We live at the intersection of two unprecedented ages. The first is of information and ubiquitous computing. The second is the Anthropocene – a new geological age characterized by exponentially negative and rapid impacts of human activities on earth’s nature systems. I leverage the architecture of the information age to counter the Anthropocene.
I am a scientist at Microsoft Research where I work on computational techniques for monitoring, modeling, and managing earth's natural environments. In 2015 I co-founded the Nature + Computing group, a diverse collection of scientists drawn from Microsoft Research who develop and apply the tools of data science to scientific data and whose research interests are focused on the study of nature.
I am committed to using the tools of computer science to tackle some of the hardest challenges in environmental sustainability, including conserving biodiversity, ensuring robust food systems, and mitigating climate change. I lead Microsoft Research’s engagements on environmental sustainability, and my work includes aspects of what makes Microsoft Research so special - from artificial intelligence and machine learning to software and hardware development.
Advisory Roles, Partnerships, Fellowships, Awards
I developed and lead Microsoft's partnership with the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, serving on the IUCN Red List Committee and chairing the Red List Informatics Working Group. I am the 'Advisor on Science and Innovation' at the United Nations Environmental Program - World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC), and, through the Ecological Society of America, am a member of the US steering committee for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Previously I served on the scientific advisory boards for the European Biodiversity Observation Network, the Global Environmental Facility, and for Natural England.
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', and in 2015 shared their 'Lifetime Achievement Award' with all the past and present members of the IUCN Red List Committee.
I co-founded the Technology for Nature initiative, an early online effort with a mission to rapidly scale up the global conservation response through technology innovations and have been involved in many subsequent efforts to do just that.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed my PhD in Ecology from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and am a former Peace Corps volunteer (Malawi).
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Troubling Trends in the Use of Scientific Software (Science Magazine podcast, starts at 00:13:00)
Beware the Black Box of Scientific Software (Scientific Computing Magazine)
Protect a sixth of the land, protect two thirds of the species (The Conversation)
Electronic Eyes in the Wild (Rolex Awards)
A Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40 (link takes you to book download)
Catching up with... (UW Madison CALS Magazine)
Microsoft Media Coverage
Microsoft News Center - Research predictions for 2016 and 2026
Microsoft News Center - Conservation in the Cloud
Microsoft Fire Hose - Royal Visit
Microsoft Fire Hose - Aichi Targets
Microsoft Enterprise Insights - Mapping Endangered Species
Science @ Microsoft - How many species?
Inside Microsoft Research - MSR Luminaries
Inside Microsoft Research - Royal Society
Inside Microsoft Research - Aichi Targets
Inside Microsoft Research - Animal Tracking
Inside Microsoft Research - IUCN Partnership
- Matthew J. Smith, Drew W. Purves, Lucas N. Joppa, Stephen Emmott, Vassily Lyutsarev, Christopher Bishop, Paul I. Palmer, Ben Calderhead, and Mark Vanderwel, Exposing variation in climate change risk assessment, AGU, 6 October 2015.
- Matthew J. Smith, Sadia E. Ahmed, Drew W. Purves, Stephen Emmott, Lucas N. Joppa, Silvia Caldararu, Piero Visconti, and Tim Newbold, Enabling joined-up decision making with geotemporal information , AGU, 6 October 2015.
- Senjuti Basu Roy, Sihem Amer-Yahia, and Lucas Joppa, ECCO-A Framework for Ecological Data Collection and Management Involving Human Workers, in Extending Database Technology, March 2015.
- Piero Visconti, Michel Bakkenes, Daniele Baisero, Thomas Brooks, Stuart HM Butchart, Lucas Joppa, Rob Alkemade, Moreno Di Marco, Luca Santini, Michael Hoffmann, and others, Projecting global biodiversity indicators under future development scenarios, in Conservation Letters, March 2015.
