Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


border wall with javelinas

Over the Borderline »

July 24, 2018

Stanford biologists discuss border region's unique natural ecosystems and a continuous barrier’s potential ecological damage.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Tourists watch dolphins in Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, a rare tropical fjord estuary inthe Osa-Golfito region of Costa Rica. The inlet opens to the Pacific Ocean.

Moving Closer to Sustainability Goals  »

March 14, 2018

Appointment of new co-director brings marine focus and expanded reach for initiative in Costa Rica.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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 stocks and contributes to climate change...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

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 have declining populations....

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

black rhinoceros

As Big Animals Disappear, So Do Benefits They Offer Humans »

July 27, 2016

Woods Senior Fellow Rodolfo Dirzo (Biology) is one of dozens of researchers urging action toward the conservation of large mammals that provide substantial biologic and economic values. “We must not go quietly into this...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Even Protected Rainforest Areas Under Stress from Human Activity »

June 20, 2016

The effects of deforestation and hunting are imperiling the world’s richest repositories of biodiversity.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Rodolfo Dirzo

Woods Fellow to Receive Volunteer Service Prize »

May 20, 2016

The Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize recognizes Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to society.

By Colleen Schwartzcoffey, Stanford News Service

The threatened African elephant

A World Without Big Plant-Eating Animals »

May 1, 2015

Stanford researcher and team of ecologists predict “enormous ecological, social and economic costs” from loss of large herbivores; offer solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Marking a Decade of Cross-Cutting Collaboration »

November 13, 2014

Woods anniversary symposium reflects on progress made and challenges ahead for Stanford researchers seeking environmental solutions 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Elephants and other large animals face an increased risk of extinction in what Stanford Biology Professor Rodolfo Dirzo terms "defaunation."

Biologist Warns of Mass Extinction's Early Stages »

July 24, 2014

Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Professor Rodolfo Dirzo (Biology) and his colleagues warn that "defaunation" could have harmful downstream effects on human health.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solís talks with program participants

Costa Rica President Visits Future Environmental Leaders »

June 24, 2014

Solis meets with participants in new leadership program co-developed by INOGO

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Gray climbing mouse

Large Animals Help Prevent Disease in Humans »

May 1, 2014

By temporarily removing large mammals from an ecosystem, Stanford scientists discovered that populations of disease-carrying rodents grew unchecked, increasing the risk of transmitting deadly pathogens...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Azteca ant on laurel tree

Stressed-Out Trees Recruit Ant Defenders »

November 6, 2013

Study reveals evidence that resource-poor conditions lead to stronger mutually beneficial behavior such as parched tropical forest trees excreting sweet substance to attract leaf-protecting ants 

By Jim Erickson, University of Michigan

Engaging China on Climate »

June 10, 2013

Climate statement co-written by Stanford Woods Institute senior fellows makes its way to Chinese President

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

48 Stanford Scientists Sign Global Environmental Consensus Statement »

May 23, 2013

California Governor accepts document endorsed by 520 scientists from 44 countries.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment