Monitoring and studying wildlife habitats has long been a key focus within GIS.
Dr. David M. Theobald is a Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. David has been working with GIS since the middle 1980s in the areas of planning, conservation GIS, and landscape ecology. In addition to his work in these fields, he has also also authored a book on using ArcView GIS, GIS Concepts and ArcView Methods, and has written several publicly available extensions to ArcView, including the ArcView Spatial Modeler and AVPrimed!. This article is a rough transcript of an interview conducted in July, 2000 in which I asked David a few questions about his career, his views on GIS education, some of the tools he has developed, and the role of GIS in conservation.