Areas of Expertise:
climate change | urban conservation | consumer behavior | corporations and the environment | sustainability
Peter Kareiva is the director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and an expert on how human activities affect climate change and the environment. Kareiva is studying how corporate sustainability initiatives affect consumer behavior, as well as their own corporate performance; the environmental impact and value of aquaculture for food production; and the value of nature for people in urban areas.
In the past Kareiva has published on biotechnology, agriculture, risk assessment, climate change, invasive species, and the importance of getting children into nature.
Before coming to UCLA, Kareiva was the chief scientist and vice president of the Nature Conservancy. Prior to joining the Nature Conservancy, Kareiva was the director of Conservation Biology at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and prior to that he was a professor at the University of Washington and Brown University.
He is also the acting director of Science for Nature and People (SNAP), a new scientific collaboration among the Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being.