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ACADEMIC SPECIALTY AREAS

Dr.Ford's academic specialty is cultural/political ecology and development/area studies with specific emphasis on:

-Development and Area Studies: focusing on Africa (see more here), and Latin America (see more here).
-Population-environment resource relations and conflict.
-Earth systems science and the human dimensions of global change (ESS/HDGC).
-Tropical arid/semi-arid and humid montane systems (Africa, Latin America, East Asia).
-Agroforestry / agropastoralism and (ITKS) Indigenous Technology Knowledge Systems, sustainable agriculture.
-Hazards / vulnerability assessment, e.g., FEWS (Famine-Early-Warning-Systems) food and environmental security.

Dr. Ford has been an active consultant/applied researcher serving NGO s (non-governmental organizations) as well as academia and government. In that capacity he has utilized a diversity of applied research and teaching methods and techniques in his work:
-RRA (rapid rural appraisal) and farming systems research.
-Participatory planning / evaluation research techniques.
-Multimedia/Web productions, e.g. the Internet and distance education in the geosciences and sustainable development
-Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the natural resource management and agricultural arenas.
-GIS/Remote Sensing and Mapping/GPS applied to eHealth, geotourism and protected-area management.

WHAT I DO FOR FUN AND SERVICE
  • Robert Ford is married to Karen E. Storz Ford and has two sons, Colby 24 years old and Bryan 38.  Robert was born and raised on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras (Roatan, Bay Islands). Colby is a geology student at the University of California, Riverside and Bryan is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from MIT (Massachussetts Institue of Technology)--see more about his major projects on Bryan's homepage. Both Bryan Ford and his wife Anna Lachowska are now assistant professors at Yale University.

  • Learn more about my ancestry which goes back to the settling of the Oregon Territory - read about my great-great-grandfather -- Nineveh Ford (alternate page) --one of the first pioneers to settle in eastern Washington and Oregon in 1843 ; he came west from North Carolina with Marcus Whitman.
For Family Information go HERE ....


HOW TO CONTACT

Robert E. Ford, MPH, PhD

Permanent Mail Address:

P.O. Box 630155
Rockville, Utah 84763-0155 USA

Permanent Physical Address:

143 East Grafton Road (250 South)
Rockville, Utah 84763 (MY PLACE)

Digital / Phone Contacts:

SKYPE = geobobford
Cell:  909-363-6332
Homepage: http://geobobford.com/
Consulting: http://geobobford.com/consulting.html
Photography = http://geobobford.com/myphotography.html
Emailgeobobford@gmail.com
Personal Webhttp://geobobford.com/about.html
BLOGhttp://geobobford.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOKhttp://www.facebook.com/geobobford



EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Cultural Geography,  University of California, 1982 Riverside, CA 92505
  • M.P.H. Health Education,  Loma Linda University, 1973 Loma Linda, CA 92350
  • M.A. Social Anthropology,  Loma Linda University, 1971 Loma Linda, CA 92350
  • B.A. History & Religion,  Pacific Union College, 1968 Angwin, California

WORK / PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

 
Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) under the EU-funded Upemba National Park Conservation Project The contract (April > October 2012) is providing technical assistance in building GIS/Remote Sensing/GPS-based tools to support a new General Management Plan that will lay the groundwork for rehabilitation of the two parks in Katanga--Upemba and Kundelungu. You can read more about the project on our BLOG or see GeoBob's Consulting and Photography page or Upemba National Park Conservation Project--with Steve Schill of The Nature Conservancy.
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Goma. Interim Program Director, Grauer’s Gorilla Landscape Conservation and Development Program for Landscape 10 (CARPE).

CGIS-NUR (National University of Rwanda), Centre for Geographic Information Science, Training and Development, Loiret Building,
Butare (Huye) Rwanda, Central Africa
Cell = +250 (0) 783184865
Email = geobobford@gmail.com

Research Professor and Adviser to the Director
Starting November 1, 2008 to December 2009

AGEDI Phase 2
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD)

address: Old Municipal Public Works Building, Corner of Delma and Electra, Front Building, 4th Floor
Tel: 02-6934 777
Fax: 02-681 4262
(Mobile - Abu Dhabi dialed from UAE:) 050-908-1371
Dialed from outside UAE 971-50-908-1371

Senior Development Consultant
Mark Sorensen, Project Coordinator
Starting March 1 to October 30, 2008
Doctoral Program,
Social Policy and Social Research

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, and
D
epartment of Earth and Biological Sciences,

Loma Linda University, School of Science Technology,
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Professor, International Sustainable
Development and Social Policy

August 2003 - February 2008

USAID, EGAT/AFS/AEMDevelopment,
Office of Agriculture and Food Security,
Land Resource Management & LRMT
U.S. Agency for International t Team (LRMT)
Agricultural Enterprise and Market Development Division

