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Studies become designs become studies

Florence’s Ponte Vecchio on the Arno River May 1994

Misfat Al A’briyeen, Hajar Mountains, Oman

Much of the traditional agriculture of the Arabian / Persian Gulf region is in decline or being abandoned. Costs of water and labour have increased as have the expectations of farmers. Imports are relatively cheap. But more remote areas of Oman’s Hajar Mountains remain exceptional examples of particularly cosmopolitan forms of agro-forestry. Here date palm [...]

Northern Garry oak ecosystems: Landscape ecology analyses for biodiversity conservation planning


Much of my work as an environmental planner and designer has involved conservation and recovery of sensitive ecosystems and an underlying exploration of the relevance of the field of landscape ecology. The group of ecological communities and landscapes with which I have worked for the longest period, going back to my childhood and the land [...]

projects involving temperate rainforest research & conservation

Gordon Brent INGRAM Ph.D.  | email: studio[at symbol]

projects involving
temperate rainforest research & conservation
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Upper Tofino Creek, in an eastern district of Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island, February 1991, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

1974 Old-growth forest, Skidegate Plateau, Graham Island and the east coast of [...]

The vulnerable heritage landscapes of Makbarat al Sahabi

The conflict that resulted in this battlefield and cemetery represents one of the largest and most decisive battles in this part of the region was in response to a revolt at Dibba in 632 AD (11 AH). At least a thousand people, on both sides, are thought to have died and been buried on [...]

Pakistan’s Salt Range: Exploring alternative strategies for forest biodiversity conservation & community development

I was first invited to the work in the Pakistan Punjab’s Salt Range in August 2000*.On these margins of the Indian subcontinent’s monsoons, the heat of the summer broke into showers. My time in those hills and low-lying mountains has been enchanting though has sometimes been overwhelmed in realization the extent of the [...]

The Satwa and Al Bastakiya districts of Dubai: Divergent processes of obliteration and conservation of heritage neighbourhoods

The Satwa and Al Bastakiya districts of Dubai:
Divergent processes of obliteration and conservation of heritage neighbourhoods

Urbanization, in what is today the United Arab Emirates, is a relatively recent phenomenon. There are a handful of ancient villages and a few older towns, such as Ras al Khaimah, but along this margin of the Gulf [...]

Survey of remaining mangrove forest and human communities, southern Sundarbans, Bangladesh

Sundarbans sample plot for identifying remaining fragments of more intact mangrove forest, courtesy of Mohammed Abu Syed


In August of 2000, at the height of the monsoon rains, I went to the Kulna District of Bangladesh to advise one of my graduate students, Mohammed Abu Syed. ‘Syed’ who now teaches remote sensing for [...]

Lombok: Mid-1990

In mid-1990, I was part of a reconnaissance of the remaining natural habitat of the island of Lombok. This work was part of the initial stages for more comprehensive land use planning for biodiversity conservation – a process that still has only barely begun two decades later.
Just east of Bali, but separated by a deep [...]

Conservation planning for Fergusson Island, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea

Aerial view of south-western Fergusson Is, D’Entrecasteaux Islands, Papua New Guinea, March 1989, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Gordon Brent Ingram, Environmental Planning Program, 202 Wurster Hall, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 USA
June 1989
An urgent need for conservation action:
Toward monitoring and protection of the
biological diversity of the rainforest and
coral [...]