About

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, and holds an Australian Laureate Fellowship, one of Australia’s highest scientific awards. He also holds the Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation at Utrecht University, Netherlands. 

Laurance received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.  His research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, hunting and wildfires, on tropical forests and their biodiversity.  He is also interested in protected areas, climatic change, the impacts of roads and other infrastructure on biodiversity, and conservation policy.  His research over the past 35 years spans the tropical world, including the Amazon, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.  To date he has published eight books and over 400 scientific and popular articles. 

A leading voice for conservation, Laurance believes that scientists must actively engage policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. 

Laurance has received many scientific honors including the BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award, a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Heineken Environment Prize.  He is also founder and director of ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers, a group that advocates for environmental sustainability.

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Journal Articles
  • Alamgir M, Campbell M, Sloan S, Engert J, Word J and Laurance W (2020) Emerging challenges for sustainable development and forest conservation in Sarawak, Borneo. PLoS ONE, 15 (3), Article: e0229614, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0229614.
  • Esquivel-Muelbert A, Phillips O, Brienen R, Fauset S, Sullivan M, Baker T, Chao K, Feldpausch T, Gloor E, Higuchi N, Houwing-Duistermaat J, Lloyd J, Liu H, Malhi Y, Marimon B, Marimon Junior B, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Poorter L, Silveira M, Vilanova Torre E, Alvarez Davila E, del Aguila Pasquel J, Almeida E, Alvarez Loayza P, Andrade A, Aragão L, Araujo-Murakami A, Arets E, Arroyo L, Aymard C. G, Baisie M, Baraloto C, Camargo P, Barroso J, Blanc L, Bonal D, Bongers F, Boot R, Brown F, Burban B, Camargo J, Castro W, Moscoso V, Chave J, Comiskey J, Valverde F, Lola da Costa A, Cardozo N, Di Fiore A, Dourdain A, Erwin T, Llampazo G, Guimaraes Veira I, Herrera R, Honorio Coronado E, Huamantupa-Chuquimaco I, Jimenez-Rojas E, Killeen T, Laurance S, Laurance W, Levesley A, Lewis S, Ladvocat K, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Lovejoy T, Meir P, Mendoza C, Morandi P, Neill D, Lima A, Núñez Vargas P, De Oliveira E, Pallqui Camacho N, Pardo G, Peacock J, Pena-Claros M, Peñuela-Mora M, Pickavance G, Pipoly J, Pittman N, Prieto A, Pugh T, Quesada C, Ramírez-Angulo H, Reis S, Rejou-Machain M, Restrepo Correa Z, Rodriguez Bayona L, Rudas A, Salomão R, Serrano J, Silva Espejo J, Silva N, Singh J, Stahl C, Stropp J, Swamy V, Talbot J, ter Steege H, Terborgh J, Thomas R, Toledo M, Torres-lezama A, Gamarra L, van der Heijden G, van der Meer P, van der Hout P, Martinez R, Vieira S, Cayo J, Vos V, Zagt R, Zuidema P and Galbraith D (2020) Tree mode of death and mortality risk factors across Amazon forests. Nature Communications, 11, Article: 5515, DOI:10.1038/s41467-020-18996-3.
  • Grantham H, Duncan A, Evans T, Jones K, Beyer H, Schuster R, Walston J, Ray J, Robinson J, Callow M, Clements T, Costa H, DeGemmis A, Elsen P, Ervin J, Franco P, Goldman E, Goetz S, Hansen A, Hofsvang E, Jantz P, Jupiter S, Kang A, Langhammer P, Laurance W, Lieberman S, Linkie M, Malhi Y, Maxwell S, Mendez M, Mittermeier R, Murray N, Possingham H, Radachowsky J, Saatchi S, Samper C, Silverman J, Shapiro A, Strassburg B, Stevens T, Stokes E, Taylor R, Tear T, Tizard R, Venter O, Visconti P, Wang S and Watson J (2020) Anthropogenic modification of forests means only 40% of remaining forests have high ecosystem integrity. Nature Communications, 11, Article: 5978, DOI:10.1038/s41467-020-19493-3.
