Bill McConnell

Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
Manly Miles Building, Suite 115
1405 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI  48823-5243
Tel: (517) 432-7108
Fax: (517) 432-5066
mcconn64@msu.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D.        Graduate School of Geography, Clark University. 2000
M.A.         Program in International Development and Social Change, Clark University. 1993
B.Sc.        College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. 1983

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2005-present:
Michigan State University
Associate Director, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Core Faculty, African Studies Center

2000-2005:
Associate Scientist/Assistant Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow
Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change and Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change, Indiana University

1997-2000:
Lecturer and Research Assistant
Graduate School of Geography, Clark University

1994-1997:
Research Fellow
George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

1993-1994:
Lecturer and Manager of B.Sc. Environmental Management Degree Programme
Department of Geography and Mapping Science, University of Luton, UK

1992-1993:
Research Team Leader
George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

1990-1991:
Research Fellow
Pew Charitable Trusts Program in Innovative Approaches to Teaching in Conservation and Sustainable Development

1988-1990:
Instructor and Teaching and Research Assistant
Departments of Geography, Sociology and Government, Clark University

1987:
Research Assistant
Ellman, Burke and Cassidy Law Offices, San Francisco, Calif.

1986:
City Planning Intern
Department of Community Development, City of Antioch, Calif.

1983-1985:
Community Development Extensionist
U.S. Peace Corps, Republic of Mali, West Africa

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

1991, 1996 -- Mali: United States Agency for International Development
1990 -- Kenya: United Nations Institute for Training and Research
1990 -- Mali: International Resources Group, Ltd.
1988 -- Kenya: Africa Now

GRANTS

International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (Co-PI) 2008-13
National Science Foundation. Award #BCS-0823003 $ 499,908

Local Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Management in the Haute Vallee du Niger (PI) 1990
Pew Charitable Trusts Program in Innovative Approaches to Teaching in Conservation and
Sustainable Development $15,000

PUBLICATIONS
Journal Articles
Viña, A., X. Chen, W. Liu, W. McConnell, W. Xu, Z. Ouyang and J. Liu. In prepration. Effects of natural disasters on conservation benefits:  The case of the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake (China)

Unruh, J, B. McConnell and J. Rodman. 2010. “Environmental change and adaptation in degraded agroecosystems: the case of highland Madagascar.” Area. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2009.00928.x

McConnell, W., W. Liu, M. Liu and A. Viña. 2010. Panda Preservation: Remote sensing helps counter natural and human complications. GeoWorld 23(1):16-18.

McConnell, W. 2009. Modeling Human Agency in Land Change in Madagascar: A Review and Prospectus. Madagascar Conservation and Development. 4(1):13-24.

Pontius Jr, Robert Gilmore, Wideke Boersma, Jean-Christophe Castella, Keith Clarke, Ton de Nijs, Charles Dietzel, Zengqiang Duan, Eric Fotsing, Noah Goldstein, Kasper Kok, Eric Koomen, Christopher D. Lippitt, William McConnell, Alias Mohd Sood, Bryan Pijanowski, Snehal Pithadia, Sean Sweeney, Tran Ngoc Trung, A. Tom Veldkamp, and Peter H. Verburg. 2008. Comparing the input, output, and validation maps for several models of land change. Annals of Regional Science 42(1) p.11-47. DOI 10.1007/s00168-007-0138-2.

Young, O., E.  Lambin, F. Alcock, H. Haberl, S. Karlsson, W. McConnell, T. Myint, C. Pahl-Wostl, C. Polsky, P. S. Ramakrishnan, M. Scouvart, H. Schroeder and P. Verburg. 2006. "A Portfolio Approach to Analyzing Complex Human-Environment Interactions: Institutions and Land Change." Ecology and Society 11(2): 31.

Keys, E. and W. McConnell. 2005. "Global Change and the Intensification of Agriculture in the Tropics." Global Environmental Change. 15(4): 320-337.

McConnell, W. and S. Sweeney. 2005. "Challenges of Forest Governance in Madagascar." The Geographical Journal. 171(2): 223-238.

McConnell, W., S. Sweeney and B. Mulley. 2004. “Physical and social access to land: spatio-temporal patterns of agricultural expansion in Madagascar.” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 101(2-3): 171-184.

McConnell, W. 2002. “Misconstrued Land Use in Vohibazaha: Participatory Planning in the Periphery of Madagascar’s Mantadia National Park.” Land Use Policy. 19(3): 217-230.

McConnell, W. 2002. “Madagascar: Emerald Isle or Paradise Lost?” Environment. 44(8): 10-22.

McConnell, W. 2002. “Meeting in the Middle: The Challenge of Meso-Level Integration, a Report.” Land Use Policy. 19 (2): 99-101.

Book Reviews
McConnell, W. 2008. Review of Comanagement of Natural Resources; Local learning for poverty reduction. Stephen R. Tyler. Ottawa: In-Focus Collection, International Development Research Centre. 2006. 89pp + cd-rom. Society & Natural Resources 21(3):273-275.

McConnell, W. 2003. Review of Politics, Property and Production in the West African Sahel: Understanding Natural Resources Management. T.A. Benjaminsen and C. Lund (eds.). 2001. 335 p. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, Sweden. Africa Today 50(2): 92-97.

Books, Book Chapters, Encyclopedia Entries and Conference Proceedings
R G Pontius Jr, J-C Castella, T de Nijs, Z Duan, E Fotsing, N Goldstein, K Kok, E Koomen, C D Lippitt, W McConnell, A Mohd Sood, B Pijanowski, A T Veldkamp, and P H Verburg. 2007. Lessons and challenges in land change modeling as revealed by map comparisons. Proceedings for conference on the science and education of land use: a transatlantic, multidisciplinary and comparative approach. Washington DC USA. September 24-26, 2007. 16p.

Ojima, D., W. McConnell, E. Moran, B.L. Turner II, J. Canadell and S. Lavorel. 2007. “The Future Research Challenge: the Global Land Project” in Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. J. Canadell, D. Pataki, and L. Pitelka (eds.),  Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany.

Geist, H, W. McConnell, E. Moran, D. Alves and T. Rudel. 2006. "The Causes of Land Change and their Interactions." Chapter 3 in Land Use and Land Cover Change: Local Processes, Global Impacts. Eric Lambin and Helmut Geist (eds.). Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany .

GLP (2005) Science Plan and Implementation Strategy. IGBP Report No. 53/IHDP Report No. 19. IGBP Secretariat, Stockholm. 64pp. Editors: Dennis Ojima, Emilio Moran, William McConnell, Mark Stafford Smith, Gregor Laumann, João Morais and Bill Young

McConnell, W. and E. Keys. 2005. “Deriving Policy Implications from Case Studies; Lessons from the Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Change in the Tropics.” in Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems. Emilio F. Moran and Elinor Ostrom (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. pp 325-353. ISBN=0-262-13453-5.

Unruh, J., H. Nagendra, G. Green, W. McConnell and N. Vogt. 2005. “Cross-Continental Comparisons: Africa and Asia.” in Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems. Emilio F. Moran and Elinor Ostrom (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. pp. 303- 324. ISBN=0-262-13453-5.

Parker, D., T. Berger, S. Manson and W. McConnell (eds.). 2002. Agent-Based Models of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: Report and review of an international workshop. Land Use and Cover Change Project Report Series No. 6. LUCC Focus 1 Office: Bloomington, IN. ISSN: 1138-7424

McConnell, W. 2001. “Land Use and Cover Change.” in The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, N. Smelser and P. Bates (eds.). Elsevier: Oxford, U.K. pp. 8251-5.

McConnell, W. and E. Moran (eds.) 2001. Meeting in the Middle: The Challenge of Meso-Level Integration. Land Use and Cover Change Project Report Series No. 5. LUCC Focus 1 Office: Bloomington, IN. ISSN: 1138-7424

Ford, R. and W. McConnell. 2001. “Linking Geomatics and Participation to Manage Natural Resources in Madagascar.” in Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management,  L. Buck, et al. (eds.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. pp. 385-405. ISBN: 0849300207

McConnell, W. 1996. “Local Ecological Knowledge and Agriculture in the Haute Vallee du Niger, Republic of Mali, W. Africa,” in Indigenous Knowledge and Change in African Agriculture. Studies in Technology and Social Change Series, No. 26 0896-1905. W.M. Adams and Jan Slikkerveer (eds.) Ames, Iowa: Technology and Social Change Program, Iowa State University.

Theses

McConnell, W. 2000. Human-Environment Relations in Madagascar: The Importance of Spatial and Temporal Perspective. PhD. Dissertation Clark University, Worcester, MA.

McConnell, W. 1993. Local Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Management in the Haute Vallee du Niger, Republic of Mali, W. Africa. Master's Thesis Clark University, Worcester, MA.

Professional Reports
McConnell, W. 1996. “A Geographic Information Systems Strategy for the Establishment of Digital Geographic Data Standards and for the Promotion of GIS for Policy- and Decision-Support in the Republic of Mali: Report of the Consultant to the GIS Users Group.” United State Agency for International Development in the Republic of Mali.

Karaska, G., R. Andriamananjara and W. McConnell. 1996. “Rural-Urban Dynamics in the Fianarantsoa and Mahajanga High Potential Zones.” Clark University and the Institut Malgache des Techniques de Planification. Report to the United State Agency for International Development/Madagascar on Phase I of the Madagascar Regional Analyses Project.

Karaska, G., W. McConnell and S. Winterstein. 1995. “Analyses of the West African Long-Term Perspectives Study from the Perspective of Rural-Urban Dynamics and Incorporating Geomatics.” Clark University. Report to United State Agency for International Development Global Bureau.

Karaska, G., W. McConnell, S. Piriou, J.M. Jolly and D. Midgarden. 1993. “Socio-Economic Conditions of Farmers in Mali: Opportunities for Success in Integrated Pest Management.” Clark University. Report to United State Agency for International Development/ARTS/FARA on the Pest and Pesticide Management Practices and Policies Project.

McConnell, W. 1992. " Manantali Resettlement Project, Phase II." Project Paper Amendment No. 1. 625-0955. US Agency for International Development, Mali.

Hecht, J. and W. McConnell. “GIS: An Analytical Tool for Natural Resources Management in the Sahel.” Report to United State Agency for International Development Global Bureau. International Resources Group and Clark University.

Abbott, V. and W. McConnell. 1984. "Remarques sur les foyers ameliores." US Peace Corps, Mali.

Newsletter Articles
McConnell, W. 2007. “The Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.” Global Land Project Newsletter. No. 3.

McConnell, W. 2004. "Forest Cover Change – Tales of the Unexpected." International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Newsletter. No. 57: 8-11.

McConnell, W. 2003. "Trajectories of Land Change in the Tropics." Land Use and Cover Change Newsletter. No. 9: 5.

Moran, E. and W. McConnell. 2003. "Land Open Science Conference: Integrated Research on Coupled Human-Environmental Systems." Land Use and Cover Change Newsletter. No. 9: 8-9.

McConnell, W. 2002. "Linking Household Surveys and Remotely Sensed Data: Socio-Economic Questionnaires on the Web." Land Use and Cover Change Newsletter. No. 8: 16-17.

Geist, H., E. Lepers, W. McConnell, E. Lambin and N. Ramankutty. 2002. “Land Use and Land-Cover Change: Meta-analyses of the causes and synthesis of the rates of change.” International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change Update No. 4/2002: 15.

McConnell, W. 2001. “Why and How People and Institutions Matter Beyond Economy.” International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme Newsletter. No. 47: 20-22.

McConnell, W. 2000. "Headed for Breakthroughs in the Understanding of Land Use Dynamics." Land Use and Cover Change Newsletter. No. 5: 5

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

“Spatially Explicit Models of Land Change in Madagascar.” Key Lab of Systems Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, May 12, 2009. Beijing.

“International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems.” Poster presented at the 2009 Meetings of the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Snowbird, UT. 12-16 April, 2009.

“Coupled Human and Natural Systems Research at MSU.” Environmental Science and Policy Program Networking Event.” December 4, 2008.

“Household dynamics and population growth: Impacts on water infrastructure.” Dreelin, E. A., R. M. McNinch, W. J. McConnell, J. B. Rose, and J. Liu. Poster presented at 2008 World Water Congress and Exhibition, International Water Association. 7-12 September 2008. Vienna, Austria.

“Forestation of the Post-Colonial Madagascan Highlands.” Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA. 2007.

“Current progress in dynamic land change modeling." Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL. 2006.

“Harmonization and standardized development of land cover data.” 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community. Bonn, Germany. 2005.

“The Global Land Project.” Poster presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO. 2005.

"Progress and challenges in LUCC." International Workshop on Integrated Assessment of the Land System: The future of land use." Institute for Environmental Studies, Amsterdam. 2004.

"Agricultural Trajectories in the Tropics: Evidence from the Comparative Analysis of Case Studies."     99th Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, LA. 2003.

"Land Use and Cover Change - Recent Activities." IGBP Land Transition Meeting, in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. 2002.

"Introduction to LUCC Focus 1." Workshop on Ecological processes in urban ecosystems: toward an international synthesis. IGBP-GCTE. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 2002.

"Land Use and Cover Change: The Importance of Harmonization." United Nations Environment Program, Food and Agriculture Organization meeting on development of the Land Cover Classification System software, and the Global Land Cover Network held in Artimino, Italy. 2002

"Land Use and Cover Change: The Importance of Harmonization." United States Geological Survey meeting on the utility of the Land Cover Classification System, at the EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD, USA. 2002.

 “Land Use and Cover Change - Recent Activities.” International Symposium on LUCC Contributions to Asian Environmental Problems. Tokyo, Japan. 2001.

“The State of Land Use and Cover Change.” NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Program Science Team Workshop. Adelphi, Maryland. 2001.

“Land Use and Cover Change and Integrative Science.” Biocomplexity Workshop: Integrating Social Science into Long Term Ecological Research Programs: Census, GIS, and Historical Methods. Tempe, Arizona. 2001

“The Land Use and Cover Change Perspective.” Human Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems Workshop. Bern, Switzerland. 2001.

“Vulnerability and Land Use.” International Workshop on Vulnerability and Global Environmental Change. Stockholm ,Sweden. 2001

“Why and How People and Institutions Matter Beyond Economy.” Global Change Open Science Conference. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2001.

“Human-Environment Relations in Madagascar: The Importance of Spatial and Temporal Perspective.” 16th Annual Symposium of the U.S. Chapter of International Association of Landscape Ecology, Tempe, Arizona. 2001.

“Human-Environment Relations in Madagascar: The Importance of Spatial and Temporal Perspective.” 97th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City, NY. 2001.

“Protected Areas and Peripheral Communities, GIS in the Rift.” 94th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA. 1998.

“Socio-Economic Conditions of Farmers in Mali: Opportunities for Success in Integrated Pest Management.” Dakar. 1994.

“Local Ecological Knowledge and Agriculture in the Haute Vallee du Niger, Republic of Mali, W. Africa” Society for Conservation Biology. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1991.

