Trained as a veterinarian and ecologist (B.Sc. Cornell, V.M.D. UPenn, M.E.S. Yale), Dr. Gary Tabor has worked as a catalyst to champion large landscape conservation efforts in North America and abroad for over 30 years, including 15 years as a leader within the U.S. environmental philanthropic community.
Dr. Tabor is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation which was established in 2007. Focused on the American West, the Center creates strategies to solve natures large scale challenges such as climate change, habitat fragmentation and loss of vital goods and services provided by healthy ecosystems. Through collaboration the Center seeks to build an enduring constituency for large landscape conservation. By acting as an inter-organizational catalyst to fuel scientific and policy collaboration, the Center plays a unique role in advancing wildlife corridor and connectivity conservation. It achieves its mission by:
- Connecting ideas, individuals, and institutions;
- Identifying and connecting conservation initiatives of different landscape scales;
- Creating and advocating for new policies that support good stewardship;
- Developing and applying science to on-the-ground projects; and
- Generating strategies and promoting cooperation to advance trans-boundary conservation.
Professional Philanthropic Activities
Dr. Tabor has served as the Environment Program Officer for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Associate Director of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, co-founder of Animal Grantmakers and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, and Yellowstone to Yukon Program Director for the Wilburforce Foundation. He has served as Canadian grants advisor to the Turner Foundation, and played a major role in facilitating U.S. philanthropic investments in Canadian conservation for nearly two decades. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Tabor established and managed the Wilburforce Foundation’s Yellowstone to Yukon field office in Bozeman, Montana. His work also includes the design of international conservation trusts for biodiversity protection for USAID, and the Global Environmental Facility of the World Bank (the Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahninga Forest Mountain Gorilla Fund and the Baltic American Partnership Fund).
Recently, Dr. Tabor was selected as one of 100 thought leaders worldwide to participate in the design of a new National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Futures Initiative to develop a research and policy agenda for advancing ecosystem services. This effort will create a new U.S. governmental funding source to facilitate the design and implementation of ecosystem service efforts.
Dr. Tabor’s conservation achievements include establishing Makerere University's Biological Field Station in Kibale Forest, Uganda, the facilitation of the establishment of Kibale National Park in Uganda; co-founding the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation initiative; co-founding the New England Grassroots Environment Fund; co-founding the Consortium for Conservation Medicine with Wildlife Trust, attending Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University; catalyzing the Western Governors Association wildlife corridor initiative; and co-founding Patagonia's (clothing) Freedom to Roam campaign to advance landscape connectivity conservation. He recently conducted the first ever Congo Basin-wide evaluation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Great Ape Conservation Fund.
Dr. Tabor currently serves on the Advisory Team of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative. He is also a Senior Fellow, University of Montana Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Co-Director, Roundtable for the Crown of the Continent. Dr. Tabor is helping to create a Network of Large Landscape Practitioners, in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, an operating foundation. This effort seeks to build capacity, leverage resources, and enhance the policy influence of North America’s large landscape conservation community. He also assisted the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative in the design and publication of its 2010 report “Moving Toward Climate Change Adaptation: The promise of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative for addressing the region’s vulnerability to Climate Disruption.”
Dr. Tabor is a published conservation scientist  and is a former elected member to the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology.  He is a member of the Phi Zeta, the Veterinarian Honor Society, and was awarded a prestigious Henry Luce Scholar grant.
Field Conservation Activities
1981-1982: Research Assistant, Cornell University, Bee-Eater Research Project, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Research technician for Dr. Stephen T. Emlen and Dr. Peter Wrege. Studied the cooperative breeding behavior of the White-fronted Bee-Eater (Merops bullockoides)funded by National Science Foundation and Explorer’s Club.
1982-1983: Research Assistant, Cornell University, Laboratory of Ornithology, Voltzberg-Raleigh Falls Reserve, Surinam. Studied the behavior of the rare neotropical bird, the Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola rupicola) funded by National Geographic Research.
1986: Research Assistant, Bowhead Whale Census Project, North Slope Borough, Barrow Alaska. Conducted population estimates of the Bowhead whale via aerial, acoustical and ice-based visual census techniques.
1987-1989: Co-Director, Makerere University Biological Field Station, Kibale Forest, Uganda. (One of the premier tropical forest ecological research stations in Africa.) Managed field station operations, designed and implemented forest protected areas, coordinated research activities, supervised community conservation program. Helped transform the Kibale Forest Project, an individual research effort, into a more broad-based institutional design. Worked with USAID and Ugandan Government in establishing Kibale National Park.
