Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Bing Professor in Human Biology
Humanities and Sciences
Osa and Golfito Initiative
Public Health, Sustainable Development
William Durham is a human ecologist who focuses on indigenous resource management, human health, and conservation issues in the tropics. His current research efforts are focused on (1) environmental causes of emerging infectious diseases in tropical areas, (2) conservation tradeoffs in the Galapagos Islands, and (3) ecotourism as a means to poverty alleviation and self-determination among indigenous and local peoples. He is the Stanford Director of the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (CESD).
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Bill Durham, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow lead a Stanford group exploring tensions between conservation and development in the Galapagos Islands. The group witnessed how the Galapagos have been heavily effected by humans, and analyzed efforts to preserve and restore endangered flora and fauna.