- Sebastián Martinuzzi, Volker C Radeloff, Lucas N Joppa, Christopher M Hamilton, David P Helmers, Andrew J Plantinga, and David J Lewis, Scenarios of future land use change around United States' protected areas, in Biological Conservation, vol. 184, pp. 446–455, Elsevier, March 2015.
- Stuart L Pimm and Lucas N Joppa, How Many Plant Species are There, Where are They, and at What Rate are They Going Extinct?, in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 100, no. 3, pp. 170–176, March 2015.
- Sonia Kéfi, Eric L Berlow, Evie A Wieters, Lucas N Joppa, Spencer A Wood, Ulrich Brose, and Sergio A Navarrete, Network structure beyond food webs: mapping non-trophic and trophic interactions on Chilean rocky shores, in Ecology, vol. 96, no. 1, pp. 291–303, Ecological Society of America, March 2015.
- Sadia E Ahmed, Greg McInerny, Kenton O'Hara, Richard Harper, Lara Salido, Stephen Emmott, and Lucas N Joppa, Scientists and software–surveying the species distribution modelling community, in Diversity and Distributions, February 2015.
- Stuart HM Butchart, Martin Clarke, Robert J Smith, Rachel E Sykes, Jörn PW Scharlemann, Mike Harfoot, Graeme M Buchanan, Ariadne Angulo, Andrew Balmford, Bastian Bertzky, others, and lucas joppa, Shortfalls and solutions for meeting national and global conservation area targets, in Conservation Letters, February 2015.
- Jurriaan M De Vos, Lucas N Joppa, John L Gittleman, Patrick R Stephens, and Stuart L Pimm, Estimating the normal background rate of species extinction, in Conservation Biology, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 452–462, January 2015.
- Stuart L Pimm, Sky Alibhai, Richard Bergl, Alex Dehgan, Chandra Giri, Zoë Jewell, Lucas Joppa, Roland Kays, and Scott Loarie, Emerging Technologies to Conserve Biodiversity, in Trends in ecology & evolution, vol. 30, no. 11, pp. 685–696, Elsevier Current Trends, January 2015.
- Lucas N Joppa, Stuart HM Butchart, Michael Hoffmann, Steve P Bachman, H Resit Akçakaya, Justin F Moat, Monika Böhm, Robert A Holland, Adrian Newton, Beth Polidoro, and others, Impact of alternative metrics on estimates of extent of occurrence for extinction risk assessment, in Conservation Biology, January 2015.
- John R Matchett, Philip B Stark, Steven M Ostoja, Roland A Knapp, Heather C McKenny, Matthew L Brooks, William T Langford, Lucas N Joppa, and Eric L Berlow, Detecting the influence of rare stressors on rare species in Yosemite National Park using a novel stratified permutation test, in Scientific reports, vol. 5, Nature Publishing Group, January 2015.
- Lucas N Joppa, Technology for nature conservation: An industry perspective, in Ambio, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 522–526, Springer Netherlands, January 2015.
- Piero Visconti, Michel Bakkenes, Robert J Smith, Lucas Joppa, and Rachel E Sykes, Socio-economic and ecological impacts of global protected area expansion plans, in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, vol. 370, no. 1681, pp. 20140284, The Royal Society, January 2015.
- sadia ahmed, Greg McInerny, Kenton O'Hara, Richard Harper, Lara Salido, Stephen Emmott, and Lucas Joppa, Scientists and software – surveying the species distribution modelling community, in Diversity and Distributions, Wiley, January 2015.
- Matthew J. Smith, Stephen Emmott, Drew W. Purves, Lucas N. Joppa, and Vassily Lyutsarev, Joined-up Planetary Information, in the Cloud and on Devices, 15 December 2014.
- Piero Visconti and Lucas Joppa, Building robust conservation plans, in Conservation Biology, October 2014.
- Jonas Geldman, Lucas N Joppa, and Neil Burgess, Mapping Change in Pressure Globally on Land and within Protected Areas, in Conservaton Biology, July 2014.