  • Grantham H, Duncan A, Evans T, Jones K, Beyer H, Schuster R, Walston J, Ray J, Robinson J, Callow M, Clement T, Costa H, DeGemmis A, Elsen P, Ervin J, Franco P, Goldman E, Goetz S, Hansen A, Hofsvang E, Jantz P, Jupiter S, Kang A, Langhammer P, Laurance W, Lieberman S, Linkie M, Malhi Y, Maxwell S, Mendez M, Mittermeier R, Murray N, Possingham H, Radachowsky J, Saatchi S, Samper C, Silverman J, Shapiro A, Strassburg B, Stevens T, Stokes E, Taylor R, Tear T, Tizard R, Venter O and Visconti P (2020) Modification of forests by people means only 40% of remaining forests have high ecosystem integrity. Nature Communications, 11, Article: 5978, DOI:10.1038/s41467-020-19493-3.
  • Mahmoud M, Campbell M, Sloan S, Alamgir M and Laurance W (2020) Land-cover change threatens tropical forests and biodiversity in the Littoral Region, Cameroon. Oryx, 54 (6), pp. 882-891, DOI:10.1017/S0030605318000881.
  • Muscarella R, Emilio T, Phillips O, Lewis S, Slik F, Baker W, Couvreur T, Eiserhardt W, Svenning J, Affum?Baffoe K, Aiba S, Almeida E, Almeida S, Oliveira E, Álvarez?Dávila E, Alves L, Alvez?Valles C, Carvalho F, Guarin F, Andrade A, Aragão L, Murakami A, Arroyo L, Ashton P, Corredor G, Baker T, Camargo P, Barlow J, Bastin J, Bengone N, Berenguer E, Berry N, Blanc L, Böhning?Gaese K, Bonal D, Bongers F, Bradford M, Brambach F, Brearley F, Brewer S, Camargo J, Campbell D, Castilho C, Castro W, Catchpole D, Cerón Martínez C, Chen S, Chhang P, Cho P, Chutipong W, Clark C, Collins M, Comiskey J, Medina M, Costa F, Culmsee H, David?Higuita H, Davidar P, Aguila?Pasquel J, Derroire G, Di Fiore A, Van Do T, Doucet J, Dourdain A, Drake D, Ensslin A, Erwin T, Ewango C, Ewers R, Fauset S, Feldpausch T, Ferreira J, Ferreira L, Fischer M, Franklin J, Fredriksson G, Gillespie T, Gilpin M, Gonmadje C, Gunatilleke A, Hakeem K, Hall J, Hamer K, Harris D, Harrison R, Hector A, Hemp A, Herault B, Pizango C, Coronado E, Hubau W, Hussain M, Ibrahim F, Imai N, Joly C, Joseph S, K A, Kartawinata K, Kassi J, Killeen T, Kitayama K, Klitgård B, Kooyman R, Labrière N, Larney E, Laumonier Y, Laurance S, Laurance W, Lawes M, Levesley A, Lisingo J, Lovejoy T, Lovett J, Lu X, Lykke A, Magnusson W, Mahayani N, Malhi Y, Mansor A, Peña J, Marimon?Junior B, Marshall A, Melgaco K, Bautista C, Mihindou V, Millet J, Milliken W, Mohandass D, Mendoza A, Mugerwa B, Nagamasu H, Nagy L, Seuaturien N, Nascimento M, Neill D, Neto L, Nilus R, Vargas M, Nurtjahya E, Araújo R, Onrizal O, Palacios W, Palacios?Ramos S, Parren M, Paudel E, Morandi P, Pennington R, Pickavance G, Pipoly J, Pitman N, Poedjirahajoe E, Poorter L, Poulsen J, Rama Chandra Prasad P, Prieto A, Puyravaud J, Qie L, Quesada C, Ramírez?Angulo H, Razafimahaimodison J, Reitsma J, Requena?Rojas E, Correa Z, Rodriguez C, Roopsind A, Rovero F, Rozak A, Lleras A, Rutishauser E, Rutten G, Punchi?Manage R, Salomão R, Van Sam H, Sarker S, Satdichanh M, Schietti J, Schmitt C, Marimon B, Senbeta F, Nath Sharma L, Sheil D, Sierra R, Silva?Espejo J, Silveira M, Sonké B, Steininger M, Steinmetz R, Stévart T, Sukumar R, Sultana A, Sunderland T, Suresh H, Tang J, Tanner E, Steege H, Terborgh J, Theilade I, Timberlake J, Torres?Lezama A, Umunay P, Uriarte M, Gamarra L, Bult M, Hout P, Martinez R, Vieira I, Vieira S, Vilanova E, Cayo J, Wang O, Webb C, Webb E, White L, Whitfeld T, Wich S, Willcock S, Wiser S, Young K, Zakaria R, Zang R, Zartman C, Zo?Bi I, Balslev H and McGeoch M (2020) The global abundance of tree palms. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29 (9), pp. 1495-1514, DOI:10.1111/geb.13123.
  • Riggs R, Langston J, Sayer J, Sloan S and Laurance W (2020) Learning from local perceptions for strategic road development in Cambodia's protected forests. Tropical Conservation Science, 13, pp. 1-16, DOI:10.1177/1940082920903183.
  • Rozendaal D, Phillips O, Lewis S, Affum-baffoe K, Alvares-Davila E, Andrade A, Aragão L, Araujo-murakami A, Baker T, Banki O, Brienen R, Camargo J, Comiskey J, Djuikouo Kamdem M, Fauset S, Feldpausch T, Killeen T, Laurance W, Laurance S, Lovejoy T, Malhi Y, Marimon B, Marimon Junior B, Marshall A, Neill D, Núñez Vargas P, Pitman N, Poorter L, Reitsma J, Silveira M, Sonké B, Sunderland T, Taedoumg H, Ter Steege H, Terborgh J, Umetsu R, van DerHeuden G, Vilanova E, Vos V, White L, Willcock S, Zemagho L and Vanderwel M (2020) Competition influences tree growth, but not mortality, across environmental gradients in Amazonia and tropical Africa. Ecology, 101 (7), Article: e3052, DOI:10.1002/ecy.3052.
  • Sullivan M, Lewis S, Affum-baffoe K, Castilho C, Costa F, Sanchez A, Ewango C, Hubau W, Marimon B, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Qie L, Sonké B, Vasquez Martinez R, Baker T, Brienen R, Feldpausch T, Galbraith D, Gloor M, Malhi Y, Aiba S, Alexiades M, Almeida E, de Oliveira E, Alvarez Davila E, Loayza P, Andrade A, Vieira S, Aragão L, Araujo-murakami A, Arets E, Arroyo L, Ashton P, Aymard G, Baccaro F, Banin L, Baraloto C, Camargo P, Barlow J, Barroso J, Bastin J, Batterman S, Beeckman H, Begne S, Bennett A, Berenguer E, Berry N, Blanc L, Boeckx P, Bogaert J, Bonal D, Bongers F, Bradford M, Brearley F, Brncic T, Brown F, Burban B, Camargo J, Castro W, Ceron C, Ribeiro S, Moscoso V, Chave J, Chezeaux E, Clark C, de Souza F, Collins M, Comiskey J, Cornejo Valverde F, Corrales Medina M, da Costa L, Dancak M, Dargie G, Davies S, Davila Cardozo N, de Haulleville T, de Medeiros M, del Aguila Pasquel J, Derroire G, Di Fiore A, Doucet J, Dourdain A, Droissart V, Fernanda Duque L, Ekoungoulou R, Elias F, Erwin T, Esquivel-Muelbert A, Fauset S, Ferreira J, Flores Llampazo G, Foli E, Ford A, Gilpin M, Hall J, Hamer K, Hamilton A, Harris D, Hart T, Hedl R, Herault B, Herrera R, Higuchi N, Hladik A, Honorio Coronado E, Huamantupa-chuquimaco I, Huaraca Huasco W, Jeffery K, Jimenez-Rojas E, Kalamandeen M, Djuikouo M, Kearsley E, Umetsu R, Kho L, Killeen T, Kitayama K, Klitgaard B, Koch A, Labriere N, Laurance W, Laurance S, Leal M, Levesley A, Lima A, Lisingo J, Lopes A, López-gonzález G, Lovejoy T, Lovett J, Lowe R, Magnusson W, Malumbres-Olarte J, Manzatto A, Marimon B, Marshall A, Marthews T, de Almeida Reis S, Maycock C, Melgaco K, Mendoza C, Metali F, Mihindou V, Milliken W, Mitchard E, Morandi P, Mossman H, Nagy L, Nascimento H, Neill D, Nilus R, Núñez Vargas P, Palacios W, Camacho N, Peacock J, Pendry C, Penuela Mora M, Pickavance G, Pipoly J, Pitman N, Playfair M, Poorter L, Poulsen J, Poulsen A, Preziosi R, Prieto A, Primack R, Ramírez-angulo H, Reitsma J, Rejou-Mechain M, Restrepo Correa Z, de Sousa T, Rodriguez Bayona L, Roopsind A, Rudas A, Rutishauser E, Abu Salim K, Salomão R, Schietti J, Sheil D, Silva R, Silva Espejo J, Valeria C, Silveira M, Simo-Droissart M, Simon M, Singh J, Soto Shareva Y, Stahl C, Stropp J, Sukri R, Sunderland T, Svatek M, Swaine M, Swamy V, Taedoumg H, Talbot J, Taplin J, Taylor D, ter Steege H, Terborgh J, Thomas R, Thomas S, Torres-Lezama A, Umunay P, Valenzuela Gamarra L, Van Der Heijden G, van der Hout P, Van Der Meer P, van Nieuwstadt M, Verbeeck H, Vernimmen R, Vicentini A, Guimaraes Vieira I, Torre E, Vleminckx J, Vos V, Wang O, White L, Willcock S, Woods J, Wortel V, Young K, Zagt R, Zemagho L, Zuidema P, Zwerts J and Phillips O (2020) Long-term thermal sensitivity of Earth's tropical forests. Science, 368 (6493), pp. 869-874, DOI:10.1126/science.aaw7578.
