Conservation & Biodiversity

The overarching goal of conservation biology at Princeton is to foster research that makes significant strides in identifying, understanding, and reducing the threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services. To do so, we employ field work, modeling, theory, and meta-analytical synthesis. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, combining the natural sciences with the social sciences to develop realistic solutions, and we work closely with many other departments on campus. Many EEB faculty, postdocs, and graduate students also work directly with governmental and non-governmental organizations to tackle conservation problems in many parts of the world. Our faculty study topics as varied as the conservation of endangered species, the effects of climate change on species and ecosystems, the impact of modern agriculture on biodiversity, disease dynamics, the design and management of protected areas, and the sustainable use of common-pool resources such as fisheries.