Peter Kareiva

Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

300 La Kretz Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

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Peter Kareiva is the director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Before coming to UCLA, Kareiva was the Chief Scientist and Vice President of The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for maintaining the quality of over 600 staff engaged in conservation science in 36 countries around the world. He is also the acting director of Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a new scientific collaboration among the Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis that is designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being. Kareiva studied political science and zoology at Duke University for his bachelor’s degree and ecology and applied mathematics at Cornell University for his Ph.D. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and author or editor of eight books, including a textbook on conservation science. Kareiva is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Kareiva was the Director of Conservation Biology at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and prior to that he was a Professor at the University of Washington and Brown University, with teaching or faculty stints at Stanford University, University of Virginia, Uppsala University, and Oxford University. His current research concerns the connection between human activities and changes in ecosystem services, as part of the Natural Capital Project, which he co-founded with Gretchen Daily, Steve Polasky, and Taylor Ricketts. Kareiva is also studying the linkage between the sustainability initiatives of global corporations and their impacts on ecosystems, as well as their own corporate performance; the environmental impact and value of aquaculture for food production; and the value of nature for people in urban areas. In the past Kareiva has published on biotechnology, agriculture, risk assessment, climate change, invasive species, and the importance of getting our children into nature.

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Peter Kareiva's Blog: Back to School: Unlearning 9 Environmental Myths
Eating local is good. All corporations are bad. Population growth is the problem. Students: Question these and other environmental myths, says Peter Kareiva.


Beyond Tomorrow: Why Environmentalists Need to Get Beyond Instant Gratification

Peter Kareiva writes that environmentalism needs long-term visions to give the public a path to 2050 it can buy into.

Peter Kareiva takes helm at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
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Why I'm coming to UCLA
Read Peter’s essay about why UCLA, IoES and Los Angeles were an irresistible combination for the next challenge of his career.

Interview in Boom: A Journal of California
IoES Journalist in Residence Jon Christensen interviews Peter at length about why he’s so excited about working with IoES students and faculty — and in the urban sustainability lab that is Greater Los Angeles.

What people are saying
See what science, environmental and conservation heavyweights are saying about Kareiva’s career and move to UCLA.

Kareiva's research
Peter Kareiva’s research and published articles span the gamut of environmental and conservation science—from field biology studies to ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change to how to communicate science better.