Stuart Pimm head shot with cheetah

Stuart Pimm

Saving Species

Few scientists are more widely cited, or outspoken, on the causes of present-day extinctions and what humans can do to prevent them than Stuart Pimm. 

From his trailblazing studies on the Cape Sable sparrow, a sentinel species for the health of the Everglades, to his high-profile work on giant pandas, big cats and the endemic bird species of the Andes, Pimm has helped lead the charge to reverse species declines and protect their dwindling habitats using his three-fold approach to conservation science: cutting-edge technology, local partnerships, and boots-on-the-ground fieldwork.

In more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, he’s advanced our understanding of everything from the mathematical properties of food webs—an essential underpinning of much of his work—to the role introduced species play in extinctions, and why some species disappear faster than others.

“By 2050, if extinctions continue at their present rate, between 25% and 50% of all species will have disappeared or be too few in numbers to survive,” says Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology. “I think we must ask ourselves if this is really what we want to do to God’s creation.”