Paul Beier, PhD
- Regents’ Professor of Conservation Biology
- College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural
for wildlife conservation in a changing climate
of mammals and birds
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.
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.
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
- Graves, T, P Beier, and JA Royle. 2013. Current approaches using genetic distances produce poor estimates of landscape resistance to inter-individual dispersal. Molecular Ecology
- Beier, P. 2012. Conceptualizing and designing corridors for climate change. Ecological Restoration 30:312-319.
- Noss, R. F., A Dobson, R Baldwin, P Beier, C
Davis, D Dellasala, J Francis, H Locke, K Nowak, et al. 2012. Bolder
Thinking for Conservation. Conservation Biology,
- Beier, P., Spencer, W., Baldwin, R. F. and McRae, B. H.
(2011), Toward Best Practices for Developing Regional Connectivity Maps. Conservation Biology,
- Beier, P., and B. Brost. 2010. Use of land facets in planning for climate change: conserving the arenas not the actors.Conservation Biology 24:701-710.
- McRae, BH, and P Beier. 2008. Circuit theory predicts gene flow in plant and animal populations. Proceedings National Academy
of Sciences 104:19885-19890.
*For a full list of
research, please visit: Paul Beier’s Google Scholar page
Awards and recognitions
Scholar, African Regional Research Program, 1999-2000 and 2006-7
Team for the northern jaguar, Panthera
for Conservation Biology, Board of Governors: 2002-2015, President 2011-2013
Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (for the Secretary of
Interior), May 2013-
Editor, Journal of Wildlife Management, 2011-2013
of CorridorDesign software (www.corridordesign.org), a set of ArcGIS and ArcMap
tools for design of wildlife corridors for multiple focal species.
Advisory Council, Freedom to Roam.
Science & Collaboration for Wildlands (www.scwildlands.org)
Wildlife Linkage Workgroup
& Transportation Committee of the Transportation Research Board of The
National Academies, October 2009-present
Committee, Western Governors Association’s Wildlife Corridors Initiative, a multi-state effort to improve
management for wildlife corridors and crucial habitat
Catholic University of America, 1973
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1988