- Miguel Lurgi, Nuria Galiana, Bernat C López, Lucas Joppa, and Jose M Montoya, Network complexity and species traits mediate the effects of biological invasions on dynamic food webs, in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 2, pp. 36, July 2014.
- Sean Sloan, Clinton N Jenkins, Lucas N Joppa, David LA Gaveau, and William F Laurance, Remaining natural vegetation in the global biodiversity hotspots, in Biological Conservation, vol. 177, pp. 12–24, Elsevier, July 2014.
- Mindy M Syfert, Lucas N Joppa, Matthew J Smith, David A Coomes, Steven P Bachman, and Neil A Brummitt, Using species distribution models to inform IUCN Red List assessments, in Biological Conservation, Elsevier, June 2014.
- Matthew J. Smith, Paul I. Palmer, Drew W. Purves, Mark C. Vanderwel, Vassily Lyutsarev, Ben Calderhead, Lucas N. Joppa, Christopher M. Bishop, and Stephen Emmott, Changing how Earth System Modelling is done to provide more useful information for decision making, science and society., in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, American Meteorological Society, February 2014.
- SL Pimm, CN Jenkins, R Abell, TM Brooks, JL Gittleman, LN Joppa, PH Raven, CM Roberts, and JO Sexton, The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection, in Science, vol. 344, no. 6187, pp. 1246752, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014.
- Akiko Haruna, Alexander Pfaff, Sander van den Ende, and Lucas Joppa, Evolving protected-area impacts in Panama: impact shifts show that plans require anticipation, in Environmental Research Letters, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 035007, IOP Publishing, 2014.
- Tim Newbold, Jörn PW Scharlemann, Stuart HM Butchart, Ça\ugan H Şekercio\uglu, Lucas Joppa, Rob Alkemade, and Drew W Purves, Functional traits, land-use change and the structure of present and future bird communities in tropical forests, in Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2014.
- Mark J Costello, Brett Houlding, and Lucas N Joppa, Further evidence of more taxonomists discovering new species, and that most species have been named: response to Bebber et al.(2014), in New Phytologist, vol. 202, no. 3, pp. 739–740, 2014.
- Smith, M.J., Joppa, L., Purves, D., Vanderwel, M., Lyutsarev, V., Emmott, and S., The financial value of uncertainty in terrestrial carbon, American Geophysical Union, 9 December 2013.
- 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.
- 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, May 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.
- 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.
- L.N. Joppa and R Williams, Modeling the Building Blocks of Biodiversity, in PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. e56277, 2013.
- Clinton N. Jenkins, Stuart L. Pimm, and Lucas N. Joppa, Global Patterns of Terrestrial Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2013.
- Lucas Joppa, Piero Visconti, Clinton Jenkins, and Stuart Pimm, Achieving the convention on biological diversity’s goals for plant conservation, in Science, 2013.
- L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, and S.L. Pimm, Taxonomy that matters: Response to Bacher, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 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.
- L.N. Joppa and J. Hutton, Trophy Lion Hunting in West Africa, in Biological Conservation, 2012.
- S. Kefi, E. Berlow, E. Wieters, S. Navarrete, O. Petchey, S. Wood, A. Boit, L.N. Joppa, K. Lafferty, R. Williams, N. Martinez, B. Menge, C. Blanchette, A. Iles, and U. Brose, Integrating non-feeding interactions into food webs, in Ecology Letters, 2012.
- B.R. Sheffers, L.N. Joppa, S.L. Pimm, and W.F. Laurance, What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity, in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2012.
- D. Hoffman, D. Fay, and L.N. Joppa, Human Migration to Park Edges: Case Studies Critique Findings from Global-level Statistical Analysis, in Conservation and Society, vol. In Press, 2011.
- S.N. Higgins, M.J Vander Zanden, L.N. Joppa, 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.
