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Environmental Issues: Richard B. Primack


Podcast and transcript about  Waldens Warming.

Richard B. Primack


Richard Primack is a Professor of Biology at Boston University and past President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

He has current appointments as the Distinguished Overseas Professor at the Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China, and a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Munich in Germany. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Biological Conservation and author of two widely used textbooks, Essentials of Conservation Biology and A Primer of Conservation Biology; 30 foreign language editions have been produced with local co-authors adding in examples from their own countries. He is also co-author of the book Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison.

For the past 14 years, Prof. Primack and his colleagues have been investigating the effects of a warming climate on the plants and birds of Massachusetts, with an emphasis on continuing the observations made 160 years ago by Henry David Thoreau in Concord. Prof. Primack has recently written a popular book about his work: Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods.


His areas of interest: impact of climate change on plants and animals; conservation biology; timing of leaf out and leaf senescence; rare plants; tropical forests.

Visit his website <> for more information on the Conservation Biology Translation Project and for copies of articles.

For popular articles about his work, visit:

Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt?

Global Warming, Up Close and Local

Detecting Climate Change in New England