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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Tackling Climate Change’s Most Complex Phenomena
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A new partnership between Princeton University’s Center for Policy Research on Energy and…

How We Measure Biodiversity Can Have Profound Impacts on Land-Use
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The world’s human population is expanding, which means even more agricultural land will be needed to provide food for this growing population…

A Better Understanding of “Wet Markets” is Key to Safeguarding Human Health, Biodiversity
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People in Developing Countries Eat Less Wild Game as They Migrate from Rural to Urban Areas
Nov. 16, 2020
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
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?
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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.

Global Threats: How Lessons from Covid-19 Can Prevent Environmental Meltdown
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Epidemiologists highlighted the dangers of Covid-19 in its early stages, but their warnings went largely ignored until rising infection rates forced policymakers to take action.

Rigorous, Solution-Oriented Research is Critical for Saving Wildlife – And It’s Not Happening Enough
June 24, 2020
Written by Keely Swan

As a Ph.D student in Zoology at University of Cambridge, David Williams was working on his doctoral dissertation on the trade-offs between food production, biodiversity, and ecosystems. Pouring through articles by other natural scientists in prestigious science journals, it struck him as odd that so many of the articles failed to address the underlying issues that were causing declines in wildlife around the world.

Study on shorebirds suggests that when conserving species, not all land is equal
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Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for the preservation of endangered species.

Where the logging ends in Indonesian Borneo, the forest clearing begins
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Conservation magazine, Mongabay, covers research by former C-PREE postdoc, Zuzana Burivalova, that considers the role that inactive logging concessions might play in conservation efforts.

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