Reed Noss, Ph.D.


Reed Noss, Ph.D.
Reed Noss
SPICE (Science and Planning In Conservation Ecology) lab, University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
City, State, ZIP
Orlando, Florida 32816-2369
[email protected]
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Noss utilized his Pew Fellowship to conduct regional conservation planning efforts including research, writing and teaching, primarily through The Wildlands Project until 1996. His 1995 book, Saving Nature's Legacy: Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity, won the Natural Resources Council of America's Annual Conservation Publication Award. During his fellowship, Reed also did substantial editorial work for Conservation Biology and as science editor of Wild Earth, a journal closely affiliated with The Wildlands Project. In addition, Reed oversaw development of the Klamath/Siskiyou Biodiversity Conservation Plan, for which he was the principal investigator.


Reed Noss applies conservation biology principles to real-world problems in land conservation. His primary interest is regional conservation planning. That is, the application of science to conservation planning and management at a regional scale. He focuses on long-term maintenance of biodiversity over centuries and millennia.

From 1993 through 1997, Reed was editor of Conservation Biology, the premier journal in the field. He has published more than 140 scientific papers and several books on conservation biology. Reed was the director of The Wildlands Project until 1996, when he left to launch the Conservation Biology Institute.


University of Central Florida



Ph.D., University of Florida
1988: Wildlife Ecology, Florida, USA

Master of Science, University of Florida
1979: Ecology, Florida, USA

Bachelor of Science, University of Dayton
1975: Biology and Health Education, Ohio, USA


Defenders of Wildlife, Committee on Ecosystem Management

Oregon Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, Board

World Wildlife Fund, Advisory Committee on Habitat Conservation Plans
past Member


Annual Conservation Publication Award
1995: Natural Resources Council of America

Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award
1995: Society for Conservation Biology

Marine Fellow
1993: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment

Environmental Publication Award
1988: National Wildlife Federation

President's Recognition Award
1987: University of Florida

Annual Research Award
1986: Alachua Audubon Society

American Museum of Natural History Annual Research Award
1986: American Museum of Natural History

Annual Research Award
1986: American Ornithologists' Union

Annual Research Award
1985: Florida Ornithological Society


American Institute of Biological Sciences

Ecological Society of America

The Natural Areas Association

Society for Conservation Biology

Society for Ecological Restoration and Management


  • Dodson, Andy, Katherine Ralls, Mercedes Foster, Michael E. Soulé, Daniel Simberloff, Dan Doak, James A. Estes, L. Scott Mills, David Mattson, Rodolfo Dirzo, Héctor Arita, Sadie Ryan, Elliott A. Norse, Reed F. Noss and David Johns. 1999. Connectivity: Maintaining flows in fragmented landscapes. (Michael E. Souléand John Terborgh, editors eds.). Island Press, Washington, DC. (129-171 pp)
  • Noss, R.F. (ed.) 1999. The Redwood Forest; History, Ecology, and Conservation of the Coast Redwoods. Island Press, Washington, DC
  • Noss, R.F., M.A. O'Connell and D.D. Murphy. 1997. The Science of Conservation Planning: Habitat Conservation under the Endangered Species Act. World Wildlife Fund and Island Press, Washington, DC
  • Noss, R.F. 1996. Ecosystems as conservation targets. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 11:351
  • Noss, R.F. 1996. Protected areas: How much is enough? In: National Parks and Protected Areas (R.G. Wright ed.). Blackwell, Cambridge, MA, p. 91-120
  • Noss, R.F. 1996. The naturalists are dying off. Conservation Biology 10:1-3
  • Noss, R.F., H.B. Quigley, M.G. Hornocker, T. Merrill and P. Paquet. 1996. Conservation biology and carnivore conservation. Conservation Biology 10:949-963
  • Noss, R.F., E.T. LaRoe and J.M. Scott. 1995. Endangered Ecosystems of the United States: A Preliminary Assessment of Loss and Degradation. In: Biological Report 28. USDI National Biological Service, Washington, D.C.
  • Noss, R.F. and A. Cooperrider. 1994. Saving Nature's Legacy: Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity. Defenders of Wildlife and Island Press, Washington, D.C.
  • P. and R.F. Noss. (in press). Do habitat corridors provide connectivity? Conservation Biology
  • Noss, R.F. (in press). Assessing and monitoring forest biodiversity: A suggested framework and indicators. Forest Ecology and Management

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