Bing Lin

STEP Ph.D. Student

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student under Dr. David Wilcove in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. My work focuses on the human dimensions of coral reef conservation, and currently on the ways that nature-based tourism might help or harm coastal reef ecosystems across various patterns of scale. 

More broadly, I am also interested in interdisciplinary research at the nexus of conservation ecology, environmental policy, and applied behavioral science. By integrating behavioral science insights into biodiversity conservation interventions, I hope to harness simple yet effective policy- and nudge-based approaches to incite lasting behavior change in individuals and communities.

Prior to my PhD, I completed my undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a certificate in Environmental Studies, at Princeton in 2016. I then spent a year on a teaching fellowship with Princeton in Asia in Bangsak, Thailand; a year conducting primate behavioral research in the Ethiopian highlands; and many months conducting coral reef ecological surveys in Dominica and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington.

Catch me for a dive; hike; game of squash; round of Brazilian jiu-jitsu; or photographing local wildlife in my free time.


Selected Publications

Lin, Bing, Madeleine L Dietrich, Rebecca A Senior, David S Wilcove (2021) "A better classification of wet markets is key to safeguarding human health and biodiversity." Lancet Planetary Health. 5 (6): e386–94.

Lin, B. (2021). Close encounters of the worst kind: Reforms needed to curb coral reef damage by recreational divers. Coral Reefs.