University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spatial Analysis For Conservation and Sustainability

Oscar Cardenas

Visiting Scientist

Education

2008: Ph.D. Environment and Resources (formerly Land Resources) at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1998: Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1990: Licenciatura en Biologia. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Guadalajara

Research interests

My research interest involves the application of remote sensing and GIS for biodiversity conservation and landscape management. I am currently working in two projects. The first one is an analysis and modeling of jaguar habitat in southern Jalisco (Mexico). The project is focused on the analysis of land-use/cover change in the area and their impact on jaguar habitat. The second project is an analysis of landscape vulnerability to changes in the Ayuquila river watershed, where we try to find which areas are more prone to change. I expect that results from both projects will be used by conservation organizations.

Personal interests

I like to spend time with my family, play and walk with my kids. I also like to read, watch movies, listen to different styles of music, and dance. I like to swim, do some snorkeling, and also like to practice tae kwon do.

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