Dr. Theodore “Ted” Wong’s career has included both field and theoretical approaches to ecology, but his recent work has focused on the application of computer simulations and GIS to ecological and environmental-management problems. Ted recently founded Grassroots Geography, a non-profit organization that develops simple, inexpensive GIS tools and works with grassroots environmental organizations to integrate these tools into their conservation, sustainability, and environmental-justice activities.
In 1994 Ted received a Master’s at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he studied forest ecology and conservation biology. He received a PhD in Biological Sciences in 2001 at Stanford University. His dissertation research combined garden and computer-simulation studies to explain geographic distributions and growth strategies of plants in variable and changing climates. Ted has worked on rare-butterfly conservation at Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, urban forestry with the California Department of Forestry, and rainforest ecology in Sri Lanka with Yale’s Tropical Resources Institute. Ted has also taught ecology, computer modelling, and ecosystem management at Bryn Mawr and Ursinus Colleges.
Last updated: February 2009