I work to conserve ecological systems. My research ranges from quantifying the impacts of conservation actions to unraveling the complexities of species interactions and mapping where species are being discovered - and going extinct. I embrace the challenge of predicting outcomes for ecological communities under an increasingly uncertain environment, and unite robust ecological theory, social considerations, and innovative distributed data collection systems to achieve effective environmental conservation.
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I am a scientist in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences Group at Microsoft Research where I head our Conservation Science Research Unit - combining work on my three main interests of Science, Policy, and Tools & Technology.
I lead the CEES group's efforts at the interface between scientific research and policy implementation - applying our science and tools to help achieve international environmental goals. This is primarily through responsibilities as the scientific lead for Microsoft's partnership with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species where I serve on the IUCN Red List Committee and chair the Red List Informatics Working Group. I hold a formal appointment as the 'Advisor on Science and Innovation' to the United Nations Environmental Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) and serve as an advisor to the Global Environmental Facility as they formulate their ongoing biodiversity funding strategy. Nationally I serve on the Science Advisory Committee for Natural England, the UK government's advisor on the natural environment.
I jointly created and lead the Technology for Nature Unit, an initiative between Microsoft Research, the Zoological Society of London, and departments at University College London with a mission to rapidly scale up the global conservation response through technology innovations. I have a strong interest in distributed biodiversity data collection, serving as an advisor to the European Biodiversity Observation Network, and the citizen science platform iNaturalist.org.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and after graduation served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi. I completed my PhD in Ecology from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environmen. I am currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent's Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and an Honorary Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). In 2013 I received the Society for Conservation Biology's 'Early Career Award'.
Prior to joining Microsoft Research I was the co-founder of EarthAudit LLC, a company specialising in providing predictive information about the planet.
- Lucas Joppa, Piero Visconti, C.N. Jenkins, and S.L. Pimm, Achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Goals for Plant Conservation, in Science, vol. 341, pp. 1100-1103, American Association for the Advancement of Science, September 2013
- Eric L. Berlow, Roland A. Knapp, Steven M. Ostoja, Richard J. Williams, Heather McKenny, John R. Matchett, Qinghua Guo, Gary M. Fellers, Patrick Kleeman, Matthew L. Brooks, and Lucas Joppa, A Network Extension of Species Occupancy Models in a Patchy Environment Applied to the Yosemite Toad (
Anaxyrus canorus), in PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. e72200, Public Library of Science, August 2013
- Jenkins, Clinton N., Pimm, Stuart L., Joppa, and Lucas N., Global Patterns of Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2013
- Lucas N. Joppa, David Gavaghan, Richard Harper, Kenji Takeda, and Stephen Emmott, Optimizing Peer Review of Software Code - Response, in Science, vol. 341, pp. 236-237, 2013
- Joppa, L.N., Williams, and R, Modeling the Building Blocks of Biodiversity, in PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. e56277, 2013
- Lucas N Joppa, Greg McInerny, Richard Harper, Lara Salido, Kenji Takeda, Kenton O'Hara, David Gavaghan, and Stephen Emmott, Troubling Trends in Scientific Software Use, in Science, vol. 340, no. 6134, pp. 814–815, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013
- Bernardo BN Strassburg, Agnieszka E Latawiec, Anna Creed, Nga Nguyen, Gilla Sunnenberg, Lera Miles, Andrew Lovett, Lucas Joppa, Ralph Ashton, Jörn PW Scharlemann, and others, Biophysical suitability, economic pressure and land-cover change: a global probabilistic approach and insights for REDD+, in Sustainability Science, pp. 1–13, Springer Japan, 2013
- Kefi, S., Berlow, E., Wieters, E., Navarrete, S., Petchey, O., Wood, S., Boit, A., Joppa, L.N., Lafferty, K., Williams, R., Martinez, N., Menge, B., Blanchette, C., Iles, A., Brose, and U., Integrating non-feeding interactions into food webs, in Ecology Letters, 2012
- Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Pimm, and S.L., Taxonomy that matters: Response to Bacher, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2012
- Sheffers, B.R., Joppa, L.N., Pimm, S.L., Laurance, and W.F., What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2012
- Joppa, L.N., Hutton, and J., Trophy Lion Hunting in West Africa, in Biological Conservation, 2012
- Joppa and L.N., Population change in and around protected areas, in Ecological Anthropology, 2012
- Joppa and L.N., Ecosystem Services: Free lunch no more, in Science, 2012
- Hoffman, D., Fay, D., Joppa, and L.N., Human Migration to Park Edges: Case Studies Critique Findings from Global-level Statistical Analysis, in Conservation and Society, vol. In Press, 2011
- Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Myers, N., Pimm, and S.L., Biodiversity hotspots house the majority of missing species., in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011
- Forero-Medina, G., Joppa, L.N., Pimm, and S.L., Thermal tolerance, range expansion, and status of tropical amphibians: Reply to Catenazzi, in Conservation Biology, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 426-427, 2011
- Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Pimm, and S.L., The population ecology and social behaviour of taxonomists., in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2011
- Higgins, S.N., Vander Zanden, M.J, Joppa, L.N., and Vadeboncoeur Y., Simultaneous top-down and bottom up control of phytoplankton biomass in lakes: the role of invasive dreissenid mussels and phosphorus, in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol. In Press, 2011
- Lucas N. Joppa and Richard J. Williams, The influence of single elements on nested community structure, in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2011
- Joppa, L.N., Pfaff, and A., Re-assessing The Forest Impacts of Protection: The challenge of non-random location & a corrective method. , in Annual Review of Ecological Economics, vol. 1185, pp. 135-149, 2010
- Forero-Medina, G., Joppa, and L.N., Colombia's protected area network: representativeness of global and national conservation priorities, in PLoS ONE, vol. 5, no. 10, 2010
- Forero-Medina, G., Joppa, L.N., Pimm, and S.L., Constraints to elevational range shifts as climate changes, in Conservation Biology, pp. doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01572.x, 2010
- Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Pimm, and S.L., How Many Species of Flowering Plants Are There?, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, pp. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1004, 2010
- Pimm, S.L., Jenkins, C., Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D., Russell, and G., How many endangered species remain to be discovered in Brazil?, in Natureza & Conservação, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 71-77, 2010
- Joppa, L.N., Pfaff, and A., Global Protected Area Impacts, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, pp. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1713, 2010
- Joppa, L.N., Montoya, J., Sole, R., Sanderson, J., Pimm, and S.L., On nestedness in ecological networks, in Evolutionary and Ecology Research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 35-46, 2010
- Joppa, L.N., Loarie, S.R., Nelson, and A., Measuring population growth around tropical protected areas: current issues and solutions, in Tropical Conservation Science, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 117-121, 2010
- Joppa, L.N., Williams, C.K., Casper, G.S., Temple, and S.A., Environmental factors affecting sampling success of artificial cover objects, in Herpetological Conservation and Biology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 143-148, 2010
- Joppa and L.N., An ecologist calls for a citizen-science 'Wiki', in Nature, vol. 459, no. 4, pp. 619, 2009
- Jenkins, C., Joppa, and L.N., Expansion of the Global Protected Area System, in Biological Conservation, vol. 142, no. 10, pp. 2166-2174, 2009
- Jenkins, C., Joppa, and L.N., Considering protected area categories in conservation analyses., in Biological Conservation, vol. 143, no. 1, pp. 7-8, 2009
- Joppa, L.N., Loarie, S.R., Pimm, and S.L., On population growth near protected areas, in PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. e4279, 2009
- Joppa, L.N., Bascompte, J., Montoya, J., Sole, R., Sanderson, J., Pimm, and S.L., Reciprocal specialization does not structure ecological networks., in Ecology Letters, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 961-969, 2009
- Joppa, L.N., Pfaff, and A., High & Far: How the world's protected areas have avoided threat., in PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. e8273, 2009
- Loarie, S.R., Joppa, L.N., Pimm, and S.L., Satellites miss environmental priorities: A response to Loveland et al. and Kark et al. , in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 183-184, 2008
- Schick, R.S., Clark, J.S., Loarie, S.R., Colchero, F., Best, B.D., Boustany, A., Conde, D.A., Halpin, P.N., Joppa, L.N., McClellan, and C.M., Understanding movement data and movement processes: what is the state of the art?, in Ecology Letters, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 1138-1150, 2008
- Joppa, L.N., Loarie, S.R., Pimm, and S.L., On the protection of protected areas, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), vol. 105, no. 18, pp. 6673-6678, 2008
- Loarie, S.R., Joppa, L.N., Pimm, and S.L., Satellites miss environmental priorities., in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 630-632, 2007
- Vander Zanden, M.J., L.N. Joppa, B.C. Allen, S. Chandra, D. Gilroy, Z. Hogan, J.T. Maxted, and J. Zhu, Designating Hucho taimen fishery management zones in Mongolia based on simulation of spawning dates., in Ecological Applications, vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 2281-2289, 2007
- Joppa, L.N., Temple, and S.A., Use of upland habitat by the Butler's gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri)., in Chicago Herpetological Bulletin, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 221-227, 2005