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The Nature Conservancy's Peter Kareiva Named to National Academy of Sciences

Conservancy's Chief Scientist Honored for Excellence in Original Scientific Research


Washington, DC | April 30, 2012

Today, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) inducted Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, as one of their newest members, honored for his excellence in original scientific research.   NAS is an elite group dedicated to furthering science and technology and their use for the public good.

"Peter Kareiva has pioneered theoretical and experiment-based advances in ecology and conservation, with a hallmark of simplicity, empirical insight and validation that are widely used today in academia, governments and NGOs," said Mary Ruckelshaus, a colleague of Kareiva's and managing director of the Natural Capital Project. "He is a brilliant scientist and communicator, whose leadership is evident not only in fundamental research, but also in the people he has mentored and influenced. This is a well-deserved honor."

Kareiva joined The Nature Conservancy in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change and marine conservation. He received a master’s of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.

Recently, Kareiva and his work were featured in Greenwire and on the New York Times' DotEarth blog.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furthering science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences has served to “investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art” whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government. Among the NAS’s historically renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. Over 180 living Academy members have won Nobel Prizes.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org

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