Conservation

Stuart Pimm became a conservation biologist watching species become extinct in Hawai’i in the 1970s. That experience lead to his commitment to study the scientific issues behind the global loss of biological diversity.  The Pimm Group has been at the leading edge of conservation biology research since Stuart Pimm joined the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment faculty in 2002. (See press release: Endangered Species Expert Named Doris Duke Professor In Conservation Ecology.)

Besides his research Dr. Pimm is active in pursuing practical conservation measures that can quickly and effectively have an impact. He is Chair of Saving Species, a 100% volunteer organization with the sole objective of preventing species extinctions. According to the Narrative from the Society for Conservation Biology’s LaRoe Award for 2006, “Stuart Pimm, the Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at Duke University, has emerged as a strong scientific voice on the loss of biological diversity and the management of endangered species and ecosystems.” His 11 years on the board of reviewing editors at Science were marked by a huge increase in the number of papers about environmental issues and about conservation of biological diversity in particular.

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