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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Monday, Nov 16, 2020
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...
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
by Office of Communications

Environmental challenges have galvanized activity across Princeton’s campus in recent years like few other issues in our history.

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020

In its 100th episode of the Mongabay Newscast!, the conservation news platform revisits their...

Thursday, Jul 2, 2020
by Bianca Ortiz-Miskimen ‘22

Epidemiologists highlighted the dangers of Covid-19 in its early stages, but their warnings went largely ignored until rising infection rates...

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020
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...

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for...
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

Conservation magazine, Mongabay, covers research by former C-PREE postdoc, Zuzana Burivalova, that considers the role that inactive logging...

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020

"What do the coronavirus, HIV, and the impending extinction of the world’s rhinoceroses have in common?

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019
by Joseph Albanese for the Princeton Environmental Institute

The fabled use of canaries in coal mines as an early warning of carbon monoxide stemmed from the birds’ extreme sensitivity to toxic...

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