Data Science for Conservation

GLUE researchers have developed computer science approaches to harness publicly available datasets to map commodity supply chains in Brazil, Colombia, the US and beyond. Our team has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to develop Visipec, a traceability tool that is now being trialed by Brazilian meatpackers. We are also developing similar solutions for other Amazonian countries and commodities. GLUE is focused on pushing academic boundaries and finding durable solutions that can support companies and producers as they move to produce more with less forest destruction through our Big Data analysis.

Gibbs, H. K., J. Munger, J. L’Roe, P. Barreto, R. Pereira, M. Christie, T. Amaral, and N.F. Walker. 2015. “Did Ranchers and Slaughterhouses Respond to Zero-Deforestation Agreements in the Brazilian Amazon?” Conservation Letters. [Link] [Portuguese Version]
Skidmore, M., F. Moffette, L.L. Rausch, M. Christie, J. Munger, and H.K. Gibbs. 2021. “Cattle Ranchers and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Production, Location, and Policies.” Global Environmental Change. [Link]
Carvalho, R., L. Rausch, J. Munger, and H. K. Gibbs. 2021. The role of high-volume ranches as cattle suppliers: Supply chain connections and cattle production in Mato Grosso. Land.
West, T.A.P, L. Rausch, J. Munger, H. K. Gibbs. Cattle produced in Brazil’s protected areas linked to slaughterhouses with zero-deforestation commitments. Conservation Letters (resubmitted).
Vale, P., H. K. Gibbs, R. Vale, J. Munger, A. Brandão, M. Christie, and E. Florence. 2019. “Mapping the cattle industry in Brazil’s most dynamic cattle ranching state: Slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso, 1967-2016.” PlosOne. [Link]
Vale, P., H. K. Gibbs, R. Vale, M. Christie, E. Florence, J. Munger, and D. Sabaini. 2019. “The expansion of intensive beef farming to the Brazilian Amazon.” Global Environmental Change. [Link]
Rajão, R., B. Soares-Filho, F. Nunes, J. Börner., L. Machado, D. Assis, A. Oliveira, L. Pinto, V. Ribeiro, L. Rausch, H.K. Gibbs, and D.Figueira. 2020. “The rotten apples of Brazil’s agribusiness.” Science vol. 369, Issue 6501, pp. 246-248. [Link]