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Peter Kareiva

Peter Kareiva

Lecturer, Director of Conservation Science Programs, Environmental Studies Institute


Environmental Studies Institute
Santa Clara University
500 E Camino Rea
Santa Clara, CA 95050-4901


  • Lecturer, Director of Conservation Science Programs, Environmental Studies Institute


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.


  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 1981
  • MS, Environmental Biology, University of California-Irvine, 1976
  • BA, Duke University, 1973

Journal Articles


Grimm, N. B., M. D. Staudinger, S. L. Carter, F. S. Chapin III, P. M. Kareiva, M. Ruckelshaus and B. A. Stein. 2013. Climate-change impacts on ecological systems: Introduction to a US assessment. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:456-464. DOI: 10.1890/120310. (link )


Carpenter, S. R., E. V. Armbrust, P. W. Arzberger, F. S. Chapin III, J. J. Elser, E. J. Hackett, P. M. Kareiva, M. A. Leibold, P. Lundberg, M. Mangel, N. Merchant, W. W. Murdoch, M. A. Palmer, D. P. Peters, S. T. Pickett, K. K. Smith, D. H. Wall and A. S. Zimmerman. 2009. Accelerate synthesis in ecology and environmental sciences. BioScience 59(8):699-701. (link )


McDonald, R. I., C. Yuan-Farrell, C. Fievet, M. S. Moeller, P. M. Kareiva, D. R. Foster, T. Gragson, A. P. Kinzig, L. H. Kuby and C. L. Redman. 2007. Estimating the effect of protected lands on the development and conservation of their surroundings. Conservation Biology 21(6):1526-1536. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00799.x. (link )


Harvey, C. and P. M. Kareiva. 2005. Community context and the influence of non-indigenous species on juvenile salmon survival in a Columbia river reservoir. Biological Invasions 7:651-663.

Kareiva, P. M. 2005. Tired of priorities?. Conservation in Practice 6:45-46.

Yuan-Farrell, C., M. A. Marvier, D. Press and P. M. Kareiva. 2005. Conservation easements as a conservation strategy: Is there a sense to the spatial distribution of easements?. Natural Areas Journal 25:282-289.


Kareiva, P. M. 2004. Compensating for extinction. Current Biology 14:625-626.

Marvier, M. A., P. M. Kareiva and M. G. Neubert. 2004. Habitat destruction, fragmentation, and disturbance promote invasion by habitat generalists in a multispecies metapopulation. Risk Analysis 24:869-879.

Sabo, J. L., E. J. Holmes and P. M. Kareiva. 2004. The efficacy of simple viability models in ecological risk assessment: Does density dependence matter?. Ecology 85:328-341.


Kareiva, P. M. and M. A. Marvier. 2003. Conserving biodiversity coldspots. American Scientist 91:344.

O Conner, C., M. A. Marvier and P. M. Kareiva. 2003. Biological versus social, economic, and political priority-setting in conservation. Ecology Letters 6(8):706-711.


Gerber, L. R., P. M. Kareiva and J. Bascompte. 2002. The influence of life history attributes and fishing pressure on the efficacy of marine reserves. Biological Conservation 106(1):11-18. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00224-5. (link )


Gerber, L. R., D. P. DeMaster and P. M. Kareiva. 1999. Gray whales and the value of monitoring data in implementing the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation Biology 13(5):1215-1219. DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.98466.x. (link )


Fagan, W. F. and P. M. Kareiva. 1997. Using compiled species lists to make biodiversity comparisons among regions: a test case using Oregon butterflies.. Biological Conservation


Kareiva, P. M. and U. Wennergren. 1995. Connecting landscape patterns to ecosystem and population processes. Nature 299.


Kareiva, P. M. 1990. Population dynamics in spatially complex environments: theory and data.. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. London B 175.



Redman, C. L., A. P. Kinzig, D. R. Foster, M. P. Gutmann, P. M. Kareiva and L. H. Kuby. 2004. Agrarian landscapes in transition: A cross-scale approach. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link )



Groffman, P. M., P. M. Kareiva, S. L. Carter, N. B. Grimm, J. J. Lawler, M. C. Mack, V. Matzek and H. Tallis. 2014. Climate change, ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link )

Report Chapters


Groffman, P. M., P. Kareiva, N. B. Grimm, J. Lawler, M. Mack, V. Matzek and H. Tallis. 2014. Chapter 8: Ecosystems, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Pp. 195-219 In: Melillo, J. M., T. Richmond and G. W. Yohe eds., Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment. (link )