  • ter Steege H, Prado P, Lima R, Pos E, de Souza Coelho L, de Andrade Lima Filho D, Salomão R, Amaral I, de Almeida Matos F, Castilho C, Phillips O, Guevara J, de Jesus Veiga Carim M, Cárdenas López D, Magnusson W, Wittmann F, Martins M, Sabatier D, Irume M, da Silva Guimarães J, Molino J, Banki O, Piedade M, Pitman N, Ramos J, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Venticinque E, Luize B, Núñez Vargas P, Silva T, de Leão Novo E, Reis N, Terborgh J, Manzatto A, Casula K, Honorio Coronado E, Montero J, Duque A, Costa F, Castaño Arboleda N, Schöngart J, Zartman C, Killeen T, Marimon B, Marimon-Junior B, Vásquez R, Mostacedo B, Demarchi L, Feldpausch T, Engel J, Petronelli P, Baraloto C, Assis R, Castellanos H, Simon M, de Medeiros M, Quaresma A, Laurance S, Rincón L, Andrade A, Sousa T, Camargo J, Schietti J, Laurance W, de Queiroz H, Nascimento H, Lopes M, de Sousa Farias E, Magalhães J, Brienen R, Aymard C. G, Revilla J, Vieira I, Cintra B, Stevenson P, Feitosa Y, Duivenvoorden J, Mogollón H, Araujo-Murakami A, Ferreira L, Lozada J, Comiskey J, de Toledo J, Damasco G, Dávila N, Lopes A, Garcia-Villacorta R, Draper F, Vicentini A, Cornejo Valverde F, Lloyd J, Gomes V, Neill D, Alonso A, Dallmeier F, de Souza F, Gribel R, Arroyo L, Carvalho F, de Aguiar D, do Amaral D, Pansonato M, Feeley K, Berenguer E, Fine P, Guedes M, Barlow J, Ferreira J, Villa B, Peñuela Mora M, Jiménez E, Licona J, Cerón C, Thomas R, Maas P, Silveira M, Henkel T, Stropp J, Paredes M, Dexter K, Daly D, Baker T, Huamantupa-Chuquimaco I, Milliken W, Pennington T, Tello J, Pena J, Peres C, Klitgaard B, Fuentes A, Silman M, Di Fiore A, von Hildebrand P, Chave J, van Andel T, Hilário R, Phillips J, Rivas-Torres G, Noronha J, Prieto A, Gonzales T, de Sá Carpanedo R, Gonzales G, Gómez R, de Jesus Rodrigues D, Zent E, Ruschell A, Vos V, Fonty É, Junqueira A, Doza H, Hoffman B, Zent S, Barbosa E, Malhi Y, de Matos Bonates L, de Andrade Miranda I, Silva N, Barbosa F, Vela C, Pinto L, Rudas A, Albuquerque B, Umaña M, Carrero Márquez Y, van der Heijden G, Young K, Tirado M, Correa D, Sierra R, Costa J, Rocha M, Vilanova Torre E, Wang O, Oliveira A, Kalamandeen M, Vriesendorp C, Ramírez-angulo H, Holmgren M, Nascimento M, Galbraith D, Flores B, Scudeller V, Cano A, Ahuite Reategui M, Mesones I, Baider C, Mendoza C, Zagt R, Urrego Giraldo L, Ferreira C, Villarroel D, Linares-Palomino R, Farfan W, Farfan-Rios W, Casas L, Cárdenas S, Balslev H, Torres-Lezama A, Alexiades M, Garcia-Cabrera K, Valenzuela Gamarra L, Valderrama Sandoval E, Ramirez Arevalo F, Hernandez L, Sampaio A, Pansini S, Palacios Cuenca W, de Oliveira E, Pauletto D, Levesley A, Melgaço K and Pickavance G (2020) Biased-corrected richness estimates for the Amazonian tree flora. Scientific Reports, 10, Article: 10130, DOI:10.1038/s41598-020-66686-3.
  • Alamgir M, Sloan S, Campbell M, Engert J, Kiele R, Porolak G, Mutton T, Brenier A, Ibisch P and Laurance W (2019) Infrastructure expansion challenges sustainable development in Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE, 14 (7), Article: e0219408, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0219408.
  • Alamgir M, Campbell M, Sloan S, Suhardiman A, Supriatna J and Laurance W (2019) High-risk infrastructure projects pose imminent threats to forests in Indonesian Borneo. Scientific Reports, 9, Article: 140, pp. 1-10, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-36594-8.
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Limiting Environmental Impacts While Optimizing Benefits of Rapid Road Expansion in the Asia-Pacific Region

