Peter Kareiva is The Nature Conservancy’s senior science advisor to the president and the Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Peter works closely with The Nature Conservancy’s President and CEO Mark Tercek, and serves as Chairman of its Science Cabinet, working with world-class science talent to advance the organization’s conservation mission. He is also a member of The Conservancy’s Science Council and as a member of the Board for its Science for Nature and People (SNAP) collaboration with other conservation organizations.
At UCLA, he directs an institute with more than 80 faculty members from academic departments across campus. Research is focused on environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water quality, biodiversity and conservation, energy, coastal and water resources, urban sustainability, corporate sustainability and environmental economics, with much of it coordinated through eight research centers.
Peter previously served as the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he was responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.
Peter joined The 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.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Peter has published more than 100 widely cited papers in such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology and global climate change. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Conservation Biology.
Peter has taught at many other universities around the world (including Brown University, Uppsala University, University of Washington and University of Virginia) and authored six books.
Peter 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.