John W. Terborgh

John W. Terborgh

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science

John W. Terborgh is a James B. Duke Professor of Environmental Science and is Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, and for the past thirty-five years, he has been actively involved in tropical ecology and conservation issues. An authority on avian and mammalian ecology in neotropical forests, Dr. Terborgh has published numerous articles and books on conservation themes. Since 1973 he has operated a field station in Peru's Manu National Park where he has overseen the research of more than 100 investigators. Dr. Terborgh earlier served on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Princeton University. In June 1992 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his distinguished work in tropical ecology, and in April 1996 he was awarded the National Academy of Science Daniel Giraud Elliot medal for his research, and for his book Diversity and the Tropical Rainforest. He has served on several boards and advisory committees related to conservation, including the Wildlands Project, Cultural Survival, The Nature Conservancy, The World Wildlife Fund and both the Primate and Ecology Specialist Groups of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

In The News

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Levi, T, Barfield, M, Barrantes, S, Sullivan, C, Holt, RD, and Terborgh, J. "Tropical forests can maintain hyperdiversity because of enemies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116, no. 2 (January 2019): 581-586.
Esquivel-Muelbert, A, Baker, TR, Dexter, KG, Lewis, SL, Brienen, RJW, Feldpausch, TR, Lloyd, J, Monteagudo-Mendoza, A, Arroyo, L, Álvarez-Dávila, E, Higuchi, N, Marimon, BS, Marimon-Junior, BH, Silveira, M, Vilanova, E, Gloor, E, Malhi, Y, Chave, J, Barlow, J, Bonal, D, Davila Cardozo, N, Erwin, T, Fauset, S, Hérault, B, Laurance, S, Poorter, L, Qie, L, Stahl, C, Sullivan, MJP, Ter Steege, H, Vos, VA, Zuidema, PA, Almeida, E, Almeida de Oliveira, E, Andrade, A, Vieira, SA, Aragão, L, Araujo-Murakami, A, Arets, E, Aymard C, GA, Baraloto, C, Camargo, PB, Barroso, JG, Bongers, F, Boot, R, Camargo, JL, Castro, W, Chama Moscoso, V, Comiskey, J, Cornejo Valverde, F, Lola da Costa, AC, Del Aguila Pasquel, J, Di Fiore, A, Fernanda Duque, L, Elias, F, Engel, J, Flores Llampazo, G, Galbraith, D, Herrera Fernández, R, Honorio Coronado, E, Hubau, W, Jimenez-Rojas, E, Lima, AJN, Umetsu, RK, Laurance, W, Lopez-Gonzalez, G, Lovejoy, T, Aurelio Melo Cruz, O, Morandi, PS, Neill, D, Núñez Vargas, P, Pallqui Camacho, NC, Parada Gutierrez, A, Pardo, G, Peacock, J, Peña-Claros, M, Peñuela-Mora, MC, Petronelli, P, Pickavance, GC, Pitman, N, Prieto, A, Quesada, C, Ramírez-Angulo, H, Réjou-Méchain, M, Restrepo Correa, Z, Roopsind, A, Rudas, A, Salomão, R, Silva, N, Silva Espejo, J, Singh, J, Stropp, J, Terborgh, J, Thomas, R, Toledo, M, Torres-Lezama, A, Valenzuela Gamarra, L, van de Meer, PJ, van der Heijden, G, van der Hout, P, Vasquez Martinez, R, Vela, C, Vieira, ICG, and Phillips, OL. "Compositional response of Amazon forests to climate change." Global Change Biology 25, no. 1 (January 2019): 39-56.
Bastin, JF, Rutishauser, E, Kellner, JR, Saatchi, S, Pélissier, R, Hérault, B, Slik, F, Bogaert, J, De Cannière, C, Marshall, AR, Poulsen, J, Alvarez-Loyayza, P, Andrade, A, Angbonga-Basia, A, Araujo-Murakami, A, Arroyo, L, Ayyappan, N, de Azevedo, CP, Banki, O, Barbier, N, Barroso, JG, Beeckman, H, Bitariho, R, Boeckx, P, Boehning-Gaese, K, Brandão, H, Brearley, FQ, Breuer Ndoundou Hockemba, M, Brienen, R, Camargo, JLC, Campos-Arceiz, A, Cassart, B, Chave, J, Chazdon, R, Chuyong, G, Clark, DB, Clark, CJ, Condit, R, Honorio Coronado, EN, Davidar, P, de Haulleville, T, Descroix, L, Doucet, JL, Dourdain, A, Droissart, V, Duncan, T, Silva Espejo, J, Espinosa, S, Farwig, N, Fayolle, A, Feldpausch, TR, Ferraz, A, Fletcher, C, Gajapersad, K, Gillet, JF, Amaral, ILD, Gonmadje, C, Grogan, J, Harris, D, Herzog, SK, Homeier, J, Hubau, W, Hubbell, SP, Hufkens, K, Hurtado, J, Kamdem, NG, Kearsley, E, Kenfack, D, Kessler, M, Labrière, N, Laumonier, Y, Laurance, S, Laurance, WF, Lewis, SL, Libalah, MB, Ligot, G, Lloyd, J, Lovejoy, TE, Malhi, Y, Marimon, BS, Marimon Junior, BH, Martin, EH, and Matius, P. "Pan-tropical prediction of forest structure from the largest trees." Global Ecology and Biogeography 27, no. 11 (November 1, 2018): 1366-1383.
Bagchi, R, Swamy, V, Latorre Farfan, JP, Terborgh, J, Vela, CIA, Pitman, NCA, and Sanchez, WG. "Defaunation increases the spatial clustering of lowland Western Amazonian tree communities." Journal of Ecology 106, no. 4 (July 1, 2018): 1470-1482.
Terborgh, JW, Davenport, LC, Belcon, AU, Katul, G, Swenson, JJ, Fritz, SC, and Baker, PA. "Twenty-three-year timeline of ecological stable states and regime shifts in upper Amazon oxbow lakes." Hydrobiologia 807, no. 1 (February 1, 2018): 99-111.

Recent Grants

Courses

ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

3705C Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-5015
Box 90381
Durham, NC 27708-0381

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University (1963)
M.A., Harvard University (1960)
B.A., Harvard University (1958)