In 2015, we explored our future in an urbanized world. By all indications, the future sees population increasing and densifying within urban areas, and growth halting elsewhere. Whether we face a future where technologies increasingly reduce cities’ dependence on the hinterlands for food, water and energy, or whether we face a future where the ecological stress on the hinterlands continues to grow, we are faced with hard choices about the places and resources that we want to preserve as a global society. At the same time, climate change will impact species distribution, abundance, and ecological interactions across the globe. As such, in 2016, the American Geographical Society is poised to convene its annual Symposium to collaboratively and constructively map the future geography of conservation and sustainability.
2016 Symposium Program Committee
Dr. Christopher Tucker (Chair), Founder, The MapStory Foundation
Dr. Joshua Campbell, Founder and CEO, Sand Hill Geographic
Dr. Robert Chen, Director, CIESIN at Columbia University
Ms. Faye Cuevas, Chief of Staff, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Dr. David Kaplan, Professor of Geography, Kent State University
Mr. Al Di Leonardo, President & CEO, HumanGeo
Mr. Keith Masback, CEO, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Mr. Jared Novick, CEO, BitVoyant
Dr. Marie Price, Professor of Geography, George Washington University
Mr. Anthony “Tony” Quartararo, President & CEO, Spatial Networks Inc.
Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Lee Schwartz, The Geographer, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Douglas Sherman, Professor of Geography, University of Alabama
Mr. Dean Wise, Vice President of Network Strategy, BNSF Railway