- L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, N. Myers, and S.L. Pimm, Biodiversity hotspots house the majority of missing species., in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011.
- Lucas N. Joppa and Richard J. Williams, The influence of single elements on nested community structure, in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2011.
- G. Forero-Medina, L.N. Joppa, and S.L. Pimm, Thermal tolerance, range expansion, and status of tropical amphibians: Reply to Catenazzi, in Conservation Biology, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 426-427, 2011.
- L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, and S.L. Pimm, The population ecology and social behaviour of taxonomists., in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2011.
- L.N. Joppa and A. Pfaff, 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.
- L.N. Joppa, S.R. Loarie, and A. Nelson, Measuring population growth around tropical protected areas: current issues and solutions, in Tropical Conservation Science, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 117-121, 2010.
- L.N. Joppa and A. Pfaff, Global Protected Area Impacts, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, pp. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1713, 2010.
- S.L. Pimm, C. Jenkins, L.N. Joppa, D. Roberts, and G. Russell, How many endangered species remain to be discovered in Brazil?, in Natureza & Conservação, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 71-77, 2010.
- L.N. Joppa, J. Montoya, R. Sole, J. Sanderson, and S.L. Pimm, On nestedness in ecological networks, in Evolutionary and Ecology Research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 35-46, 2010.
- G. Forero-Medina and L.N. Joppa, Colombia's protected area network: representativeness of global and national conservation priorities, in PLoS ONE, vol. 5, no. 10, 2010.
- L.N. Joppa, C.K. Williams, G.S. Casper, and S.A. Temple, Environmental factors affecting sampling success of artificial cover objects, in Herpetological Conservation and Biology, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 143-148, 2010.
- G. Forero-Medina, L.N. Joppa, and S.L. Pimm, Constraints to elevational range shifts as climate changes, in Conservation Biology, pp. doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01572.x, 2010.
- L.N. Joppa, D.L. Roberts, and S.L. Pimm, How Many Species of Flowering Plants Are There?, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society B, pp. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1004, 2010.
- L.N. Joppa and A. Pfaff, High & Far: How the world's protected areas have avoided threat., in PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. e8273, 2009.
- Joppa and L.N., An ecologist calls for a citizen-science 'Wiki', in Nature, vol. 459, no. 4, pp. 619, 2009.
- L.N. Joppa, J. Bascompte, J. Montoya, R. Sole, J. Sanderson, and S.L. Pimm, Reciprocal specialization does not structure ecological networks., in Ecology Letters, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 961-969, 2009.
- C. Jenkins and L.N. Joppa, Considering protected area categories in conservation analyses., in Biological Conservation, vol. 143, no. 1, pp. 7-8, 2009.
- L.N. Joppa, S.R. Loarie, and S.L. Pimm, On population growth near protected areas, in PLoS ONE, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. e4279, 2009.
- C. Jenkins and L.N. Joppa, Expansion of the Global Protected Area System, in Biological Conservation, vol. 142, no. 10, pp. 2166-2174, 2009.
- R.S. Schick, J.S. Clark, S.R. Loarie, F. Colchero, B.D. Best, A. Boustany, D.A. Conde, P.N. Halpin, L.N. Joppa, and C.M. McClellan, Understanding movement data and movement processes: what is the state of the art?, in Ecology Letters, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 1138-1150, 2008.
- L.N. Joppa, S.R. Loarie, and S.L. Pimm, On the protection of protected areas, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), vol. 105, no. 18, pp. 6673-6678, 2008.
- S.R. Loarie, L.N. Joppa, and S.L. Pimm, 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.
- M.J. Vander Zanden, 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.
- S.R. Loarie, L.N. Joppa, and S.L. Pimm, Satellites miss environmental priorities., in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 630-632, 2007.
- L.N. Joppa and S.A. Temple, Use of upland habitat by the Butler's gartersnake (Thamnophis butleri)., in Chicago Herpetological Bulletin, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 221-227, 2005.