Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Ecosystem Services and Conservation

oil palm fruit

Limited Scope of Corporate Sustainability »

February 12, 2018

The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Deforestation in Australia's Toolangi State Forest.

Getting to Zero Deforestation »

January 29, 2018

Stanford-led synthesis paper reveals strengths and weaknesses of corporate environmental pledges; prescribes solutions to boost effectiveness.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Leafy green vegetables are produced in a growing facility in Western Cape Province, South Africa.

Food Retailer’s Sustainability Program Drives Farmers’ Environmental Practices »

January 9, 2018

In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, Stanford researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of...

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Mikael Wolfe

History Lessons on Environmental Technology »

January 9, 2018

A Stanford historian argues that our sense of the past and present is more comprehensive when nature and technology are viewed as interdependent rather than in opposition. He applied...

By Alex Shashkevich, Stanford News Service

New Research at AGU 2017 »

December 8, 2017

Woods fellows, affiliates, students, and researchers join scientists from across the nation and the world at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Hal Mooney

A ‘Big Picture’ Ecologist: Hal Mooney  »

November 2, 2017

Stanford ecologist Hal Mooney was 18-years-old and taking a break from working as a “mess boy” aboard a Norwegian cargo ship when inspiration struck.

By Christine Black

Environmental Work Earns Gretchen Daily the Blue Planet Prize »

October 19, 2017

Woods Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily is collecting the Blue Planet Prize in Tokyo for her work promoting practical conservation by revealing the value of nature to human well-being and...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

A white-lipped peccary

Animal Diversity Plays Important Role in Carbon Cycle »

October 9, 2017

With abundant data on plants, large animals and their activity, and carbon soil levels in the Amazon, Stanford-led research suggests that large animal diversity influences carbon...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Stanford student Victoria Mendez visiting an organic dairy farm as part of her work on agricultural conservation easements for the California Department of Conservation.

Connecting Local Knowledge with Environmental Policy »

October 4, 2017

Stanford undergraduates gain hands-on experience with environmental policy work through unique internship program at California state agencies.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Ant Algorithm »

October 3, 2017

Observing ants in the trees of a tropical forest, Professor Deborah Gordon recorded how, without a plan, the ants make and maintain their networks – and how they repair the network...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Gretchen Daily speaks at Climate One event

Aligning Profits with the Planet »

September 26, 2017

Stanford researcher featured in discussion on valuing benefits from nature.

By Joanna Nurmis, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

rescuer in boat in Houston flooding

Stanford Experts on Hurricane Harvey Impacts »

September 1, 2017

Stanford experts comment on how climate change and infrastructure planning contribute to the severity of impacts from extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

wind turbines

Collaboration Meets Innovation »

July 19, 2017

Stanford funding kickstarts research aimed at developing a range of transformative environmental solutions.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bornean gibbon

Prelude to Global Extinction »

July 10, 2017

Biologists say disappearance of species tells only part of the story of human impact on Earth’s animals. The first such global evaluation finds more than 30 percent of all vertebrates...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Biologist Awarded $450,000 Prize for Contributing to Global Environmental Solutions »

June 14, 2017

Gretchen Daily honored with Blue Planet Prize for her work to harmonize people and nature.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Book ‘Ecosystems of California’ wins California Book Award »

May 24, 2017

The book and its editors, Harold Mooney, professor of biology at Stanford University, and Erika Zavaleta, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, will be...

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New Ways to Communicate About Risk and Resiliency »

May 15, 2017

Artists, scientists and engineers meet to explore disaster and climate risk through interactive learning and collaborative creation. 

By Andrea Fisher, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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A Better Way to Predict Environmental Impacts »

April 21, 2017

Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists at Stanford, the University of Minnesota and Unilever have found a way to better...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Jim Leape

Stanford Woods Institute Announces William and Eva Price Senior Fellowship »

April 19, 2017

Stanford Woods Institute Advisory Council member William "Bill" Price and his wife Eva are dedicated supporters of interdisciplinary environmental research, with a particular passion...

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An oil palm nursery and research facility in Cameroon.

Forests at Risk as Agriculture Expands in Africa »

April 4, 2017

Multinational companies are increasingly looking to Africa to expand production of in-demand commodity crops such as soy and oil palm. A first-of-its-kind study highlights the real...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment