University of Massachusetts Amherst

Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System

Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System

CAPS Team

About The Developers

CAPS is being developed by the following core team of scientists at the University of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Conservation:

Kevin McGarigal – Landscape ecologist; responsible for conceptual development of CAPS and general project oversight.

Scott Jackson – Conservation biologist; responsible for conceptual development of CAPS, wetlands assessment techniques and policy applications, liaison with project sponsors and collaborators, and community outreach.

Brad Compton – Ecologist/Modeler; responsible for conceptual development of CAPS, software development and coordinating and implementing all applications.

Other Contributors

Kasey Rolih – Community ecologist; responsible for the ecological community classification, characterization, and mapping.

Eduard Ene – Computer programmer; responsible for software development.

Ethan Plunkett – Ecologist/Modeler; responsible for data analysis and modeling.

Joanna Grand – Ecologist; Responsible for database management and GIS technician.

Lisabeth Willey – Ecologist/Modeler; responsible for development of an urban growth model.

Theresa Portante – Graduate student; responsible for developing and implementing wetland assessment techniques for use with the CAPS modeling approach.

William DeLuca – Graduate Student; responsible for development of species-specific habitat models use use with the CAPS modeling approach.

Acknowledgements

The following people have contributed to the development of CAPS: David Goodwin (formerly of UMass Amherst now with MA DCR), Andrew Finton, Mark Anderson, Jessica Dyson, Alison Bowden and Laura Marx (TNC), Lisa Rhodes, Michael McHugh, Lealdon Langley, James Sprague Michael Stroman and Thomas Maguire (MassDEP), Jan Smith and Marc Carullo (Mass CZM), Barbara Warren (Salem Sound 2000) and James DeNormandie (Massachusetts Audubon Society).

We thank the many people who served on our field and laboratory crews: Charley Eiseman, Jennifer Connolly, Natasha Worden, Antavis Wings, Shelley Raymond, Emily Stephens, Danielle Christopher, Christine Scesny, Ross Cowman, Ryan Dubois, Eric Eaton and Sally Shaw. Natalie Regis, Joanna Grand, Maili Paige, Dennis Babaasa, Jennifer Seavey, Lloyd Gamble and Liz Willey contributed data and analyses. We also thank the many ecologists who have participated in technical working groups and expert teams over the years: Taber Allison, Robert Askins, Henry Barbour, Stephen Broderick, Robert Buchsbaum, Bruce Carlisle, Betsy Colburn, Richard DeGraaf, Michele Dionne, Hunt Durey, Sara Grady, Russ Hopping, Christian Jaqcz, Andrea Jones, Rene Laubach, Frank Lowenstein, Scott Melvin, Rick McKinney, Glenn Motzkin, Tom O'Brien, Adrienne Pappal, Tom Rawinski, Don Reid, Ed Reiner, John Scanlon, Tim Simmons, Tim Smith, Pat Swain, Lisa Vernegaard, Peter Vickory, and Cathy Wigand.

Contact Information

Kevin McGarigal, Professor
Department of Environmental Conservation
Holdsworth Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 577-0655
mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

Scott Jackson, Extension Associate Professor
Program Director, UMass Extension's Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Program
Department of Environmental Conservation
Holdsworth Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-4743
sjackson@umext.umass.edu