Janice Thomson, Ph.D.

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Assistant Vice President, Landscape Analysis


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Dr. Janice Thomson is the Assistant Vice President of Landscape Analysis. Her experience in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been brought to bear on many types of landscape analysis projects in her time with the organization. Her focus in recent years is on the impacts of roads, off-road vehicles, and oil and gas development on habitats and wildlife.

Dr. Thomson’s work involves spatial analysis of habitat fragmentation from different types of infrastructure and spatial build-out analysis of oil and gas developments. The work quantitatively assesses the impacts of existing and future infrastructure on wildlife and their habitat. It contributes to a variety of presentations and publications aimed at changing the way the federal agencies use science to assess the impact of proposed management actions and protect wildlands.

Dr. Thomson also manages the work of CLA and aims to expand the application and effectiveness of GIS and related spatial technologies at The Wilderness Society.

Dr. Thomson received her M.S. and Ph.D. at Dartmouth College in geology specializing in remote sensing and spectral analysis. She also worked at the Environmental Protection Agency's national lab, the Environmental Monitoring and Systems Laboratory.

Recent Publications:

Didier K. and J.L. Thomson. 2007. Habitat Fragmentation and Connectivity, a chapter in: Sourcebook on Remote Sensing and Biodiversity Indicators, Eds. H. Strand, R. Hoft, J. Strettholt, L. Miles, N. Horning, E. Fosnight and W Turner. Prepared by the NASA-NGO Biodiversity Working Group and UNEP-WCMC for the Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD Technical Series 32, 2007, 203p.

Thomson, J.L., Schaub, T.S., Culver, N.W., and Aengst, P.C. 2005. Wildlife at a Crossroads: Energy Development in Western Wyoming, Effects of Roads on Habitat in the Upper Green River Valley. The Wilderness Society: Washington, DC. 40 p.

Thomson, J.L., Hartley, D.A., Ozarski, J.N., Murray, K. and Culver, N.W. 2004, Protecting Northern Arizona’s National Monuments: The Challenges of Transportation Management. The Wilderness Society, Washington, DC. 48 p.

Morton, P., C. Weller, J. Thomson, M. Haefele, and N. Culver. 2004. Drilling in the Rocky Mountains: How Much and at What Cost? Economic Analysis. Washington, DC, The Wilderness Society.

Hartley, D., J. Thomson, P. Morton, and E. Schlenker-Goodrich .2003. Ecological Effects of a Transportation Network on Wildlife: A Spatial Analysis of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Ecological Analysis. Washington, DC, The Wilderness Society.

Thomson, J.L. D. A. Hartley, G. H. Aplet, and P.A. Morton, 2000, Assessing Interconnections Between Wilderness and Adjacent Lands: The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah. Wilderness Science in a time of Change Conference, USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-Vol-2, p. 153-165.

Aplet, G.A., J.L. Thomson, and M. Wilbert, 2000, Indicators of Wildness: Using Attributes of the Land to Assess the Context of Wilderness. Wilderness Science in a time of Change Conference, USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-Vol-2, p. 89-98.

Analysis of Habitat Fragmentation from Oil and Gas Development: A framework for Public Land Management Planning

Habitat Fragmentation from Roads: Travel Planning Methods to Safeguard BLM Lands