he has led various transdisciplinary projects in terrestrial and marine environments. His work covers multiple topics, such as integrating land-based threats into marine planning, identifying co-benefits from multiple objectives (e.g., downstream benefits in aquatic ecosystems from conservation actions in river basins), enhancing ecological connectivity on conservation networks, and improving collaboration across interests and jurisdictional boundaries. Jorge uses various tools and techniques, including GIS, spatial optimization, spatial modeling, scenario planning, and expert elicitation. Ultimately, he is particularly interested in promoting the integration of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine spatial planning to develop holistic solutions that address complex conservation challenges.