The Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group is led by a Chair and Deputy Chair. Appointed for four-year, renewable terms, they work in close collaboration with CCSG Working Group leaders and Regional and Thematic Experts to advance projects and activities to fulfill the WCPA Mandate adopted by the IUCN Members’ Assembly.
Gary Tabor, Chair
Gary Tabor is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana in the United States. He was appointed CCSG Chair in 2016 to further advance pioneering work led by Dr. Graeme Worboys. Gary has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation for over 35 years in Africa, Australia, Canada, South America and the United States, including as the co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Patagonia’s Freedom to Roam wildlife corridor campaign, and the Network for Landscape Conservation.
Gary is Founder and President of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC). The Center aims to conserve ecological connectivity around the world by uniting and empowering communities to build climate resilience by protecting and connecting ecosystems that sustain humans and wildlife. He also serves as Senior Conservation Fellow at the University of Montana, Board Advisor for the Global Health Initiative at the University of Wisconsin, and as Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.
In addition to expanding the work of CCSG around the world, Gary has recently been making new contributions to the Connectivity Working Group under the “Canada Pathway to Target 1”, as well as the founding of the Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University. He enjoys skiing, swimming, and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Jodi Hilty, Deputy Chair
Dr. Jodi Hilty has served as CCSG Deputy Chair since 2016. Jodi is President and Chief Scientist of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. She is a wildlife corridor ecologist and conservationist, with over 20 years of experience managing large-scale conservation programs. She enjoys applying science-based solutions to complex conservation challenges and works to advance community-based and collaborative efforts.
Jodi has been co-editor or lead author on four recent books, including Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaption (2019). Prior to joining Y2Y, she was Executive Director of the North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Jodi currently serves on the Board of the Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. She was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of North America, and loves to explore the region with her family.