Lucas Joppa (2009) Microsoft Research: Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group
Lucas Joppa’s focus on the computational, statistical, and modeling aspects of conservation led him to one of the most sophisticated and technologically-savvy research labs in the world: Microsoft Research. At Microsoft Research’s Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group, he leads “efforts at the interface between scientific research and policy implementation – applying our science and tools to help achieve international environmental goals.” Science interviewed Lucas in May 2013 about science-related software and the need for more peer review–that podcast interview can be heard by clicking here.
Recently, Lucas’ work culminated in the publication of a major paper on achieving conservation goals for plants in 6 September 2013 issue of Science. Lucas was the lead author of this study, which found that the world could protect 2/3 of all plant species by conserving only about 20% of all the earth’s land.
Lucas’ software program to track animal movements was profiled in a phys.org article. In an video interview on that site, he expressed hope for public participation with the video technology because “it is an important step in addressing fundamental ecological and environmental problems.”