Claire Kremen is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate Conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Her primary interest is to use biological, social and economic data to develop conservation plans that benefit both the environment and people. Within conservation biology, she has studied a wide array of topics, including the economics and ecology of ecosystem services, sustainable forestry, ecology and biogeography of tropical butterflies, population biology of lemurs, and ecological monitoring. Her work reaches from theory to practice and includes hands-on conservation action. From 1993 –1997, she designed and helped to establish Madagascar’s largest National Park on the Masoala Peninsula. Her research since 199 has examined the functional links between the spatial distribution of wildlands, the composition of wild bee communities, farm management practices, and the delivery of pollination services to agriculture in California, and now includes similar studies in New Jersey. She is leading a working group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara that is using models and meta-analysis to predict how to restore pollination services in degraded landscapes, and is a member of a National Academy of Sciences study on the status of pollinators in North America. She is also working with a variety of organizations in Madagascar to establish a national conservation-planning tool by accumulating data on species occurrences, developing predictive models of species distributions, and conducting conservation analyses. She taught Conservation Biology as an Assistant Professor at Princeton University from 2001-2005, and continues to teach related topics now that she is at U C Berkeley.
She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University in 1987 as an NSF and James B. Duke Fellow, and her B.Sc. in Biology from Stanford University in 1982. She is a scientific advisor for several conservation organizations and sits on the Editorial Board of Conservation Biology. She is a 2001 recipient of the McDonnell 21st Century Research Award.
In September 2007, Dr. Kremen was named a 2007 MacArthur Fellow.
Selected publications since 2000:
Kremen C. and R. Ostfeld. 2005. A call to ecologists: measuring, analyzing and managing ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology: 3 (10): 540-548
Kremen, C. 2005. Managing for ecosystem services: what do we need to know about their ecology? Ecology Letters, 8:468-479.
Larsen, T. H., N. M. Williams and C.Kremen. 2005. Extinction order and altered community structure rapidly disrupt ecosystem functioning. Ecology Letters, 8:538-547.
Balvanera, P., C. Kremen and M. Martinez. 2005. Applying community structure analysis to ecosystem function: examples from pollination and carbon storage. Ecological Applications, 15:360-375.
Kremen, C.,N. M. Williams, R. L. Bugg, J. P. Fay and R. W. Thorp. 2004. The area requirements of an ecosystem service: crop pollination by native bee communities in California. Ecology Letters, 7:1109-1119.
Kremen, C. , Lees, D. C. and J. Fay. 2003. Butterflies and conservation planning in Madagascar: from pattern to practice. Pp 517-540 In Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight: Butterflies as Model Systems (C. L.Boggs, W. B. Watt, and P. R. Ehrlich, Eds.). University of Chicago Press.
Kremen,N. M. Williams, and R. W. Thorp. 2002. Crop pollination from native bees at risk from agricultural intensification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 99:16812-16816.
Kremen,Niles, J., Dalton, M., Daily, G., Ehrlich, P., Fay, P., Grewal, D. and R. P. Guillery. 2000. Economic incentives for forest conservation across scales. Science. 288:1828-1832.
Kremen,and T. Ricketts. 2000. Global perspectives on pollination disruptions. Conservation Biology, 14:1226-1228.