1989-1992: Senior Program Officer African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) covering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Rwanda, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Supervised tropical forest conservation and biodiversity projects; community conservation projects; nature tourism development; wildlife policy and planning and endangered species conservation. Established AWF operations in Uganda and Tanzania.
Government Advisory Experience
• 2010 to Present: President Obama's America’s Great Outdoors Initiative: connecting local western conservation groups by acting as a local liaison for federal programs and projects.
• 2010 to Present: U.S. Department of Interior: Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, guiding the development of a regional climate adaptation strategy.
• 2008 to Present: State of Montana: Crucial Areas and Connectivity Assessment, coordinator of Connectivity Working Group and Climate Adaptation Working Group.
• 2008-2009: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Program review of the Great Ape Conservation Fund and Central Africa Forest Partnership.
• 2007-2008: Western Governors Association: Wildlife Corridors Initiative, Climate Change and Science committees.
• 1998: Ecosystem Conservation Advisor for Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy in Thailand: Facilitated $12.0 million ecosystem conservation design for the Western Forest Complex, one of the largest remaining tracts of intact forest in Southeast Asia.
• 1989-1992: U.S. AID Biodiversity Design specialist: Action Program for the Environment in Uganda, Planning and Assessment for Wildlife Management in Tanzania, strategic plan for Natural Resources Management Strategy in Africa.
• Cross, M., E. Zavaleta, D. Bachelet, M. Brooks, C. Enquist, E. Fleishman, L. Graumlich, C. Groves, L. Hannah, and G. Tabor. "A Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Natural Resource Conservation and Management. Conservation Letters (In review).
• Zavaleta, E., D. Miller, N. Salafsky, E. Fleishman, M. Weber, B. Gold, D. Hulse, M. Rowen, G. Tabor and J. Vanderryn. "Enhancing the Engagement of U.S. Private Foundations with Conservation Science". Journal of Conservation Biology. 2009. (In press).
• Lindenmayer, D., R. Hobbs, R. Montague-Drake, J. Alexandra, A. Bennett, M. Burgman, P. Cale,V. Cramer, P. Cullen, D. Driscoll, J. Franklin, Y. Haila, M. Hunter, P. Gibbons, S. Lake, G. Luck, C. MacGregor, S. McIntyre, R. MacNally, A. Manning, J. Miller, H. Mooney, R. Noss, H. Possingham, D. Saunders, F. Schmiegelow, M. Scott, D. Simberloff, T. Sisk, G. Tabor, B. Walker, J. Wiens, J. Woinarski, and E. Zavaleta. "A Checklist for Ecological Management of Landscapes for Conservation". Ecology Letters. October 2007.
• L. Bienen and G. Tabor. "Applying an Ecosystem Approach to Brucellosis Control: Can an Old Conflict Between Wildlife and Agriculture Be Successfully Managed?" Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2006; 4(6): 319-327.
• G. Tabor, and H. Locke. 2004. "Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative" in Managing Mountain Protected Areas: Challenges and Responses for the 21st Century. David Harmon and Graeme Worboys (eds). Colledara, Italy, Andromeda Editrice. 429 pp.
• P. Daszak, G. Tabor, A. Marm Kilpatrick, et al. "Conservation Medicine and a New Agenda for Emerging Diseases". Annals of the New York Acadademy of Sciences. 2004; 1026:1-11.
• Patz, J.A., P. Daszak, G. Tabor et al. "Unhealthy Landscapes: Policy Recommendations on Land Use Change and Disease Emergence". Environmental Health Perspectives. 2004. Vol. 112:10 1092-1098.
• G. Tabor and A.A. Aguirre. "Ecosystem Health and Sentinel Species: Adding an Ecological Element to the Proverbial 'Canary in the Mineshaft'”. Ecohealth. September 2004. Vol. 1:3.
• Aguirre, A. A., R. S. Ostfeld, G. Tabor, C. A. House and M. C. Pearl (eds.). Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice. 2002. Oxford University Press, New York, 407 pp.
• Tabor, G., R.S. Ostfeld, M. Poss, A.P. Dobson, and A.A. Aguirre, "Conservation Biology and the Health Sciences: Defining the Research Priorities of Conservation Medicine" in Research Priorities in Conservation Biology. M.E. Soulé and G.H. Orians (eds.). 2001. 2nd edition. Island Press; Washington, D.C.
• Gillin, C.M., G. Tabor, and A.A. Aguirre. 2002. "Ecological Health and Wildlife Disease Management in National Parks" in Conservation Medicine: Ecological Health in Practice. Aguirre, A. A., R. S. Ostfeld, G. Tabor, C. A. House and M. C. Pearl (eds.). 2002. Oxford University Press, New York.
- CLLC website 2009 (see link below),
- see "Representative Publications"