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 700 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
  • Marca?Zevallos M, Moulatlet G, Sousa T, Schietti J, Coelho L, Ramos J, Lima Filho D, Amaral I, de Almeida Matos F, Rincón L, Cardenas Revilla J, Pansonato M, Gribel R, Barbosa E, Miranda I, Bonates L, Guevara J, Salomão R, Ferreira L, Dantas do Amaral D, Pitman N, Vriesendorp C, Baker T, Brienen R, Carim M, Guimarães J, Núñez Vargas P, Huamantupa?Chuquimaco I, Laurance W, Laurance S, Andrade A, Camargo J, Monteagudo Mendoza A, Vásquez R, Valenzuela Gamarra L, Mogollón H, Marimon?Junior B, Marimon B, Killeen T, Farias E, Neill D, de Medeiros M, Simon M, Terborgh J, Carlos Montero J, Licona J, Mostacedo B, García?Villacorta R, Araujo?Murakami A, Arroyo L, Villarroel D, Dávila N, Coelho de Souza F, Carvalho F, Comiskey J, Alonso A, Dallmeier F, Oliveira A, Castilho C, Lloyd J, Feldpausch T, Ríos Paredes M, Castaño Arboleda N, Cárdenas López D, Aymard Corredor G, Di Fiore A, Rudas A, Prieto A, Barbosa F, Noronha J, Rodrigues D, Carpanedo R, Honorio Coronado E, Peres C, Milliken W, Fuentes A, Tello J, Cerón C, Klitgaard B, Tirado M, Sierra R, Young K, Rivas?Torres G, Stevenson P, Cano A, Wang O, Baider C, Barlow J, Ferreira J, Berenguer E, Stropp J, Balslev H, Ahuite Reategui M, Mesones I, Valderrama Sandoval E, Gonzales T, Pansini S, Reis N, Sampaio A, Vos V, Palacios Cuenca W, Manzatto A, Farfan?Rios W, Silman M, Garcia?Cabrera K, von Hildebrand P, Guedes M, Costa J, Phillips J, Vela C, de Toledo J, Pauletto D, Valverde F, Umaña M, Phillips O, Magnusson W, Ter Steege H and Costa F (in press) Local hydrological conditions influence tree diversity and composition across the Amazon basin. Ecography,
  • Timmers R, van Kuijk M, Verweij P, Ghazoul J, Hautiner Y, Laurance W, Arriaga-Weiss S, Askins R, Battisti C, Berg A, Daily G, Estades C, Frank B, Kurosawa R, Pojar R, Woinarski J and Soons M (2022) Conservation of birds in fragmented landscapes requires protected areas. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 20 (6). pp. 361-369
  • Timmers R, van Kuijk M, Verweij P, Ghazoul J, Hautier Y, Laurance W, Arriaga-Weiss S, Askins R, Battisti C, Berg Å, Daily G, Estades C, Frank B, Kurosawa R, Pojar R, Woinarski J and Soons M (in press) Conservation of birds in fragmented landscapes requires protected areas. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,
  • Barnard P, Moomaw W, Fioramonti L, Laurance W, Mahmoud M, O'sullivan J, Rapley C, Rees W, Rhodes C, Ripple W, Semiletov I, Talberth J, Tucker C, Wysham D and Ziervogel G (2021) World scientists' warnings into action, local to global. Science Progress, 104 (4). pp. 1-32
  • Draper F, Costa F, Arellano G, Phillips O, Duque A, Macía M, Ter Steege H, Asner G, Berenguer E, Schietti J, Socolar J, de Souza F, Dexter K, Jørgensen P, Tello J, Magnusson W, Baker T, Castilho C, Monteagudo-Mendoza A, Fine P, Ruokolainen K, Coronado E, Aymard G, Dávila N, Sáenz M, Paredes M, Engel J, Fortunel C, Paine C, Goret J, Dourdain A, Petronelli P, Allie E, Andino J, Brienen R, Pérez L, Manzatto Â, Zambrana N, Molino J, Sabatier D, Chave J, Fauset S, Villacorta R, Réjou-Méchain M, Berry P, Melgaço K, Feldpausch T, Sandoval E, Martinez R, Mesones I, Junqueira A, Roucoux K, de Toledo J, Andrade A, Camargo J, del Aguila Pasquel J, Santana F, Laurance W, Laurance S, Lovejoy T, Comiskey J, Galbraith D, Kalamandeen M, Aguilar G, Arenas J, Guerra C, Flores M, Llampazo G, Montenegro L, Gomez R, Pansonato M, Moscoso V, Vleminckx J, Barrantes O, Duivenvoorden J, de Sousa S, Arroyo L, Perdiz R, Cravo J, Marimon B, Junior B, Carvalho F, Damasco G, Disney M, Vital M, Diaz P, Vicentini A, Nascimento H, Higuchi N, Van Andel T, Malhi Y, Ribeiro S, Terborgh J, Thomas R, Dallmeier F, Prieto A, Hilário R, Salomão R, Silva R, Casas L, Vieira I, Araujo-Murakami A, Arevalo F, Ramírez-Angulo H, Torre E, Peñuela M, Killeen T, Pardo G, Jimenez-Rojas E, Castro W, Cabrera D, Pipoly J, de Sousa T, Silvera M, Vos V, Neill D, Vargas P, Vela D, Aragão L, Umetsu R, Sierra R, Wang O, Young K, Prestes N, Massi K, Huaymacari J, Gutierrez G, Aldana A, Alexiades M, Baccaro F, Céron C, Muelbert A, Rios J, Lima A, Lloyd J, Pitman N, Gamarra L, Oroche C, Fuentes A, Palacios W, Patiño S, Torres-Lezama A and Baraloto C (2021) Amazon tree dominance across forest strata. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5. pp. 757-767
  • Engert J, Ishida F and Laurance W (2021) Rerouting a major Indonesian mining road to spare nature and reduce development costs. Conservation Science and Practice, 3 (11).
  • ForestPlots.net et al. , [Bird M, [Laurance S, [Laurance W and [Ishida F (2021) Taking the pulse of Earth's tropical forests using networks of highly distributed plots. Biological Conservation, 260.
  • Katovai E, Katovai D, Campbell M, Laurance S, Edwards W and Laurance W (2021) Structural recovery of logged forests in the Solomon Islands: implications for conservation and management. Tropical Conservation Science, 14.
  • Pardo L, Edwards W, Campbell M, Gómez-Valencia B, Clements G and Laurance W (2021) Effects of oil palm and human presence on activity patterns of terrestrial mammals in the Colombian Llanos. Mammalian Biology, 101. pp. 775-789
  • 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).
  • 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.
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Limiting Environmental Impacts While Optimizing Benefits of Rapid Road Expansion in the Asia-Pacific Region

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$2,728,362 over 3 years
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.
Bill Laurance (College of Science & Engineering)
Infrastructure; Deforestation; Roads; Asia-Pacific Region; Agriculture; Land-use Planning

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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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