PEER REVIEW

African Geographical Review (2009)
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009[2])
Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2003, 2009)
Applied Geography (2005)
Conservation Biology (2009)
Earth Interactions (2004)
Ecology and Society (2005, 2009)
Environmental Conservation (2006, 2007)
Environmental Management (2004, 2006)
Environmental Modeling and Software (2008, 2009)
Geographical Journal (2006, 2008, 2010)
Global and Planetary Change (2004)
Global Environmental Change (2005)
International Regional Science Review (2006)
Journal of Geography (1999)
Journal of Land Use Science (2008)
Land Degradation and Development (2003)
Landscape Ecology (2006)
Land Use Policy (2008)
Mountain Research and Development (2003, 2007)
Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (2002)
Population and Environment (2008, 2009)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2005)
Regional Environmental Change (2004, 2007)
Science (2006)
Kluwer Academic Publishers (2001)
Sage Publications (2006)
CIESIN (2005)
National Science Foundation (2004, 2005, 2008)
ETH Zurich Research Commission (2008)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada) (2009)
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands) (2009)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND APPOINTED OFFICES

Editorial Advisory Board, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (Elsevier) (2009 – 2011)
All-University Traffic and Transportation Committee, Michigan State University (Chair 2009-2010)
Environmental Commission, Meridian Township
Association of American Geographers, Cultural and Political Ecology and Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Specialty Groups
Human Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems Steering Committee
Faculty Affairs Committee, Bloomington Faculty Council, Indiana University

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Clark University, Worcester, MA
Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology
Fall 1988 (53 students); Spring 1989 (58 students)
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Professor Joanna Hadjicostandi

Government 205: Roots of Political Theory
Fall 1989 (26 students)
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Professor Knut Rasmussen

International Development 325: GIS for Regional Development
Spring 1990  (6  students)
Instructor

Geography 298: Field Sampling Methods (lecture and laboratory)
Fall 1997 (12 students)
Instructor

Geography 299: Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Fellowship
Summer/Fall 1999 (5 students)
Graduate Teaching Assistant for Professor Billie Lee Turner II

United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Nairobi, Kenya
Training of African Scientists in GIS and Image Processing for African Environmental Problems

Regional Centre for Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing
Summer 1990 (10 weeks) (10 participants)
Lead Instructor

University of Luton, Luton, UK
Mapping Sciences 02: Remote Sensing I (lecture and laboratory)
Fall 1993 (25 students); Spring 1994 (35 students)
Lecturer

Mapping Sciences 05: Remote Sensing II (lecture and laboratory)
Spring 1994 (81 students)
Lecturer
 
STUDENT ADVISING/MENTORING

Clark University: Kathleen Miner and David Sczcebak, Final Master’s Project Mentor (GIS-ID  Program)
Indiana University: Benjamin Timms, PhD Committee (Geography Department)
Michigan State University: Ann Axel, PhD Committee (Department of Fisheries and Wildlife); Steve Cameron, PhD Committee (Department of Geography); Pete Richards PhD Committee (Department of Geography)

Panelist, Africanist Graduate Student Conference (MSU), 2007

Judge, Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization Symposium (MSU), 2008, 2009

WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED

Challenges and Opportunities in Research on Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems. 14 April, 2009. US Regional Association, International Association for Landscape Ecology. Snowbird, Utah.

Land Use Harmonization Workshop.  8-10 February 2006. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. Rome, Italy. 24 participants.

NSF Site Visit, Science and Technology Center Competition. September 29-October 1, 2004. Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 70 participants.

NSF Proposal Workshop. August 31-September 2, 2004, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 49 participants.
 
Trajectories of Land Change in East/Southeast Asia. 7-9 November 2003. East-West Center, Honolulu, HI. 26 participants

Trajectories of Land Change in Sub-Saharan Africa, 17-19 May 2003. De Wageningse Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 26 participants.

 Trajectories of Land Change in Latin America. 16-18 November 2002. Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. 21 participants.

Meeting in the Middle: The Challenge of Meso-Level Integration. 17-20 October, 2000. Space Applications Institute, European Union Joint Research Center. Ispra, Italy. 23 participants.
 
Integrated Rural Development Pre-Service Training. Summer 1985 (12 weeks). Souban Training Facility, Mali. 12 participants.

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