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Professor of Resources, Environment and Sustainability and Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia

Claire Kremen is an ecologist and applied conservation biologist working on how to reconcile agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation. She teaches at University of British Columbia in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Before coming to UBC, she held faculty appointments first at Princeton University and then at University of California, Berkeley, where she was also founding co-Faculty Director for the Center for Diversified Farming Systems and the Berkeley Food Institute. Prior to those appointments, she worked for over a decade for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Xerces Society, designing protected area networks and conducting biodiversity research in Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot. Her work both then and now strives to develop practical conservation solutions while adding fundamentally to biodiversity science. She is Field Chief Editor for Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, and, since 2014, has been noted as a highly-cited researcher (Thomson-Reuters’ “World’s Most Influential Minds”/Clarivate Analytics).


  • 2019–2020
    Professor, UBC
  • 2005–2018
    Professor, UC Berkeley
  • 2001–2005
    Assistant Professor, Princeton University


President's Excellence Chair In Biodiversity, Volvo Environment Prize Laureate (2020)