I am a quantitative conservation biologist and a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University. My research focuses on finding ways to optimize the allocation of sparse conservation funds using citizen science data. The goal is to pin-point where conservation actions should focus in the places where species breed, overwinter or stop over during migration. The second main focus of my work is data visualization and creating tools for people to explore and engage with the data we collect and process. These tools range from basic exploratory to decision support tools. These tools increase the accessibility of data to anyone with access to a browser and can help empower users to use data in a knowledge informed decision-making processes.

Previously I worked on: “Cross-boundary Planning for Resilience and Restoration of Endangered Oak Savannah and Coastal Douglas-fir Forest Ecosystems” partly funded by the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

For my PhD I investigated systematic conservation planning in human-dominated landscapes and developed novel techniques to maximize efficiency in biodiversity conservation via carbon sequestration and land management. This work provided guidelines to successfully fund conservation investments and highlighted their potential benefits and shortfalls.

Want to get in touch?  Email me: richard.schuster@glel.carleton.ca