Senior Natural Resources 
Planner/Advisor
September 1999 - July 2003

Westminster College of Salt Lake City 
Kim T. Adamson Chair in International Studies,
 Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Associate Professor/Chair 
August 1994 - 1999
Utah State University 
Dept. of Geography and Earth Res. 
College of Natural Resources 
Logan, UT 84322-5240 
Assistant Professor & 
Graduate Coordinator 
August 1992 - July 1994
Brigham Young University 
Dept. of Geography 
690 SWKT, Provo, UT 84602
Associate Professor 
September 1988 - August 1992
Utah State University 
Dept. of Geography 
Logan, UT 84320-1790
Contract Instructor/Consultant 
September 1987 - March 1988
Adventist University of Central Africa 
B.P. 113 Gisenyi, Rwanda
Academic Dean/Associate Professor 
January 1984 - August 1987
Loma Linda University 
School of Public Health 
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Assistant Professor 
September 1973 - August 1983
University of California 
Dept. of Soils and Env. Sciences, 
Riverside 
USAID/MUSAT Project
Research Associate 
(on leave from LLU) 
January 1975 - December 1977

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SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Professional Presentations (see select copies online HERE):

  • Food Security: Contemporary Definitions, Trends and Challenges (PDF) - Presented at Food Security Conference, 2001, ADRA International Annual Conference, Silver Spring, MD.

  • Ethnobotany and Land Degradation in Yatenga, Burkina Faso. Presented at University of Redlands, Center for Environmental Studies (May Term special course).

  • Population-Environment Interactions and Sustainability in Africa: Rwanda Case. Presented at LLU/Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, Graduate Colloquium / Seminar Series. Spring, 2004.

Major Tasks (2012-13):

1. From April - October 2012 > contract with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) under the EU-funded Upemba National Park Conservation Project (with a colleague who is a senior scientist for The Nature Conservancy)--Steve Schill. The contract is providing technical assistance in building GIS/Remote Sensing/GPS-based tools to support a new General management Plan that will lay the groundwork for rehabilitation of the two parks in Katanga--Upemba and Kundelungu. You can read more about the project on our BLOG or see GeoBob's Consulting and Photography webpage.

Major Tasks (June 2010 > March 2012):

1. Took time off to plan and build a home near Zion National Park >see MY PLACE/ZION.

2. Retrained in digital photography and to setup Photography & Consulting > SEE BLOG and GeoBob's Consulting and Photography

Major Tasks (November 2008 - June 2010):

1. From January-May 2010 Dr. Ford assumed the temporary role of Interim Program Director, Grauer’s Gorilla Landscape Conservation and Development Program for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The work focused on conservation, climate/carbon/REDD project management in the Landscape 10 region i.e. the Maiko-Tayna Kahuzi-Biega and UGADEC community preserves within the CARPE project. He also collaborated closely with the DFGFI, Karisoke Research Center (Musanze, Rwanda) on ecosystem health/community development linkages and interactions with climate adaptation, biodiversity and forest conservation as well as other global environmental change topics.

2. From November 1, 2008 to December 2009 Dr. Robert Ford was Adviser and Research Professor for the Centre for GIS and Remote Sensing Training and Research, National University of Rwanda, PO Box 212, Huye, Rwanda. In that position he has begun several major initiatives focused on health information systems for the national eHealth initiative as well as designing new field programs focused ecosystems management and climate change in collaboration with Trinity College/Dublin (Ireland) CREATING7 Project, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation International, and the Great Ape Trust. Other partners included the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)  as well as the MVP (Millennium Village Project-Mayange Rwanda) run by Columbia University, and Partners in Health (PIH) and the University of Redlands MSGIS Program. See the INTEGRATING GIS INTO eHEALTH INITIATIVES IN AFRICA project with associated wiki, presentations and FINAL REPORT with IDRC/Canada. On campus he was also involved in the implementation of the NUR Strategic Planning process as well as in the design and implementation of various efforts within the University to create new Msc degrees focused on conservation science and sustainable development as well as ICT (Information and Communications Technology). 

Major Tasks (July 2003 - February 2008):

1. From February 2008 to October 30, 2008 Robert Ford was a Senior Development Consultant with GPCI (Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc.) based in Running springs, CA. The GPCI team was helping implement the AGEDI project in Abu Dhabi, and assisted in reorganizaing the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

2. Starting July 2003 Dr. Ford became Professor of International Sustainable Development and Social Policy in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, School of Science and Technology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Some major activities and presentations below:

-ESSE21 grantee. College and University Earth System Science Education in the 21st Century . New partner starting October 2004. See some of the resources produced, e.g. ESSE21 - LULC Module - Cases of Coastal Zone Change from Mesoamerica as well as Mesoamerica Projects page: Manatees, herpetofauna, conservation GIS/NRM, water resources project, and landscape ecology.

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Biodiversity assessment, management, and monitoring in ( Honduras field research): focus on Manatee, Herpetofauna, and other "flagship species" at key protected areas on the north and Pacific cCoast of Honduras (see photo gallery July 2004). Reconnaissance/planning trip July 2004. Overview Report on Plans to FUCSA (La Ceiba, Honduras) - June 2005. Partner was the USAID/MIRA project in Honduras.