Indicative Funding
$2,728,362 over 3 years
Summary
We will assess the impacts of roads and other infrastructure on terrestrial ecosystems of the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on rapidly developing frontier areas in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Key goals will include devising land-use planning models to reduce environmental costs, maximise economic benefits, and predict the impacts of new roads and infrastructure on the environment. We will work actively with local partners and stakeholders, and engage in a variety of outreach and dissemination activities, to promote more sustainable infrastructure development in our environmentally critical study area.
Investigators
Bill Laurance (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Infrastructure; Deforestation; Roads; Asia-Pacific Region; Agriculture; Land-use Planning

Arcus Foundation - Arcus Foundation Grant

Great Apes Habitats African Infrastructure Project

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$327,890 over 3 years
Summary
We will explore strategies to predict (using spatial analysis techniques) the environmental impacts of several major 'development corridors? on key ape and wildlife habitats in equatorial Africa. This work will be followed by liaison with decision makers, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the relevant African nations, in an effort to reduce and mitigate the impacts of the development corridors on wildlife. A key goal will be to promote the re-routing of corridors that would bisect important protected areas and the creation of new protected areas or buffer zones to guard key wildlife habitats or migration routes.
Investigators
Bill Laurance (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Arfrican Apes; Development Corridors; Protected Areas; Deforestation; Infrastructure; Roads
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  • Predicting and Limiting Future Land Cover change due to Infrastructure Expansion in the Tropics (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
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