Conservation Innovations

About Us


Eric W. Sanderson
Senior Conservation Ecologist
Eric W. Sanderson is a Senior Conservation Scientist for the WCS Global Conservation Program. Sanderson received his Ph.D. in ecology (emphasis in ecosystem and landscape ecology) from the University of California, Davis, in 1998. His research interests include the application of landscape ecology to conservation problems, including geospatial techniques, and the historical and geographical context of conservation from site-based efforts to global conservation planning. As the Associate Director of the Living Landscapes Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Eric was one of the principal architects of the landscape species approach to conservation, range-wide priority-setting (a planning method for saving species across their historical ranges), and the human footprint. He has contributed to species planning efforts for lions, tigers, bears, jaguars, snow leopards, tapirs, peccaries, American crocodiles, North American bison and Mongolian gazelle; and landscape planning conservation efforts in Argentina, Tanzania, Mongolia, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Adirondack Park in the USA, among others. He is also the leader of the Mannahatta Project, an effort to understand the historical ecology of New York City.
Kim Fisher
GIS Analyst and Developer
Kim Fisher works in Conservation Support as a GIS analyst and developer, assisting WCS staff with a broad range of spatial analyses. Most recently, Kim has focused on disturbance modeling, ecological network visualization, and web application development for the Mannahatta and Welikia Projects (, as well as on analysis scripts and web application development for a project analyzing and visualizing the effects of over-the-horizon consumption ( He joined WCS in 2007, after seven years as a principal of the web development firm Square Water. Kim studied anthropology at Reed College and, although he now grudgingly admits to being a New York native, he spent several childhood years in Nepal and continues to leap at every opportunity to travel, hike and climb.
Christopher Spagnoli
Program Assistant
Christopher Spagnoli completed a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, Maine. His interdisciplinary studies focused on GIS and marine ecology. His previous work includes studies of the North Atlantic Humpback whale populations in the Gulf of Maine as well as ecological spatial modeling of human/sea turtle interactions in Southern Florida.
Mario Giampieri
Research Assistant
Mario Giampieri completed his Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Metropolitan Studies at NYU. His primary interests include participatory urban planning and urban demography.


WCS Conservation Innovations
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