Capabilities & Services

We provide advanced quantitative research and planning services for conservation-oriented projects.

Advanced geospatial and remote sensing analysis

CSP specializes in developing high-quality spatial analytical information and products. Our capabilities span the entire spectrum of geospatial techniques, from custom ecological and environmental data development (GIS and remote sensing based) to advanced analyses of resource use dynamics at the individual and population levels. We address conservation and management problems at the appropriate spatial and temporal scales in a relatively low cost, adaptive manner.

Ecosystem and population modeling

CSP frequently draws on contemporary modeling approaches to identify the key drivers of ecosystem or population dynamics over biologically relevant spatial and temporal scales. Specifically, we use these tools to…

  • Estimate key population-level metrics such as occupancy, density, survival, and disease prevalence
  • Forecast changes in population abundance and composition in response to alternatives for management using Bayesian state-space models
  • Model land-use, climate change, and adaptation scenarios
  • Identify the influence of disturbance, including fire and non-native species invasion, on the maintenance of habitat connectivity and other fundamental ecological processes
  • Recommend quantitatively based mitigation strategies for reducing impacts on the species or ecosystems of concern

Ecological and spatial statistics

CSP develops and applies statistical tools to quantify the influence of environmental and population changes on ecosystems and the species they sustain. We use the most advanced, defensible techniques in biometrics, spatial statistics, and computer modeling to provide deeper insight into dynamic biological and ecological processes. Our decades of experience working in complex ecological systems ensure that we design rigorous standards for sampling and apply field and analytical methods that deliver the robust information conservation practitioners need to make effective inference and decisions.

Large-scale conservation planning and design

CSP provides the capacity and resources to position projects for success in the earliest stages of planning, design, or implementation. Whenever possible or practical, we seek to address conservation problems proactively. Our approaches and services are particularly suited for planning and siting large projects in places where impacts to ecological integrity can be avoided or minimized. By estimating changes in land cover and wildlife habitat occupancy over extensive areas and meaningful periods, for example, we can determine the dynamic context for a project or impact. We have extensive experience developing flexible, user-friendly, spatial, decision-support packages that can help guide effective conservation planning communications and strategies.

Advanced training and education

CSP offers a novel environment for educating future leaders in conservation science — graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows — in an applied, real world setting. We provide these opportunities through our existing academic relationships or appointments with Northern Arizona University, Colorado State University, University of Nevada–Reno, Montana State University–Bozeman, and other institutions.

We also offer unique volunteer opportunities for a wide range of science-minded citizens and stakeholders in conservation.