Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

Spider monkey eating

A Unified Model of Food Webs »

August 20, 2015

New mathematical model allows ecologists to view all food-web interactions through the same lens

U.S. Geological Survey

The western black-legged tick

Surprising Level of Tick-Borne Disease Risk »

August 19, 2015

Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New Approach to Bird Conservation Benefits People and Nature »

August 17, 2015

Using this approach, Stanford researchers find that preserving small patches of tropical forest in farming landscapes could help achieve a broad set of conservation goals

By Paige Miller

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

New U.S. policies can discourage trophy hunting, Stanford expert says »

August 3, 2015

Stanford legal scholar David J. Hayes says that the American government and policymakers can take measures to help reduce sport hunting of endangered wildlife populations around the world...

By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford Report

Climate Change: Reaching the Three-Degree Threshold »

July 23, 2015

Earth could reach a 3°C temperature rise from preindustrial levels in as little as 30 years; researchers say stronger mitigation needed.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fracking operation in Pennsylvania

Shallow Fracking Raises Questions for Water »

July 21, 2015

Stanford scientist's investigations show that drinking water sources may be threatened by thousands of shallow oil and gas wells mined with the controversial process of hydraulic...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Moving shrimp to river test site in Senegal, West Africa

A Natural Solution to Spread of Deadly Disease  »

July 20, 2015

Stanford researchers find the humble river prawn, a natural predator of parasite-carrying snails, is effective at curbing spread of Schistosomiasis in West Africa; larger initiative on...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Marijuana's Environmental Impacts »

July 10, 2015

Researchers link cultivation to environmental damage in California; call for greater regulation

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

White shark near paddleboarder off Huntinghton Beach, Calif.

Shark Attack Risk Way Down »

July 9, 2015

Stanford-led study shows that individual shark attack risk on California coast has dropped by more than 91 percent since 1950; suggests ways to promote safe ocean-going behavior while...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Protecting the Deep Sea: A Call for Balancing Mining and Ecosystem Protection »

July 8, 2015

Researchers propose a strategy for balancing commercial extraction of deep-sea resources with protection of diverse seabed habitats. 

By Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

Bringing Natural Capital into the Mainstream »

July 6, 2015

Speakers at DC panel discussion on ecosystem services say we have the science to account for the value of nature – now we need to bring it into practice  

By Paige Miller, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Walker at a natural area near Stanford's campus

Mental Health Rx: Nature »

June 30, 2015

Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits, and may reduce risk of depression

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Rescuers searching for flood victims in Kingfisher, Okla.

Isolating the Underlying Causes of Extreme Weather »

June 29, 2015

Recent trends in atmospheric circulation found to play key role in extreme weather such as heatwaves, droughts and storms.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Researchers Pursue Environmental Solutions »

June 25, 2015

Stanford Woods Institute announces 2015 Environmental Venture Projects and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program grants

Drought Increases Spread of HIV in Africa »

June 24, 2015

When the rains fail in sub-Saharan Africa, some farmers try to make up for lost income through sex work. This, in turn, can increase local HIV infection rates by more than 10 percent...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Oil palm plantation in Indonesia.

Toward More Sustainable Palm Oil »

June 23, 2015

Teams including Woods researchers awarded grants to explore sustainable palm oil supply chains and other potential environmental solutions

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Mass Extinction is Here »

June 22, 2015

Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Aerial view of deforested section of Amazon forest

Agriculture and Deforestation: How to Reduce Impacts »

June 18, 2015

Researchers find that agricultural expansion along forest edges is much less damaging than within intact forest 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Planting mangroves for coastal protection in Placencia, Belize

How Valuing Nature is Transforming Decisions »

June 16, 2015

New studies by Natural Capital Project researchers show impact of factoring nature into economic and development decisions

By Stacey Solie, Natural Capital Project

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