Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Ecosystem Services and Conservation

Stanford scientists

Renewable Plastic From Carbon dioxide and Plants »

March 9, 2016

New technology developed by Stanford scientists could provide a green alternative to petroleum-based plastic bottles and other polyester products.

By Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy

plantations and a natural temperate forest

Deforestation Solution »

February 29, 2016

Collaborative efforts between companies and environmentalists to reduce deforestation more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs developed by either industry or...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

California’s Ecosystems: The Definitive Guide »

February 17, 2016

Stanford researchers contribute to major overview of California natural resources

By Rob Jordan

Fragmented forests in Myanmar

World Forest Carbon Stocks Overestimated »

December 18, 2015

Researchers with The Natural Capital Project show how fragmentation harms forests' ability to store carbon; more restoration is needed to reconnect forest patches.

By Stacey Solie, Stanford News Service

Student Osama El-Gabalawy interviews a farmer from Hollister, California, for an interactive map project on the effects of climate change

Interactive Tool Tells Story of Global Change »

December 16, 2015

Using first-person narratives, Stanford undergraduate students have created an interactive tool that shows how forces of global environmental change are manifested locally throughout...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Native Hawaiian fellows with sing a traditional song as part of the First Nations’ Futures Institute opening ceremony.

Stanford-Based Program Trains Indigenous Leaders »

December 15, 2015

First Nations’ Futures Institute celebrates 10 years of preparing young trailblazers to tackle environmental, economic, social and cultural challenges in their communities.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A still from trailer for "Tomorrow" documentary

Tomorrow: Solution Stories »

December 1, 2015

New documentary inspired by paper co-authored by Woods senior fellow shows way forward on environmental challenges

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Offshore wind turbines

In the Line of Sight: Wind Energy Breakthrough »

November 4, 2015

Research highlights a breakthrough in the way wind power projects are sited, by modeling both viewshed data and wind power. The findings could save years of time and millions of dollars...

By Stacey Solie, Natural Capital Project

An elephant grazes

Loss of Large Land Mammals Could Change Landscapes Forever »

October 26, 2015

As large mammals disappear, the ecosystems they inhabit change permanently, according to a study co-authored by a Woods senior fellow

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley

Making a Living, Sustainably »

October 19, 2015

Stanford initiative reconciles perceived conflicts between human prosperity and protection of natural resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Zachary Brown in kayak

A Trek on the Edge of Wilderness »

October 16, 2015

Zachary Brown defends his thesis, then travels 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the...

By Ker Than and Bjorn Carey, Stanford School of Earthy, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Yellow cedars show dieback in a stand south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Climate Change Requires New Conservation Models »

October 15, 2015

In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, Stanford scientists say that conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of...

By Ker Than, Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Endangered jaguar, one of the animals featured in new book co-auhthored by Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich

The Annihilation of Nature »

September 21, 2015

New book co-authored by famed biologist Paul Ehrlich details extinction threat to animal species around the world.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Spider monkey eating

A Unified Model of Food Webs »

August 20, 2015

New mathematical model allows ecologists to view all food-web interactions through the same lens

U.S. Geological Survey

New Conservation Strategy Benefits People and Nature »

August 17, 2015

Stanford biologists working in Costa Rica outline an approach to habitat conservation that achieves diverse objectives

By Paige Miller

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

New U.S. policies can discourage trophy hunting, Stanford expert says »

August 3, 2015

Stanford legal scholar David J. Hayes says that the American government and policymakers can take measures to help reduce sport hunting of endangered wildlife populations around the world...

By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford Report

Moving shrimp to river test site in Senegal, West Africa

A Natural Solution to Spread of Deadly Disease  »

July 20, 2015

Stanford researchers find the humble river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, is effective at curbing spread of Schistosomiasis in West Africa; larger initiative on...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Marijuana's Environmental Impacts »

July 10, 2015

Researchers link cultivation to environmental damage in California; call for greater regulation

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

White shark near paddleboarder off Huntinghton Beach, Calif.

Shark Attack Risk Way Down »

July 9, 2015

Stanford-led study shows that individual shark attack risk on California coast has dropped by more than 91 percent since 1950; suggests ways to promote safe ocean-going behavior while...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment