Stuart L. Pimm

Stuart L. Pimm

Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Stuart Pimm is a world leader in the study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. His research covers the reasons why species become extinct, how fast they do so, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction and, importantly, the management consequences of this research. Pimm received his BSc degree from Oxford University in 1971 and his Ph.D from New Mexico State University in 1974. Pimm is the author of over 270 scientific papers and four books. The Institute of Scientific Information has ranked him as one of the most highly cited environmental scientists for over a decade. Pimm wrote the highly acclaimed assessment of the human impact to the planet: The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth in 2001. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has lead to his testimony to both House and Senate Committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. He was worked and taught in Africa for nearly 20 years on elephants, most recently lions — through National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative — but always on topics that relate to the conservation of wildlife and the ecosystems on which they depend. Other research areas include the Everglades of Florida and tropical forests in South America, especially the Atlantic Coast forest of Brazil and the northern Andes — two of the world's "hotspots" for threatened species. His international honours include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement(2010), the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Society for Conservation Biology’s Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award (2006), and the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology, from the Marsh Christian Trust (awarded by the Zoological Society of London in 2004). Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, awarded him the William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement in 2007.

In The News


Ghosh-Harihar, M., R. An, R. Athreya, U. Borthakur, P. Chanchani, D. Chetry, A. Datta, et al. “Protected areas and biodiversity conservation in India.” Biological Conservation 237 (September 1, 2019): 114–24.
Tian, Z., X. Liu, Z. Fan, J. Liu, S. L. Pimm, L. Liu, C. Garcia, et al. “The next widespread bamboo flowering poses a massive risk to the giant panda.” Biological Conservation 234 (June 1, 2019): 180–87.
Vijay, V., C. D. Reid, M. Finer, C. N. Jenkins, and S. L. Pimm. “Deforestation risks posed by oil palm expansion in the Peruvian Amazon.” Environmental Research Letters 13, no. 11 (November 1, 2018).
Carter, Neil H., Paola Bouley, Sean Moore, Michael Poulos, Jérémy Bouyer, and Stuart L. Pimm. “Climate change, disease range shifts, and the future of the Africa lion..” Conservation Biology : The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 32, no. 5 (October 2018): 1207–10.
Gagné, T. O., K. D. Hyrenbach, M. E. Hagemann, O. L. Bass, S. L. Pimm, M. MacDonald, B. Peck, and K. S. Van Houtan. “Seabird trophic position across three ocean regions tracks ecosystem differences.” Frontiers in Marine Science 5, no. SEP (September 7, 2018).

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 790: Special Topics (ENVIRON 790: Special Topics)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 336A: Seabird Survival and Dispersal Analysis (ENVIRON 336A: Seabird Survival and Dispersal Analysis)
ENVIRON 590: Special Topics (ENVIRON 590: Special Topics)
ENVIRON 390: Special Topics in Environmental Sciences and Policy (ENVIRON 390: Special Topics in Environmental Sciences and Policy)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., New Mexico State University (1974)
B.A., University of Oxford (UK) (1971)