Bing Lin

STEP Ph.D. Student

Bing is a second-year Ph.D. student under Dr. David Wilcove in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research at the nexus of conservation ecology, environmental policy, and the behavioral sciences. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Bing spent the summer of 2020 examining “wet markets” and their respective risks to biodiversity and human health in East and Southeast Asia. More broadly, Bing aims to integrate behavioral science insights in tackling exigent issues like habitat and biodiversity loss, environmental sustainability, and conservation policymaking. This may involve harnessing simple yet effective choice architecture approaches to incite lasting behavior change. Bing is also a firm believer in science communication and wants to work on solutions to systematically bridge the widening gap between scientists, stakeholders, and the general public.

Bing completed his undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton in 2016 with a certificate in Environmental Studies. He then spent a year on a Princeton in Asia teaching fellowship in southern Thailand, a year conducting primate behavioral research in the Ethiopian highlands, and several months conducting coral reef assessment surveys in Dominica and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington.

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.