Meet Richard B. Primack, PhD

Professor Primack was a guest on Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations in October 2012, where he discussed Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt? On January 15, 2013, Dr. Primack gave a special presentation for a collaborative science memorial (Friends of the Robbins Library and Science for the Public) at the Robbins Library in Arlington, MA Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts


Richard B. Primack is a Professor of Biology, Boston University. He received his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1976. 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-eight 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 (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.