-Manatee final report (PDF) - English - Spanish
-Herpetofauna report (PDF) - English - Spanish

-SCGIS Workshop Presentation - SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) for NRM (Natural Resource Management):

SCB (Society for Conservation Biology): Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for National Development and Biodiversity Conservation: Presented by: Dr. Robert Ford, Loma Linda University; Paul Burgess, The Redlands Institute; Serene Ong, University of Redlands, MS GIS Program

-Poverty Mapping in Coastal Tanzania with: TCMP ( Tanzania Coastal Management Partnership), University of Rhode Island , Coastal Resources Center. Developing Webmap application using Internet Map Server technology in cooperation with the University of Redlands (U of R), MS-GIS program (technical assistance by Adrian Fitzgerald, MS Student, U of R, and Gideon Mazinga , PhD student at LLU).

-Book Review (Economic Geography): Global Change and Local Places, Association of American Geographers.

-ESSE21 Poster - Fairbanks, Alaska Aug. 3-7, 2005 and ESSE21 Annual Meeting PI-Report - Fairbanks, Alaska Aug. 3-7, 2005.

-AAG (Association of American Geographers) March 2004, Denver. Panel member on “international GIS Education”.

-AGU (American Geophysical Union) Annual Meeting Presentation, Dec. 15, 2004 - San Francisco , CA : Launching an Undergraduate Earth System Science Curriculum with a Focus on Global Sustainability: The LLU Experience.

-Presentation/Proceedings: Global Spatial Data and Information User Workshop, SEDAC/CIESIN, Columbia University , Lamont-Dahorty Earth Observatory. September 21-23, 2004. Who Needs SDI?

-SAG Award
(Special Achievement Award in GIS) at ESRI User’s Conference: July 2003, San Diego, CA. Award received for efforts managing the GISD Initiative with USAID, State Department and others (GISD).

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Proposal Planning and submission to NSF--Title: GEO-TASK - Geographic Tools and Applications for Sustainable Development and Knowledge (with the Association of American Geographers and other partners). Will (if funded) develop series of 15 case studies on Global Health Toolkit.

Major Tasks (2003):

Starting August 2003 Dr. Ford became a Professor of International Sustainable Development and Social Policy in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, School of Science and Technology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350.  In 2003 he has been involved in the following:

1. Keynote Speaker: 14th Annual Virginia GIS Conference. Presentation: Left vs. Right Brain GIS: Reflections on the GISD Initiative.

2.
Supervise graduate students in sustainable development: Gideon Mazinga (Malawi) and George Ndzimiri (Zimbabwe) and others.

3. Symposium Chair and Presenter: American Society of Tropical Medicine
and Hygiene 52nd Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA December 3-7, 2003. Panel entitled: Medical Information Systems and the Spatial Data Infrastructure Initiative in Africa. Robert Ford presented summary and state of GISD project and initiative.

4. Proposal Planning and submission--Title: Health, Environment, Livestock and People: An International Learning Community
submitted December 12, 2003 for funding by the Fulbright Educational Partnerships Program (ECE/A/S/U-04-03), Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.

(2001-2003)  USAID Major Tasks:

Formerly (August 1999 - July 2003) Dr. Ford was a Senior Natural Resources Planner and Policy Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), Office of Natural Resources Management (NRM), Land Resource Management Team (LRMT) During his tenure with USAID he worked on Special Initiatives such as climate adaptability, land degradation in drylands, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) focusing on Geospatial Information Systems (GIS)--see Geo-IT CoP--sustainable tree-crops, agricultural resource management, and policy analysis for key environmental conventions, e.g. UNCCD, UNFCCC.   At USAID he was also a co-Manager of the RAISE Project/IQC.   

    1. Worked on Special Initiatives such as climate adaptability, land degradation in drylands, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) focusing on Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), sustainable tree-crops, agricultural resource management, and policy analysis for key environmental conventions, e.g. UNCCD, UNFCCC .   

    2. Helped organize and manage three projects which are part of an IWG (Interagency Working Group) focused on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 14 - September 7, 2002:  

GISD - Geographic Information for Sustainable Development (see EIS-Africa & AAG)
MyCOE - My Community, Our Earth

Some of the partners in the collaboration included the OGC (OpenGIS Consortium) NRC/NAS (National Research Council), NASA, USDA, State Department, USGS, NOAA, WRI (World Resources Institute), FAO/Africover, UNEP-DEWA in Nairobi, and many other partners within the growing GISD alliance based both in the US, Europe and in Africa.

    3.  As part of the GISD planning process and alliance building endeavours, Dr. Ford organized and ran three overseas workshops in Asmara, Bamako and Nairobi (in Africa)--see workshops listed under GISD-Supported Events .

    4.  He also helped plan, fund, and manage a major international conference entitled: GASSIA (Geospatial Applications in Support of Sustainable International Agriculture)--held May 19-31, 2002 at EROS Data Center (USGS) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    5.  Organized and implemented a new Geo-IT CoP (Geographic Information Technologies, Community of Practice) within USAID.  It was part of the broader USAID/EGAT KM (Knowledge Management) activities.

