Richard Primack, Ph.D.

Professor Richard Primack is the author of two standard textbooks in the field of conservation biology. He has established himself as a truly international citizen through his innovative project in science publishing. He works with scientists from around the world to produce textbooks containing relevant examples from their own regions and in the languages of their regions. The translations are based on his textbooks and the scientists are coauthors on the books.

Richard Primack. Essentials of Conservation Biology (5th Edition). New York: Sinauer Publ, 2010.

Richard Primack. Primer of Conservation Biology (4th Edition). New York: Sinauer Publ, 2008.

Richard B. Primack is a Professor in the Biology Department at Boston University. He received his B.A. at Harvard University in 1972 and his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1976, and then was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and Tokyo University, and has been awarded Bullard and Putnam Fellowships from Harvard University and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Dr. Primack was President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biological Conservation. Twenty-seven foreign-language editions of his textbooks have been produced, with local coauthors adding in local examples. He is an author of rain forest books, most recently Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison, Second Edition (with Richard Corlett). Dr. Primack’s research interests include: the biological impacts of climate change; the loss of species in protected areas; tropical forest ecology and conservation; and conservation education. He is currently writing a popular book about changes in Concord since the time of Henry David Thoreau and Walden.