Stuart Pimm

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Stuart Leonard Pimm
Born (1949-02-27) February 27, 1949 (age 68)[1]
Citizenship Naturalized U.S. citizen
Institutions Duke University
University of Oxford
New Mexico State University
Thesis Community Process and Structure (1974)
Doctoral advisor Ralph Raitt[2]
Doctoral students Marion Adeney[3]
German Forero[4]
Valerie Hickey[5]
Lucas Joppa[6]
Krithi K. Karanth[7]
Scott Loarie[8]
Mariana Vale[9][10][11]
Notable awards Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Heineken Prize
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
Spouse Julia Killeffer[1]

Stuart Leonard Pimm (born 27 February 1949) is an American-British biologist and theoretical ecologist specializing in scientific research of biodiversity and conservation biology.[12][13][14][15][16][17]


Pimm was born in Derbyshire, United Kingdom. He was educated at the University of Oxford and was awarded a PhD in Ecology from New Mexico State University in 1974.[2]


Pimm is currently Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.[18] He is an acknowledged authority in the field of conservation biology, recognized with several awards including the Heineken Prize[19] and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Pimm has collaborated with a wide range of other scientists, including Robert May,[20] Peter H. Raven, Joel E. Cohen, George Sugihara and Jared Diamond. His work has examined the mathematical properties of food webs and indicated that complex food webs should be less stable than simple food webs.[21]


Pimm is a prolific writer. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles,[1][22][23] including several in the scientific journals Nature[12][13][14] and Science[24][25][26]". He has published several books including, A Scientist Audits the Earth[27][28] and he has published articles in popular science publications such as Scientific American.[29] He is a regular contributor to the National Geographic blog.[30]


Pimm is a Master of Ecological Conservation with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.


  1. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae, Stuart L. Pimm" (PDF). Duke University. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b Pimm, Stuart (1974). Community Process and Structure (PhD thesis). New Mexico State University. 
  3. ^ Adeney, Marion (2009). Remote sensing of fire, flooding, and white sand ecosystems in the Amazon (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  4. ^ Forero, German (2012). Elevational Range Shifts Driven by Climate Change in Tropical Mountains: Assessment and Conservation Opportunities (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  5. ^ Hickey, Valerie (2009). A tale of three disciplines: Navigating the boundaries at the nexus of conservation science, policy and practice (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  6. ^ Joppa, Lucas (2009). Broad scale conservation: Protected areas and species interactions (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  7. ^ Karanth, Krithi (2008). Mammal diversity, persistence, and conservation in India (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  8. ^ Loarie, Scott (2008). Conserving moving species under changing landscapes and climates (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  9. ^ Vale, Mariana (2007). Avian distribution patterns and conservation in Amazonia (PhD thesis). Duke University. 
  10. ^ "Nicholas School Faculty: Stuart L. Pimm". Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Contributors - The Pimm Group". Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. 
  12. ^ a b Pimm, S. L.; Lawton, J. H.; Cohen, J. E. (1991). "Food web patterns and their consequences". Nature. 350 (6320): 669. doi:10.1038/350669a0. 
  13. ^ a b Pimm, S. L.; Raven, P. (2000). "Biodiversity. Extinction by numbers". Nature. 403 (6772): 843–845. PMID 10706267. doi:10.1038/35002708. 
  14. ^ a b Pimm, S. L. (1984). "The complexity and stability of ecosystems". Nature. 307 (5949): 321. doi:10.1038/307321a0. 
  15. ^ Pimm, Stuart L. (1991). The balance of nature?: ecological issues in the conservation of species and communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-66830-4. 
  16. ^ Pimm, S. L.; Jones, H. L.; Diamond, J. (1988). "On the Risk of Extinction". The American Naturalist. 132 (6): 757. doi:10.1086/284889. 
  17. ^ Brooks, T. M.; Pimm, S. L.; Oyugi, J. O. (1999). "Time Lag between Deforestation and Bird Extinction in Tropical Forest Fragments". Conservation Biology. 13 (5): 1140. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.1999.98341.x. 
  18. ^ "Nicholas School Faculty, Stuart L. Pimm". Duke University. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Heineken Prize Laureate, Stuart L. Pimm". Heineken Prize. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  20. ^ Sugihara, G.; Bersier, L. F.; Southwood, T. R.; Pimm, S. L.; May, R. M. (2003). "Predicted correspondence between species abundances and dendrograms of niche similarities". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 100 (9): 5246–5251. PMC 154330Freely accessible. PMID 12702773. doi:10.1073/pnas.0831096100. 
  21. ^ Pimm, Stuart L. (2002). Food webs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-66832-0. 
  22. ^ Stuart Pimm's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  23. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  24. ^ Pimm, S. L.; Russell, G. J.; Gittleman, J. L.; Brooks, T. M. (1995). "The Future of Biodiversity". Science. 269 (5222): 347–350. PMID 17841251. doi:10.1126/science.269.5222.347. 
  25. ^ Pimm, S. L.; Ayres, M.; Balmford, A.; Branch, G.; Brandon, K.; Brooks, T.; Bustamante, R.; Costanza, R.; Cowling, R.; Curran, L. M.; Dobson, A.; Farber, S.; Da Fonseca, G. A.; Gascon, C.; Kitching, R.; McNeely, J.; Lovejoy, T.; Mittermeier, R. A.; Myers, N.; Patz, J. A.; Raffle, B.; Rapport, D.; Raven, P.; Roberts, C.; Rodriguez, J. P.; Rylands, A. B.; Tucker, C.; Safina, C.; Samper, C.; Stiassny, M. L. (2001). "ENVIRONMENT: Can We Defy Nature's End?". Science. 293 (5538): 2207–2208. PMID 11567124. doi:10.1126/science.1061626. 
  26. ^ Pimm, S. L. (1998). "ECOLOGY: Planning for Biodiversity". Science. 279 (5359): 2068–2069. doi:10.1126/science.279.5359.2068. 
  27. ^ Pimm, Stuart L. (2004). A scientist audits the Earth. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-3540-9. 
  28. ^ "Pimm's Audit". American Scientist. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  29. ^ Pimm, S. L.; Jenkins, C. (2005). "Sustaining the variety of life". Scientific American. 293 (3): 66–73. PMID 16121856. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0905-66. (subscription required)
  30. ^ "Results tagged "Stuart Pimm" from NatGeo News Watch". NatGeo News Watch. Retrieved 2010-11-18.