(1999-2000) Major tasks:  

  1. Help design and implement a new Hillside Agriculture Program (HAP for USAID/Haiti ), 
  2. Assisted in science and policy support activities focused on soil carbon sequestration and climate change, e.g. helped organize a global conference in Geneva, Switzerland jointly with WMO, FAO, IFAD, and USAID as well as participation with a World Federation of Scientists, Permanent Monitoring Panel (PMP) on Desertification and Soil Carbon Sequestration--see symposium in Erice, Sicily (August 2000) which was part of a conference on Planetary Emergencies .
  3. Promotion and liason with the specialty coffee, cocoa and other tree-crop sectors in Latin America involved with managing the global smallholder coffee crisis and related market and environmental/land management problems,  e.g. developing an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA ) and collaborating with related organizations such as the Consumer's Choice Council (CCC ) for promotion of socially and environmentally sustainable production within the smallholder coffee sector.  See the as well as the Conservation Principles for Coffee Production of the Consumer's Choice Council and the USAID/Peru Conservation or "Bird-Friendly" coffee project (done in collaboration with USGS-EDC "Sustainable Tree-Crop Program") focusing particularly on Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic in USAID/LAC Bureau.
  4. Management of the RAISE IQC and promotion of two thematic groups focused on sustainable ecotourism and livestock production/range management,
  5. Planning and implementation of a new IAA (Inter-Agency Agreement) between USAID and USGS-EDC (GASSIA ) focused on capacity-building within the land-grant university CRSP community (Collaborative Research Support Programs), IARCs (International Agricultural Research Centers--CGIAR Centers ) who utilize geospatial technologies in analysis, monitoring and development work within agriculture and natural resource management.

(1999 May) - Leader of travel-study tour and reconstruction project in areas of Honduras affected by Hurricane Mitch (see ESSC 575 fieldcourse on this project as well as Selected Trip Pictures and Pre & Post Hurricane Mitch Pictures).  See Honduras, travel, geology, Bay Islands/Roatan.

(1999 - April) - Participant in IAI / ESSE Workshop on Coastal Systems - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  Presentation on use of the internet and other digital resources for teaching ESS (Earth System Science) and for research on coastal zone management in Latin America.  Part of collaborative project between ESSE and IAI (Interamerican Institute for Global Change Research) which is part of START .

(1997 and 1998) IIE - Institute of International Education/Fulbright  Selection Committee Member - Central America and the Caribbean. San Francisco December 1997 and Denver 1998.

(1998) Fulbright Fellowship: January - August 1998 in Honduras. Teaching / Research grant worth $26,000. Started global change research study on the Mosquito Coast. See Honduras, travel, geology, Bay Islands/Roatan.

(1997/1998) Consulting / Academic Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation National Leadership Program Summer Workshop on "Earth / Environmental Systems"--1997 / 1998 .

(1997) Special collaborative Internet-based course done in cooperation with UCSB and the - Global Dialogues Project (Hurley, Ford, Proctor).  Article in Journal of Geography, Vol 99 (3) May-June 1999.

(1997 Nov) AGU Presentation - on Using the Internet in the Geosciences - Washington, D.C.

(1997) External Committee Member - Doctoral Dissertation Defense Committee in Geography: Simon Batterbury, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA. September 12, 1997. Topic: The political ecology of environmental management in semi-arid West Africa: case studies from the Central Plateau, Burkina Faso.

(1997) Participant in IAI / Initial Startup Grant Workshop (Interamerican Institute for Global Change Research)--IAI -- in conjunction with NSF-funded planning grant given to ESSE/USRA (Earth System Science Education / University Space Research Association) - workshop held early February 1997at San Diego State University.

(1997) Trainer / consultant: ADRA/International in Peru, Costa Rica, Thailand - trainer in course entitled: "Food Security Implementation" (February - May 1997 - 10 days each location).

(1996) Appointed a Director of th AAG - HDGC-SG (Association of American Geographers, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group); also the creator and manager of the SGs homepage in collaboration with James Hipple of the University of Utah Department of Geography. April 1996 at Annual AAG meetings in Charlotte, NC.

(1996-1997) Participant in the VGD (Virtual Geography Department) - -funded by NSF--under Kenneth Foote, Department of Geography, University of Texas, Austin. Coordinator and homepage manager for the EES (Earth's Environment and Society) working group of the VGD.  The goal of this project is to publish and put online high quality "courseware"--using active learning approaches to pedagogy--for the geography and earth science community. Participant in the First International Virtual Geography Department Workshop, 2 - 15 June, 1996 in Austin, TX and Third Workshop - June 1998. Published Hands-on module on Human Impacts on LULC (Land Use / Land Cover Change).

(1995) Member of the Innovative Advisory Committee of the Thrasher Research Fund, Salt Lake City. Reviews and evaluates proposals (scientific and humanitarian) to fund projects focused on improving child health around the world.

(1995) USRA/ESSE/NASA Grant Recipient : Cooperative University-Based Program in Earth System Science Education. From USRA/NASA ESSE project. About $32,500 per year for 2 years ($65,000 in direct and indirect grants)-- other funding for travel and interchange goes for five years--to carryout innovative teaching and materials production for introductory and senior-level courses in ESS (Earth System Science) using hi-tech instructional technology, e.g., the World Wide Web and the Internet and multimedia.

