Meet the Team
John Wiens, Ph.D.
Climate Change and Quantitative Ecology
I grew up in Oklahoma as an avid birdwatcher. This led to degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Ph.D.). With this training under my belt, I joined the faculty of Oregon State University and, subsequently, the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, where I was a Professor of Ecology and University Distinguished Professor. I am currently a Winthrop Research Professor at the University of Western Australia, where I collaborate with colleagues on restoration ecology, and hold a Courtesy Faculty appointment in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, where I collaborate in the area of landscape ecology. My work, which has emphasized landscape ecology and the ecology of birds, has led to over 250 scientific papers and 10 books.
I left academia in 2002 to join The Nature Conservancy as a Lead Scientist, with the challenge of putting years of classroom teaching and academic research into conservation practice in the real world. In 2008, I “downsized” by joining PRBO Conservation Science as Chief Conservation Science Officer.
At Point Blue, my aim is to help the science staff and leadership build on the long-standing work of PRBO on bird populations to address the broad issue of conservation in a rapidly changing world – climate-smart conservation. Climate change is affecting the distributions of many species, economic globalization is altering local and regional land uses, and the increasing demand for the goods and services provided by natural systems is changing the ways in which people relate to nature. I'm working with Point Blue staff and partners to develop guidance for assessing how landscapes are likely to change and how management practices can help to mitigate or adapt to the changes.
I've recently edited or co-edited two books of note:
Wiens, J.A., G.D. Hayward, H.D. Safford, and C.M. Giffen (Eds.). 2012. Historical environmental variation in conservation and natural resource management. Wiley-Blackwell. 337 pp. (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1444337920,subjectCd-EN10.html)
Wiens, J.A. (Ed.) 2013. Oil in the Environment. Legacies and Lessons of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Cambridge University Press. 458 pp. (http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/life-sciences/natural-resource-management-agriculture-horticulture-and/oil-environment-legacies-and-lessons-exxon-valdez-oil-spill)