David Wilcove

Professor | EEB, HMEI & Public Affairs
Conservation Biology and Policy
Office Phone
312 Robertson Hall

Members of my research group are tackling a range of topics in different places, but in all of our work we strive to use a combination of ecology, economics, and policy research to find workable solutions to challenging conservation issues. Recent or ongoing projects include studies of the impact of logging and oil-palm agriculture on biodiversity in Southeast Asia (focusing on birds, fish, and dung beetles); the conservation of migratory species; and how human adaptive responses to climate change are likely to affect biodiversity. New or upcoming projects include studies of the wild bird trade in Southeast Asia, the development of coastal wetlands in Asia, and how bird distributions and abundance are affected by land-use changes in the Himalayas and Amazonia.


Selected Publications

Elsen, P.R., K. Ramesh, and D.S. Wilcove. In press. Addressing the habitat needs of a seasonally dynamic avifauna: conservation of Himalayan birds in forested and agricultural landscapes. Conservation Biology

Srinivasan, U., P.R. Elsen, M.W. Tingley, and D.S. Wilcove. 2018. Temperature and competition interact to structure Himalayan bird communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.2593

Hua, F., X. Wang, X. Zheng, B. Fisher, L. Wang, J. Zhu, Y. Tang, D.W. Yu, and D.S. Wilcove. 2016. Opportunities for biodiversity gains under the world’s largest reforestation programme. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12717.

Harris, J.B.C., J.M.H. Green, D.W. Prawiradilaga, X. Giam, Giyanto, D. Hikmatullah, C.A. Putra, and D. S. Wilcove. 2015. Using market data and expert opinon to identify overexploited species in the wild bird trade. Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.04.009.


Faculty Assistant: Charles Crosby 

phone 609-258-0293