Rob McDonald

 Robert McDonald is a vanguard scientist with The Nature Conservancy's Conservation Strategies Division. Robert works to evaluate the drivers, trends and conservation implications of emerging or understudied threats to biodiversity. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he was a Smith Conservation Biology Fellow at Harvard University, studying the impact global urban growth will have on biodiversity and conservation.

Rob's Posts

Sprawl Inequality and Climate Change

April 29th, 2009

I’ve been studying the growth of U.S. cities from 1990 to 2000, trying to get a handle on how much habitat was lost to urban sprawl. When most people think of sprawl destroying natural habitat, they think of a big, fast growing city. Sure enough, if you look at the total number of acres lost, […] More

Energy Conservation Can’t Reduce Energy Sprawl Completely

April 24th, 2009

Chrissy Schwinn’s recent post called me to task for not talking enough in my first post about the role of personal energy conservation in reducing the amount of land impacted by new energy development. There is a tradeoff: Renewable energy generation, so crucial to meeting the goal of preventing catastrophic climate changes, takes more space […] More

Energy Sprawl and U.S. Climate Policy

April 16th, 2009

The fact that renewable energy takes more space than conventional energy isn't an environmental paradox, just a trade-off society must face. More

Climate Change, Bailouts, and an N of 1

April 9th, 2009

What do the TARP and global warming have in common? More

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