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Robert E. Ford, MPH, PhD owner/lead at GeoBob's Photography & Consulting (GPC) has over 35 years experience in academia, consulting and longterm service, and he and his collaborators have lived and worked extensively in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa. He is fluent in French and Spanish, besides English as are many of his collaborators/partners.

GPC can provide consulting and other technical services in a variety of NRM (Natural Resource Management) and HICD (Human-Institutional Capacity Dev.) areas focusing on sustainability, agroforestry, ecosystem services, biodiversity & conservation, economic growth, geotourism, geography, education/training, global health, climate change, and ICT4Dev (Information and Communications Technologies for Dev.) i.e. Geomatics (GIS|RS|GPS|LBS).

Curriculum Vitae (CVs) and project documents are available upon demand from affiliated collaborators and experts. See contact information HERE and see Robert Ford's Long CV or Short RESUME (w/References). See also his Facebook Business page HERE or BLOG.


Previous academic and consulting work has included short and longterm assignments with the following institutions doing a wide range of activities--see below under Current and Past Consulting. See also MESOAMERICA FIELD ESSE21 PROJECTS & AFRICA PROJECTS.



  • Utah State University, College of Natural (USU-CNR), Westminster College of Salt Lake City (WCSLC) and Loma Linda University, School of Science and Technology (LLU-SST); at all three institutions carried out a longterm project funded through NASA, i.e. the ESSE21/LLU-ESSE21 with related field activities in Mesoamerica on LULC/CZM/RS (Landuse Land Cover Change, Coastal Zone Management, remote sensing, and protected area management, biodiversity assessments, and marine conservation).

  • Brigham Young University, Geography & International Relations (BYU) and with WCSLC--was involved in Hurricane Mitch rehabilitation that included guided travel-study (geotourism). Also did followup farming systems research (1991) after the Sahelian Drought of the 1970-80s (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Niger) with research focused on desertification, agroforestry, and agrosylvo-pastoralism, as well as population-resource issues. The original field research started in the 1970-80s with funding by USAID via the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and CGIAR centers, i.e. ICRISAT, IITA.

  • Loma Linda University, School of Science and Technology (LLU-SST), Partners in Health (PIH), and the LLU-School of Public Health (LLU-SPH) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC-Acacia Initiative)--contributed to eHealth/GIS activities in southern/eastern Africa (Rwanda, Uganda, etc). Also with LLU-School of Public Health (LLU-SPH) there were major primary health care surveys conducted in the Marshall Islands for the US Department of Energy as well as other primary health care support work done in Pakistan.

  • With the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) and the Center for GIS and Remote Sensing at the National University of Rwanda (CGIS-NUR) various conservation mapping & GIS/RS projects were supported (including work with CARPE-DRC/Congo) on Grauer's Gorilla conservation. Other biodiversity conservation projects done via USAID included the MIRA project (Environmental Resource management) in Honduras) via their contractor the International Resources Group (IRG, LTD)--it was primarily focused on assessements of Herpetofauna and Manatees as well as climate change adaptation.

  • Major field evaluations and assessments were done for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), World Vision International (WVI), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)l, on rural development, sustainable agriculture, food security, food aid, refugee services. All were generally funded by USAID (United States Agency for International Development). From 1999-2003 Dr. Ford also worked as a Senior Natural Resource Policy Adviser and Program officer for EGAT/USAID in Washinton DC and participated in a wide range of management support activities including GISD and RAISE IQC as well as on desertification, climate, etc.

  • With the Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc. (GPCI GROUP) provided environmental policy analysis, management support and geospatial technical assistance to the AGEDI Project in Abu Dhabi (UAE) that included work with the Gulf Cooperation Council and UNEP.

  • With the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH) and with other partners, provided support on biodiversity, geoscience teaching, SDI/LULC/CZM/RS, and Geotourism--once as a Fulbright Scholar as well as via the ESSE21/LLU-ESSE21 NASA project and USAID-MIRA (2004-2008).

  • AUCA (Adventist University of Central Africa) in Rwanda. Dr. Robert Ford was the first Academic Dean, Vice-Rector and outreach/extension officer for what was the first fully accredited private university in Rwanda at its original site near Gisenyi (Mudende). After the genocide of 1994 the university was moved to Kigali where it is now on a new campus (see HISTORY). He was instrumental in designing, planning and launching several key programs which to this day are among the best in Central Africa, i.e. programs in computer science, business management, accounting, education and theology (and programs which were at the first site but have yet to be reestablished) e.g. agriculture, public health, geography, history, languages, biology, technical/vocational arts). Today AUCA continues as a leader in higher education for the region (see academic programs) and is known for training some of the best leaders in business, science, and technology in the region.