The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Peter Kareiva is the chief scientist and vice president of The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for maintaining the quality of more than 600 staff engaged in conservation science in more than 30 countries around the world. Kareiva studied political science and zoology at the 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. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Kareiva was the director of conservation biology at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and before that he was a professor at 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 also is studying the linkage between the sustainability initiatives of global corporations and their impact on ecosystems as well as their own corporate performance. In the past, Kareiva has published on biotechnology, agriculture, risk assessment, climate change, invasive species, and the importance of getting our children into nature. He currently lives in Seattle, WA.