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 Environment. 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.
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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)
- Trade-offs and decision making
- Conservation mapping
- Distribution Modeller: Environmental Modelling at the Speed of Thought
- Conservation at Microsoft
- Protecting Biodiversity
- Global Ecosystem Function
- A Network Approach to Understanding and Managing Meadows in Yosemite National Park
- Structure and Dynamics of Complex Ecological Networks
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- L.N. Joppa and R Williams, Modeling the Building Blocks of Biodiversity, in PLoS ONE, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. e56277, 2013.
- Lucas Joppa, Piero Visconti, Clinton Jenkins, and Stuart Pimm, Achieving the convention on biological diversity’s goals for plant conservation, in 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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., Ecosystem Services: Free lunch no more, in Science, 2012.
- Joppa and L.N., Population change in and around protected areas, in Ecological Anthropology, 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.
- Lucas N. Joppa and Richard J. Williams, The influence of single elements on nested community structure, in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2011.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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, 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.
- 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 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.
- 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, 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, Expansion of the Global Protected Area System, in Biological Conservation, vol. 142, no. 10, pp. 2166-2174, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.