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David S. Wilcove

Vice Dean, SPIA; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
312 Robertson Hall


David S. Wilcove is a professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs at Princeton University and vice dean of the School of Public and International Affairs.  The primary question driving his research is “How do we find room for biodiversity in an increasingly hot, hungry, and crowded world?”  Accordingly, his work focuses on the impacts of farming, logging, hunting, climate change, and other human activities on biodiversity.  He and his graduate students and postdocs have studied these issues around the world, from New Zealand to the Amazon Basin and from Siberia to Borneo.  Prior to joining Princeton’s faculty in 2001, he worked as a scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, The Wilderness Society, and The Nature Conservancy.  He is the author of two books—No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations (2007) and The Condor’s Shadow: The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America (1999)—and many technical and popular articles in the fields of conservation biology, ornithology, and wildlife conservation.  Professor Wilcove serves or has served on the boards of directors of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Society for Conservation Biology, Rare, American Bird Conservancy, Natural Areas Association, Galapagos Conservancy, and New Jersey Audubon Society, among other organizations.  He has received awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, Defenders of Wildlife, the Pew Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.  He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his doctorate from Princeton University.