Bob Ford on Mt. Karisimbi, Rwanda

On Mount Karisimbi in the
Virunga Mountains, Rwanda

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eHealth + GISc Activities by CGIS-NUR/Africa & Misc. Partners. AfricaGIS October 27, 2009 Kampala/Uganda by Robert E. Ford, PhD, MPH Research Professor, CGIS-NUR and FINAL REPORT with IDRC/Canada- AfricaGIS--Health_GIS_AfricaGIS_Oct_09_short.ppt.

Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI): it’s Role in Building the Knowledge Economy in RwandaSpecialInvited Plenary Lecture – Series on Building the Knowledge Economy in Rwanda, Kigali Institute of management, September 1-2, 2009 Kigali, Rwanda

Scholarly Writing for Journal Publication. Robert E. Ford, by Research Professor and Adviser. CGIS-NUR. Kigali, Rwanda June 4, 2009. Kigali Institute of Management Lecture Series.

Sustainability vs. Development: Oxymoron or Ideal for Today? Contemporary Definitions, Issues, Trends, and Challenges. Pine Springs Ranch SDA Forum Keynote Speech. May 2-4, 2008: keynote speaker at the 10th annual retreat of the San Diego Chapter of the Adventist Forum.

Using GIS/RS/GPS for SDI Capacity-building, PA and CZ Management in Northern Mesoamerica: The Loma Linda University’s (LLU) and University of Redlands (UR) Experience. GSDI_10 St. Augustine, Trinidad. February 2008.

Presentation/Proceedings: Global Spatial Data and Information User Workshop, SEDAC/CIESIN, Columbia University , Who Needs SDI?

Global Food Security: Contemporary Definitions, Trends and Challenges.

Ethnobotany and Land Degradation in Yatenga, Burkina Faso (Ford). Drylands management case

Population-Environment Interactions and Sustainability in Africa: Rwanda Case.

Course/Research Materials (More HERE)

*Redlands University. Latin American Studies course materials:

a) Intro to LAS,
b) Cultural Geog. of LA

*ESSE21 - LULC Module - Cases of Coastal Zone Change from Mesoamerica.

*Mesoamerica Projects: Manatees, herpetofauna, conservation GIS/NRM, water resources, landscape ecology.

*BIOL 549 Biodiversity Conservation (Soon to be updated).

*SPOL554 Environment, Resources & Development Policy (Sustainability Science)(Soon to be updated).

*ESSC 575 Field Practicum: Applied Earth System Science(Soon to be updated).

*ESSC 541-542 I, II Remote Sensing and Systems Modeling in the Earth, Health, and Social Sciences(being updated)

Virtual Field Trips

Projects / Professional Links (More HERE)

*Consulting in Kundelungu and Upemba Parks Katanga/DRC for FZS (April - October 2012) including BLOG Posts on the FZS Conservation Project. See ALSO--new ArcGIS online web service showing key maps for the two parks.

*Interim Program Director, Grauer’s Gorilla Landscape Conservation and Development Program, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)--January-May 2010.

*CGIS-NUR (Rwanda) Projects and activities (2008-2009)--see AFRICA:

*Senior Development Consultant with GPCI (Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc.)--Feb-Oct 2008. The GPCI team is implementing the AGEDI project in Abu Dhabi.

*Geobrain - the GeoBrain grant helped mobilize NASA EOS data and information through Web service and knowledge management technologies for higher-education teaching and research.

*ESSE21 - online earth science community (USRA). Earth System Science Education in the 21st Century.

*MyCOE (My Community, Our Earth - Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development).

*Geographic Information for Sustainable Development: Report on the WSSD Events in 2002/Johannesburg, South Africa within USAID - EGAT

DLESE (Digital Library for Earth System Education) and NSDL National Science Digital Libraries) and related...

  • AAG/HDGC-SG: Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) Specialty Group and the Commission on College Geography Hands-On Active Learning Modules Project.
  • VGD (Virtual Geography Department) and the EES (Earth's Environment and Society) group

*Woodrow Wilson Environmental Science Summer Institutes - 1997 / 1998 / 1999 (Costa Rica) (Rutgers).


FORMER POSITIONS (Post-1994): **See CV for pre-1994 Activities

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
Photography =
Personal Web

April to October 2012 - contract with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) under the EU-funded Upemba National Park Conservation Project--with Steve Schill of The Nature Conservancy. Read more about the project on our BLOG >

Interim Program Director, Grauer’s Gorilla Landscape Conservation and Development Program, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)--January-May 2010.

Research Professor, Center for Training in Geographical Information Sciences and Remote Sensing (CGIS-NUR), National University of Rwanda, Africa (2008-2009)

Senior Development Consultant with GPCI (Geographic Planning Collaborative, Inc.) based in Running springs, CA with the AGEDI project in Abu Dhabi assisted the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (Feb-October 2008).

Loma Linda University, School of Science and Technology (2003-2008):
Doctoral Program in Social Policy & Social Research,
School of Science and Technology,
Loma Linda University
, Loma Linda, CA 92350

USAID (1999-2003) - U.S. Agency for International Development,
Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade - EGAT
Ronald Reagan Bldg. Rm 2.11-054
Washington, DC 20523-211

Westminster College of Salt Lake City 
Associate Professor - August 1994 - August 1999
Kim T. Adamson Chair in International Studies,
 Salt Lake City, UT 84105


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