Stuart L. Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke University, became committed to conservation biology after watching species become extinct in Hawaii in the 1970s. That experience led him to study the scientific issues behind the global loss of biological diversity.
Pimm has written more than 150 scientific papers, including three review articles in Nature and Science. His four books include The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities and The World according to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth, his new global assessment of biodiversity’s future.
His research covers the reasons why species become extinct, how fast they do so, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction, the role of introduced species in causing extinction, and the management consequences of this research.
He has testified before House and Senate committees on the reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act. His awards include a Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment (1993) and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (1999). The Institute of Scientific Information recognized him in 2002 as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists. In 2004 Pimm was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.