(1995) Appointed member of editorial board for NASA/ESSE electronic textbook/journal publication committee: will review and test multimedia/hypertext documents, (e.g. articles, teaching modules, textbooks) to be published on the NASA/ESSE World-Wide-Web server. Effective as of June 28, 1995.

(1995) Participant-- AAG - HDGCSG (College Commission on Geography II) project (see under Education). Participated in the workshop entitled: Hands-on: Developing Active Learning Modules on the Human Dimensions of Global Change held at Clark University, June 19-25, 1995. Served as an evaluator and user of college-level active learning modules being developed under the auspices of this NSF-funded program.

(1995) Leader-organizer--travel-study tour to Mexico and Honduras: May-term, 1995 and 1999 for Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Led twelve students and three faculty on inter-disciplinary field-oriented course entitled: Mexico and the Mosquito Coast (22-day trip with three-day pre-course lecture sessions).

(1995) Appointed regional coordinator--Utah Geographic Olympiad (Salt Lake area): Organization of all-day events and competition in geography and orienteering for teams coming from over 25 middle and high schools.

(1995) Organized a series of faculty workshops during Spring semester 1995 on How to Use the Internet in Teaching and Research. Conducted more than ten two-hour sessions with 30+ faculty from Nursing, Arts and Sciences, and Business.

(1994) Co-Founder/Steering Committee Member: New AAG/Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group ( AAG - HDGCSG ). Association of American Geographers.

(1994) Consultant: EPAT/USAID Project--Population-Environment Relations in Africa: In collaboration with Scott Grosse and others at the University of Michigan, Department of Population Policy and International Health (contract for over $5500 for about a year of part time assistance: literature review, editorial help, etc.) Focus on lessons to be learned from the Rwanda tragedy re: population-environment nexus.

(1994) ASA Annual Meetings 1994, Toronto. Paper : Settlement Structure Change in Burkina Faso: the Case of Northern Yatenga. November 3, 1994 (African Studies Association).

(1994) Co-Director/Tour leader: field practicum course in Integrated Community Development (Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, Department of International Health); lecture and field training for MPH students in Costa Rica and Honduras, Central America. July.

(1994) Participant/presentor: ICSE Conference/Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. The Population-Environment Equation: Implications for Environmental Security. June.

(1994) Appointed curriculum committee member: USRA/ESSE/NASA planning project: creation of interactive/electronic textbooks for Earth System Science. June.

(1993) Great Issues Forum speaker, Utah State University, October 15, 1993: Famine in Africa, a Constrastive Perspective.

(1993) Participant/expert witness to second African-African American Summit, (for sub-group on Agriculture and Development) Libreville, Gabon, May 23-29.

(1993) Participant/member special NSF/AAG Workshop on Global Environmental Change held April 5-6, 1993 Atlanta, Georgia.

(1993) Organizer/Co-Chair, Special Theme Panel on Enterprise for the Americas at the Annual ISA Conference, Acapulco, Mexico, March 23-28, 1993.

(1993) ICSE/SORISTEC Conference Participant (International Consortium for the Study of Environmental Security). Held January 6-9, 1993 in Chantilly, France. Geopolitics of the Environment and the New World Order: Limits, Conflicts, and Insecurity. I presented a paper entitled: Analysis of Famine Vulnerability in Sahelian Africa: is 'Environmental Security' the right paradym?

(1992) Evaluator/Consultant: under contract through IDA (Institute for Development Anthropology), Binghamton, New York for Catholic Relief Services in Ghana and Burkina Faso (October 20 - November 10, 1992). Evaluation of Institutional Support Grant funded by USAID to CRS for PL-480 program management.

(1988-93) Workshop trainer and Mexico Summer Tour Leader: Utah Geographic Alliance (summers 1988-1992), in collaboration with Utah State University and National Geographic Society, c/o Clifford Craig.

(1991-92) Research grant received from David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University, 1991-1992 ($5,100), plus College of Family and Social Sciences ($3000); Field research, study entitled: "Human agency and ecological change in Yatenga, Burkina Faso".

(1991) External doctoral defense member , University of Laval, Quebec City, Canada June 1991. Dissertation by Paule Simard: Travail, autonomie et developpement des femmes Bambara.

(1987-92) Evaluator of USAID/funded development projects: under PL-480 for ADRA/International, Department of Evaluation, Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel. (301) 680-6374:

1) ISG Final Evaluation, Bolivia and Peru, April-May, 1992 (team-leader).
2) ISG Mid-Term Evaluation, Haiti May 1991 (member).
3) Enhancement Grant Evaluation (Rwanda & Ghana), March-June 1990 (team leader).
4) Food Security Assessment, ADRA/Malawi, March 1990 (team leader).
5) Other short term consultancies and projects with ADRA/Haiti over several years.

(1984-present) Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Environmental Health (part time), Loma Linda University, School of Public Health Loma Linda/CA.

(1990) Trainer in cross-cultural relations special workshop at Avondale College,Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia January 3-11, 1990 (Institute of World Missions, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49104).

(1982-83) External consultant & Evaluator : Department of Evaluation, World Vision International, under Judy Hutchinson (1982-1983); design of project monitoring systems.

