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David Wilcove


David S. Wilcove is Professor of Public Affairs and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Woodrow Wilson School. He joined the faculty in 2001 after 16 years working in various environmental organizations. Professor Wilcove's research interests focus on the conservation of biodiversity. He and his students and postdocs have worked in Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, New Zealand, East Africa, South America, Central America, and North America. Their work typically combines ecological research with economics and other social sciences to address issues such as deforestation, commercial logging, agriculture, and the wild animal trade.

From 1991-2001, Dr. Wilcove served as Senior Ecologist at the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, DC where he focused on developing economically and scientifically sound policies for protecting endangered species.

From 1986-1991 he was Senior Ecologist for The Wilderness Society, where he helped to develop the scientific foundation for the Society's arduous and successful campaign to protect the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the staff of The Wilderness Society, he was a Research Scientist in Zoology for The Nature Conservancy. Professor Wilcove has served on the board of directors of the American Bird Conservatory, Rare, the Society for Conservation Biology, and on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology and Ecological Applications.

Dr. Wilcove is the author of two books and numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and popular articles dealing with conservation biology, endangered species, biogeography, and ornithology

A 1980 graduate of Yale University, David Wilcove holds advanced degrees from Princeton University (M.A., Biology, 1982 and Ph.D., Biology, 1985).

For information on his research, see

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Director, Program in Environmental Studies

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Princeton University, 08540

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