Peter Kareiva

WOPA070103_D001Peter Kareiva is chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.

In addition to a long academic career, he has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. His current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change, and marine conservation.

Peter's Posts

Conservation in a World of Senior Citizens

October 2nd, 2012

How will an aging population influence the way we do conservation in 2050? It could be a blessing, says our chief scientist--as long as we start preparing now. More

Deforestation or Murder? Why Orangutans Are Going Extinct

November 29th, 2011

Is tropical deforestation or killing by humans to blame for the orangutan's demise? Peter Kareiva says a new study shows why it's always important for conservation to continue testing its assumptions. More

An Economist for Nature: Gretchen Daily Profiled in the Times

August 9th, 2011

The New York Times has just profiled Gretchen Daily, Stanford biology professor and member of the Conservancy's board of directors. Peter Kareiva explains why she's made such a big difference for conservation and science. More

Could Conservation-Friendly Farming Include GMOs?

August 2nd, 2011

Genetically modified organisms -- scourge of the Earth, or potential boon to poverty reduction and conservation? We should follow the data, not our prejudices, says Peter Kareiva. More

New White House Report: The Economic Value of Nature

July 22nd, 2011

Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva helped write a new White House report on accounting for nature's value in the United States. See why he thinks it's a breakthrough. More

Why Conservation Can No Longer Ignore Apex Species

July 20th, 2011

Wolves, bears, sharks -- conservation has neglected such top-of-the-food-web species in favor of stopping biodiversity loss in the abstract, says Peter Kareiva. But a new study should change that. More

Invasive Species: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

June 7th, 2011

Should we continue to fight invasive species? Peter Kareiva says a new article in the journal Nature should make us think hard about how and where we say yes. More

Why Do We Keep Hearing Global Fisheries Are Collapsing?

November 29th, 2010

Some marine scientists say many of the world's fish stocks are nearing collapse...but the data suggest otherwise, says Peter Kareiva. So why does the media still report that we're on the verge of a fisheries apocalypse? More

Finding the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

July 8th, 2010

A new program to get urban youth into nature isn't just a step forward for the Conservancy -- it represents the key to conservation's future, says Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva. More

Why We Engage With the Energy Industry: It’s For Nature

May 23rd, 2010

Nature Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva says the Gulf Oil spill highlights how the energy industry can be a threat to nature -- and that's why conservationists must engage with energy companies such as BP to minimize those threats. More

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