(1984-87) First academic dean/planner and administrator for new private francophone university in Gisenyi, Rwanda (1984-1987)-Universite Adventiste de l'Afrique Centrale.

(1984-87) Coordinator of extension/development programs Adventist University of Central Africa, Gisenyi, Rwanda, Central Africa (1984-1987): several projects/programs, e.g. OXFAM translation of primary health care manual; GATE (German Appropriate Technology Exchange) lava rock building block project; Child Survival project; Rwanda government/PVO natural resources & tourism conservation conferences; rural clinic planning and development; ADRA/International Pan-African Development Workshop; Rwanda/AUCA summer CERAI teacher training projects.

(1979-82) Coordinator of rural/field activities Department of International Health Extension Program (Loma Linda University) in: Haiti, Puerto Rico, Central America, South America; organizer of International Resource Room; organizer of summer field work.

(1980) Member field research team preparing comprehensive health plan for the Marshall Islands, Fall, 1980 (Department of Energy).

(1979) Expedition member with National Geographic Society to arid lands of PROC (China) in association with the Academia Sinica.

(1975-78) Field research project (eighteen months) under contract with University of California on USAID/211-d grant project in Burkina Faso with ICRISAT, IITA, ORSTOM, CILSS, etc.

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PUBLICATIONS
(see select publications online HERE):

Lovich , Robert E. Thomas Akre, Mason Ryan, Sofia Nunes, Gustavo Cruz, Gerardo Borgas, Norman J. Scott, Saul Flores, Wifbirth del Cid, Adan Flores, Cesar Rodriguez, Ileana R. Luque-Montes, and Robert E. Ford. 2010. New Herpetofaunal Records from Southern Honduras, Herpetological Review, 2010, 41(1), 112–115. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

D. Gonzalez-Socoloske, L. D. Olivera-Gomez, and Robert E. Ford,2009.Detection of free-ranging West Indian manatees Trichechus manatus using side-scan sonar. Endangered Species Research. 8:249–257.  Submitted: December 5, 2008; Accepted: August 28, 2009--Proofs received from author(s): October 12, 2009.

Book Chapter (soon appearing): Challenges to herpetofaunal conservation in southern Honduras: a study from three protected areas in the Golfo de Fonseca region. by Thomas Akre, Robert Lovich, Mason Ryan, and Robert Ford.

ESSE21 - LULC Module - Cases of Coastal Zone Change from Mesoamerica. Authors: Robert E. Ford, Sally Westmoreland, Aditya Agrawal, Serene Ong, Miriam Cope, Jodye Selco and others. Tools for remote sensing analysis using case material from Mesoamerica.

Along with other scientists  Robert E. Ford   is developing college-level course materials for the enhanced study of ESS (Earth Systems Science)--see the USRA/ESSE21 consortium.   One of the modules he has adapted for the web is also part of the VGD's (Virtual Geography Department)--Hands-on module on Human Impacts on LULC (Land Use / Land Cover Change).  An online casebook entitled Geosystems Today: An Interactive Casebook sponsored by John Wiley & Sons.

-Manatee final report (PDF) - English - USAID/MIRA Biodiversity Assessments/Honduras.
-Herpetofauna report (PDF) - English - USAID/MIRA Biodiversity Assessments/Honduras.
-SCGIS Workshop Presentation - SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) for NRM (Natural Resource Management).

Malone JB, Poggi E, Igualada FJ, Sintasath D, Ghebremeskel T, Corbett JD, McCarroll JC, Chinnici P, Shilulu J, McNally KL, Downer R, Perich M, Ford R. 2003. Environmental Risk Assessment of Malaria in Eritrea. IGARSS 2003 Proceedings, Toulouse.

James M. Hurley, James D. Proctor, and Robert E. Ford. 1999. Collaborative Inquiry at a Distance: Using the Internet in Geography Education. Journal of Geography, Vol 98(3):128-140.

Ford, Robert E. and James Hipple. 1999. GeoSystems Today : an Interactive Casebook. John Wiley & Sons . This publication combines both a printed volume and WWW digital publication.

Ford, Robert E. 1998. Settlement Structure and Landscape Ecology in the Sahel: the Case of Northern Yatenga, Burkina Faso. In Rural Settlement Structure and African Development. Edited by Marilyn Silberfein. Boulder: Westview Press. Pp. 129-165.

Ford, Robert E. 1998. Settlement Structure and Landscape Ecology in Humid Tropical Montane Rwanda. In Rural Settlement Structure and African Development. Edited by Marilyn Silberfein. Boulder: Westview Press. Pp. 169-205.

Ford, Ford, Robert E. 1996. The Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem: An Online Learning Module and Virtual Field Trip.

Ford, Robert E. 1996. Geographies of Global Change: Remapping the World in the Late Twentieth Century. (Book Review) IN: Journal of Geography. 96(6): 287-289.

Ford, Robert E. 1996. The Rwanda Tragedy: A Personal Reflection. Hunger Notes. Summer 1996. Vol. 22, N0. 1 pp. 12-14. Brown University, World Hunger Program Special Issue .

