Paul Beier, PhD

Paul Beier, PhD
  • Regents’ Professor of Conservation Biology
  • College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Subject-matter expertise

  • Wildlife corridors
  • Conservation planning
  • Community-based conservation
  • Strategies for wildlife conservation in a changing climate
  • Ecology of mammals and birds
  • Wildlife management


Paul Beier’s research addresses diverse topics in wildlife ecology and conservation. Much of his team’s current work focuses on design, implementation, and study of wildlife corridors. His team has launched a global study of 50 large wildlife corridors running through agricultural and urban lands to connect large parks; the project will reveal why some corridors are more effective than others. He is also developing strategies to conserve lands that will help wild animals survive during climate change; rather than attempting to use risky models, he proposes that geophysical diversity may provide an elegant shortcut to prioritize lands. He has studied mountain lions, bears, deer, northern goshawks, Mexican spotted owls, and forest birds.

Dr. Beier worked in Ghana during 1998-2008, conducting research on elephant-human conflict, a bird-wasp nesting association, and the impact of forest fragmentation on birds. In collaboration with Ghana Wildlife Division, Ghana Forestry Division, and Nature Conservation Research Centre of Ghana, he has helped establish three community-based wildlife sanctuaries, one focused on hippos, one on an elephant migratory corridor, and one on the Bare-headed Rockfowl. In 2010, Beier helped the kingdom of Bhutan develop a framework to implement corridors to connect all of the nation’s parks.

Since 2002, Dr. Beier has served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, with thousands of members on all continents. He was instrumental in having the Society offset the greenhouse gas impacts of the Society's operations, and was the main author of the Society’s code of ethics. He served as SCB President during 2011-2013.

Selected recent publications

*For a full list of research, please visit: Paul Beier’s Google Scholar page

Awards and recognitions

  • Fulbright Scholar, African Regional Research Program, 1999-2000 and 2006-7

Related activities

  • Recovery Team for the northern jaguar, Panthera onca, 2010-present
  • Society for Conservation Biology, Board of Governors: 2002-2015, President 2011-2013
  • Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (for the Secretary of Interior), May 2013-
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Wildlife Management, 2011-2013
  • Co-developer of CorridorDesign software (, a set of ArcGIS and ArcMap tools for design of wildlife corridors for multiple focal species.  
  • Science Advisory Council, Freedom to Roam.
  • President, Science & Collaboration for Wildlands (
  • Arizona Wildlife Linkage Workgroup
  • Ecology & Transportation Committee of the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies, October 2009-present
  • Science Committee, Western Governors Association’s Wildlife Corridors Initiative, a multi-state effort to improve management for wildlife corridors and crucial habitat


B.A., Catholic University of America, 1973 
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1985 
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1988

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