Conservation of Wildlife and Ecosystems

Human impacts on the environment are having an important effect on biodiversity. Climate change, population growth, urban expansion, food production, and changing land use are altering ecosystems in profound ways. Biodiversity is critical for Earth’s ecosystems and for human life.

Our faculty, postdocs, and students seek to study and understand the specific impacts that environmental changes, such as habitat loss and global warming, are having on species and ecosystems. Drawing on this information, they work alongside policymakers, NGOs, and other research collaborators to help identify the best strategies for protecting biodiversity, improving outcomes for endangered species, and sustaining the natural resources required for future generations.

More specifically, recent research in this area has covered such topics as forest conversion and logging, oil-palm production, the unsustainable trapping of wild animals, reforestation and other forms of ecological restoration, animal migration patterns, and agricultural land use. Their research methods and approaches encompass both ecology and the social sciences.


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Chronic Underfunding and Delays in Protecting Species Hinder the Endangered Species Act
Oct. 12, 2022
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Written by Columbia Climate School and Keely Swan, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Since its passage in 1973, the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been the strongest law to prevent species extinctions in the United States, and has served as a model of conservation policy to other nations. However, the law has resulted in relatively few successes in helping species recover. Out of more than one thousand species that have…

STEP PhD Student Brian Lee Receives Best Student Publication Award from National Taiwan University
Aug. 11, 2022
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Written by Keely Swan, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

Brian Lee, a PhD student in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) cluster of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, was recently awarded the 2021-22 Best Student Publication Award in the College of Bioresources and Agriculture at National…

Saving Paradise: Why We Must Protect Global Lands Now
June 10, 2022
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Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Protecting land and water is essential to preserving habitats for wildlife and mitigating harmful climate change effects. This is why many countries — as well as the U.S. federal government and state of California, have pledged to protect 30% of all land and water by 2030, also known as the “30x30” initiative.

Achieving this target at…

Regrow, Not Reuse: How Restoring Abandoned Farms Can Mitigate Climate Change
June 9, 2022
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Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
The Institute Woods near Princeton University’s campus comprises 589 acres of serene walking trails and a wooden footbridge enjoyed by hikers, runners, and birdwatchers. Like many forests in New Jersey, this local landmark was a patchwork of farm fields and orchards as recently as 1940 — before regrowing into the verdant escape seen today.

Tackling Climate Change’s Most Complex Phenomena
Nov. 9, 2021
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Written by Riis L. Williams

A new partnership between Princeton University’s Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment (C-PREE) and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is pairing students and researchers to work on solutions to today…

How We Measure Biodiversity Can Have Profound Impacts on Land-Use
June 28, 2021
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Written by Liana Wait, School of Public and International Affairs

The world’s human population is expanding, which means even more agricultural land will be needed to provide food for this growing population. However, choosing which areas to convert is difficult and depends on agricultural and environmental priorities, which can vary widely.

A Better Understanding of “Wet Markets” is Key to Safeguarding Human Health, Biodiversity
June 10, 2021
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Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Great uncertainty surrounds the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Early on, some suggested a link between COVID-19 and a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Other theories are now circulating, though the origins of the virus are still unknown.

In response, governments have pushed for the closing of so-called “wet markets” around the world, but this…

People in Developing Countries Eat Less Wild Game as They Migrate from Rural to Urban Areas
Nov. 16, 2020
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Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

People around the world, especially in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South America, consume wild game, or bushmeat, whether out of necessity, as a matter of taste preference, or, in the case of particularly desirable wildlife species, to connote a certain social status. Bushmeat consumption, however, has devastated the populations of hundreds of wildlife species and been linked to the spread of zoological diseases such as the Ebola virus.

Addressing humanity’s environmental challenges
Oct. 15, 2020
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Written by Office of Communications

Environmental challenges have galvanized activity across Princeton’s campus in recent years like few other issues in our history. From physical, biological and applied sciences to art, architecture, psychology, policy and more, research groups across the University are tackling some of the toughest problems facing humanity with the fullest range of toolkits.

Podcast: From parks to payments, which conservation strategies work best?
Aug. 4, 2020

In its 100th episode of the Mongabay Newscast!, the conservation news platform revisits their Conservation Effectiveness reporting project, highlighting developments since the initial reporting three years ago.

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