Ford, Robert E. 1996. Lessons Learned from using GIS/RS and as Integrative Tool for Interdisciplinary Learning. Proceedings of IGARS ' 96. Lincoln, NE May 27-31, 1996. Presentation No. 96.0891 (Hardbound and CD-ROM versions).

Ford, Robert E. 1995. The Population-Environment Nexus and Vulnerability Assessment in Africa. GeoJournal. 35(2): 207-216.

Ford, Robert E. 1994a. A Geographer Comments on 'Sex and the Single Planet'. Human Ecology Forum. Summer/Autumn (1): 240-244.

_______________. 1994c. Book Review: IN Professional Geographer . 46(1):118-119. Rural Livelihoods: Crises and Responses. (edited by Harry Bernstein, Ben Crow and Hazel Johnson.)

Ford, Robert E. 1993. Marginal coping in extreme land pressures: Ruhengeri, Rwanda. In Population Growth and Agricultural Change in Africa. edited by B.L. Turner II, Robert Kates, and Goran Hyden. Center for African Studies, University Press of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.

Ford, Robert E. 1992. Humans and the Sahelian environment: Human-Environment Interaction in Sahelian North Yatenga, Burkina Faso. Research and Exploration. National Geographic Society. 8(4):460-475.

Ford, Robert E. and Valerie Hudson. 1992. The U.S. and Latin America at the end of the Columbian Age: how America 'cut the Atlantic umbilical cord' in 1992. Third World Quarterly. Vol. 13, No.3. pp. 441-462.

Valerie M. Hudson, Robert E. Ford, and David Pack with Eric R. Giordano. 1991. Why the Third World matters, why Europe probably won't; the geoeconomics of circumscribed engagement. Journal of Strategic Studies. Vol. 14(3):255-298.

Ford, Robert E. 1991. Toponymic generics, environment and culture history in Pre-Independence Belize. Names. Vol. 39 (1):1-25.

Ford, Robert E. 1990. The dynamics of human-environment interactions in the tropical montane agrosystems of Rwanda: implications for economic development and environmental stability. Mountain Research and Development. Vol 10(1):43-63.

Ford, Robert E. 1988. Demographic change in Rwanda: implications for economic and ecologic stability for tropical montane agro-ecosystems. Culture and Agriculture. Fall:5-9.

Ford, Robert E. 1982. Subsistence Farming Systems in the Semi-arid Northern Yatenga (Upper Volta). University of California, Riverside. University Microfilms: Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES 
  • Association of American Geographers
  • American Geophysical Union
Fulbright Fellowship - January - July 1998 - Honduras. Teaching / Research grant. Started global change research study on the Mosquito Coast, Honduras. See Mosquitia Palacios & Ibans Lagoon Aerial Map - also La Mosquitia by Derek Parent - see Walkabout of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve.  See Honduras, travel, geology, Bay Islands/Roatan

Academic Advisor to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation National Leadership Program Summer Workshop on Earth / Environmental Systems-- 1997 / 1998

Appointed a Director of the new AAG - HDGCSG (Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers).

Elected Posts: Three-year term on Board of Directors: Rural Development and Africa Specialty Groups of the AAG (Association of American Geographers), 1988-1991.

Corresponding Member-IGU Commission on Critical Environmental Situations and Regions.

Editorial Board: NASA/ESSE Project. Evaluate and review new electronically published materials for NASA/ESSE web server.

Co-Founder/Steering Committee Member : New AAG/Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group organized in 1994.

HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Graduated with honors 1968, Pacific Union College.
  • University Fellowship, Loma Linda University, 1969-1971.
  • Outstanding Young Men of America (awarded 1982).
  • Fulbright Fellowship - January - July 1998 - Honduras.
  • Service-Learning Professor of the Year, Westminster College of SLC 1999.


INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Total Living/Work Experience Overseas : 30+ years.

Short Term Consulting: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Rwanda, Kenya, DRC/Congo, Malawi, Ghana, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Peru, Marshall Islands, Pakistan, China, Senegal, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, South Africa, Gabon.

Long term Overseas Living/Work Experience: Rwanda, DRC/Congo, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Japan, Belize, El Salvador, Switzerland.


LANGUAGE ABILITIES
  • English: native
  • French: FSI 3.5-4.00 (fluent).
  • Spanish: FSI 4.0 (fluent)
  • Japanese: FSI 1.5
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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Robert E. Ford was born in Puerto Castilla, Honduras to expatriate Americans. He was raised in Honduras (see travel, geology, Bay Islands/Roatan) and then later moved during his teen-age years to Belize, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. At the age of eighteen he came to Healdsburg, California for the last year of high school and then went on for a B.A. in History, Religion, and Spanish at Pacific Union College, in Angwin, California. Subsequently he began study toward double master’s degrees in Social Anthropology and Public Health at Loma Linda University (1969-73)--see more about my family history and my ancestry on my online album. During his professional life Dr. Ford has functioned often as the key social science member in multidisciplinary teams, integrating applied and research personnel from, e.g. medicine, public health, agriculture, natural resource management, anthropology, education, demography, political science. In all, Dr. Ford has over 35 years of experience working and living (short and long term for various periods) in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

His training is broad, including public health, history, physical, cultural and political geography, social anthropology, and management. His research specialty is cultural/political ecology, the study of nature-society relationships and their policy/political implications for development.  His regional interest has been the arid/semi-arid and tropical montane regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle America and the focus of his research has been population-natural resource relationships and the human dimensions of global environmental change (HDGC). 

