Paul Beier, Ph.D. - Regents' Professor
Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology
Conservation Planning and Wildlife Ecology
Our research addresses diverse topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Much
of our current work focuses on design of wildlife corridors, with an emphasis on
collaborative, science-based procedures. In urban southern California, in diverse
landscapes in Arizona, and in the transborder area of Ghana, Togo, and Burkina Faso,
each corridor project is a true partnership among diverse stakeholders. We also
investigate the dynamics of plague and rodent communities with emphasis on Gunnison
prairie dogs, genetic patterns of wildlife in landscapes fragmented by natural and
human-caused barriers, and the ecological role of birds in forest ecosystems.
A small fraction of our work is pure ecology with minimal conservation relevance,
such as our recent study of a bird-wasp nesting association in Ghana. However, this
study was one of the first scientific research efforts to use a new community-owned
and community-operated wildlife sanctuary, and the project helped build scientific
and conservation capacity in a region where they are sorely needed.
Dr. Beier has worked in Ghana since 1998, with extended visits during 1999-2000
(12 months) and 2006-2007 (5 months). He has conducted research on elephant-human
conflict (Pachyderm 2005), a bird-wasp nesting association (Auk 2006), and the impact
of forest fragmentation on birds (Cons. Bio. 2002). In collaboration with Ghana
Wildlife Division, Ghana Forestry Division, and Nature Conservation Research Centre
of Ghana, he has helped establish two community-based wildlife sanctuaries. He is
currently studying habitat use by the vulnerable Bare-headed Rockfowl and helping
develop a bird-related tourism project in southwestern Ghana.
Since 2002, Dr. Beier has served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation
Biology, with over 11,000 members worldwide and Sections serving each continent.
His term as Secretary runs through 2008. He was instrumental in having the Society
adopt its first code of ethics and offset the greenhouse gas impacts of the Society's
B.A., Catholic University of America, 1973
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1988
Office: Building 82 - Room 239
Publications are listed at Google Scholar.
Other Resources and Endeavors
Conservation Biology and Wildlife Ecology Lab