Bing Lin

STEP Ph.D. Student

I am a third-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 upon the human dimensions of coral reef socio-ecological systems, currently on the ways that nature-based tourism might help or harm coastal reef ecosystems across the main Hawaiian Islands.  

More broadly, I am interested in interdisciplinary research at the nexus of conservation ecology, environmental policy, and applied behavioral science. By integrating behavioral science insights in tackling exigent issues like habitat and biodiversity loss, environmental sustainability, and conservation policy making, I hope to harness simple yet effective choice architecture approaches to incite lasting behavior change for individuals and communities involved. I am also a firm believer in science communication and want to work on solutions to systematically bridge the widening gap between scientists, stakeholders, and the general public.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, my summer of 2020 was spent examining “wet markets” and their respective risks to biodiversity and human health in East and Southeast Asia. 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 Princeton in Asia teaching fellowship in southern 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 game a squash, round of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or scuba diving, snowboarding, and taking pictures of 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.