Summary of Recent Professional and Academic Work:

From April - October 2012 - contract with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) under the EU-funded Upemba National Park Conservation Project (with a colleague who is a senior scientist for The Nature Conservancy)--Steve Schill. The contract is providing technical assistance in building GIS/Remote Sensing/GPS-based tools to support a new General management Plan that will lay the groundwork for rehabilitation of the two parks in Katanga--Upemba and Kundelungu. You can read more about the project on our BLOG or see GeoBob's Consulting and Photography page.

From January-May 2010 (after officially retiring in January 2010) Dr. Ford assumed the temporary role of Interim Program Director, Grauer’s Gorilla Landscape Conservation and Development Program for Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The work focused on management support and re-organization of its Goma/North Kivu office to improve its work in areas such as conservation, climate/carbon/REDD project management in the Landscape 10 region, public health, rural development working closely with local UGADEC federations located around parks such as Maiko-Tayna Kahuzi-Biega and UGADEC, Virunga and other parks and protected-areas within the CARPE project. He also collaborated closely with the DFGFI/Karisoke Research Center (Musanze, Rwanda) on ecosystem health and community development linkages with climate adaptation, biodiversity, and forest conservation as well as other global environmental change topics.

From November 1, 2008 to December 2009 Dr. Robert Ford was Adviser and Research Professor for the CGIS-NUR (Centre for GIS and Remote Sensing Training and Research), National University of Rwanda, PO Box 212, Huye, Rwanda. In that position he helped launch initiatives focused on designing eHealth information systems for the nation as well as designing new field programs focused ecosystems management and climate change in collaboration with local partners such as Karisoke Research Center, The Great Ape Trust (Gishwati Preserve) and many others who belong to the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS).  He also partnered on a major MacArthur Foundation grant with the Geography Department of Trinity College Dublin and their Master's in Environment and Development as well as the new MDP (Master's in Development Practice) coordinated by the Columbia University Earth Institute (awarded in 2009 and started in 2010) working with NUR (National University of Rwanda) CGIS-NUR.

At NUR he was also involved in the implementation of the NUR Strategic Planning process as well as in the design and implementation of various efforts within the University to create new Msc degrees focused on Conservation Science and Geoinformation Science for Sustainable Development.  Some of the donors and other partners he collaborated with include IDRC/Canada, the Clinton Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that are working with MVP (Millennium Village Project-Mayange Rwanda), Partners in Health (PIH), the MOH (Ministry of Health) eHealth inititatives, the University of Redlands MSGISprogram, and the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Health Geoinformatics program and many others. See the following: INTEGRATING GIS INTO eHEALTH INITIATIVES IN AFRICA project with associated wiki, presentations and FINAL REPORT with IDRC/Canada.

From February to October 2008 Robert Ford was a Senior Development Consultant with GPCI (Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc.) based in Running springs, CA. The GPCI team was helping to implement the AGEDI project in Abu Dhabi, and also assisted in reorganizaing the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

From August 2003 to February 2008 Robert E. Ford was a Professor of International Sustainable Development and Social Policy in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, and also within the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA 92350.  During that period he worked actively on the ESSE21 NASA project conducting field research programs in Mesoamerica--and doing biodiversity research for USAID/Honduras.

From 1999 - 2003 he was a Senior Natural Resources Planner and Policy Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), Office of Natural Resources Management (NRM), Land Resource Management Team (LRMT)During his tenure with USAID he worked on Special Initiatives such as sustainable agriculture, climate adaptability, land degradation in drylands, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) focusing on Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), sustainable tree-crops, agricultural resource management, and policy analysis for key environmental conventions, e.g. UNCCD, UNFCCC.   At USAID he was also a co-Manager of the RAISE Project/IQC.   Over 2001-2003 he helped organize and manage three special initiatives which were part of an IWG (Interagency Working Group) which focused on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 14 - September 7, 2002--see some of the results of those initiatives below:

GISD - Geographic Information for Sustainable Development - See - EIS-AFRICA & AAG
MyCOE - My Community, Our Earth - Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development

From his academic links page you can see some of the Internet-based educational materials he prepared such as a Virtual Field Study on the Greater Salt Lake Ecosystem and a Hands-on module on Human Impacts on LULC (Land Use / Land Cover Change). See also the ESSE21 project and the NSF-funded VGD/EES project--the Virtual Geography Department, Earth’s Environment and Society. See also his casebook/website project for John Wiley & Sons Publishers, entitled: GeoSystems Today: An Interactive Casebook .   See also the Mesoamerica Projects focused on various themes, e.g.: Manatees, herpetofauna, conservation GIS/NRM, water resources, landscape ecology and the ESSE21 - LULC Module: Cases of Coastal Zone Change from Mesoamerica.

Last Revised: March 6, 2013