The pragmatic conservationist

The chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy Peter Kareiva challenges historical landscapes as the goal of conservation, discusses how to develop econometrics in the Anthropocene, and how he uses science to build an unbiased view of nature.  He also takes a brief moment to address his public image as something of a provocateur.

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Contributor

Peter Kareiva
Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners.  Peter joined The Nature Conservancy’s staff 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.

Interviewer

Jenny Rempel
Jenny Rempel is a senior Earth Systems major and Human Biology minor with a love of good food, good travel and the great outdoors. Her interest in the Anthropocene stems from these very pleasures: from exploring the injustices of current food systems to studying the potential for ecotourism in Galapagos to analyzing national land conservation trends, Jenny is determined to help shape this new geological era for the better. Having grown up in Fresno, California, Jenny is particularly fond of issues at the confluence of conservation biology and sustainable agriculture.  She spent the summer of 2009 at a high-elevation field site in Colorado studying the population dynamics of a montane butterfly species, and last summer she worked with Prof. Tad Fukami to investigate the effects of removing invasive species from forest fragments. As a NOAA Hollings Scholar, Jenny is currently working with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center to study the effects of ocean acidification on marine crustaceans. While on campus, Jenny enjoys growing, cooking and eating food at the Stanford Community Farm. She serves as a co-founder and leader of the Stanford Farm Project and she organizes the Environmental Faculty Dinner Series.  In the past year, Jenny has backpacked, swam, skied, snowshoed, hiked or camped in ten different national parks. She can’t wait to get back outside – where her thoughts on the Anthropocene were first formed!

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