Claire Kremen

Professor, IRES
Professor, Zoology
President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity

Contact Details

Room 446
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4

Research Interests


Claire Kremen is President’s Excellence Chair In Biodiversity with a joint appointment in IRES and Zoology at University of British Columbia.  She is an ecologist and applied conservation biologist working on how to reconcile agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation.  Current research questions in her lab include: How do different forms of agricultural land management influence long-term persistence of wildlife populations by promoting or curtailing dispersal movements and population connectivity?  Specifically, can diversified, agroecological farming systems promote species dispersal and survival?  How do different types of farming systems affect ecosystem services, yields, profitability, sustainability and livelihoods?  How do we design sustainable landscapes that promote biodiversity while providing for people?   Before coming to UBC, she held faculty appointments first at Princeton University and then at University of California, Berkeley, where she was also founding 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 a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Conservation International, 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).   


RES 500C Advanced Topics in Conservation Science

Featured Publications

C. Kremen, & Merenlender, A. M. (2018). Landscapes that work for biodiversity and people. Science, 362(6412), eaau6020. DOI:10.1126/science.aau6020

C. Kremen, M’Gonigle, L. K., & Ponisio, L. C. (2018). Pollinator Community Assembly Tracks Changes in Floral Resources as Restored Hedgerows Mature in Agricultural Landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6(October), 1–10. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2018.00170

Ramankutty, N., Mehrabi, Z., Waha, K., Jarvis, L., C. Kremen, Herrero, M. & Rieseberg, L.H. (2018) Trends in Global Agricultural Land Use: Implications for Environmental Health and Food Security. Annual Review of Plant Biology, 69.789-815

C. Kremen (2018) The value of pollinator species diversity. Science, 359, 741–742. DOI:10.1126/SCIENCE.AAR7614

Carlson, K.M., Heilmayr, R., Gibbs, H.K., Noojipady, P., Burns, D.N., Morton, D.C., Walker, N.F., Paoli, G.D. & C. Kremen (2017) Effect of oil palm sustainability certification on deforestation and fire in Indonesia. PNAS, 115, 121-126. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1704728114

Ponisio, L., Gaiarsa, M.P., C. Kremen (2017) Opportunistic attachment assembles plant-pollinator networks. Ecology Letters, 20, 1261–1272. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12821

Isbell, F., Adler, P., Eisenhauer, N., Fornara, D., Kimmel, K., C. Kremen, Letourneau, D., Liebman, M., Polley, H., Quijas, S. & Scherer-Lorenzen, M. (2017) Benefits of increasing plant diversity in sustainable agroecosystems. Journal of Ecology, 105, 871–879. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12789

Karp, D. S., R. Moses, S. Gennet, M. S. Jones, S. Joseph, L. K. M’Gonigle, L. C. Ponisio, W. E. Snyder, C. Kremen. 2016. Agricultural practices for food safety threaten pest control services for fresh produce. Journal of Applied Ecology. 53, 1402-1412. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12707.

Ponisio, L., L.K M'Gonigle and C. Kremen. 2015. On-farm habitat restoration counters biotic homogenization in intensively-managed agriculture. Global Change Biology. 22, 704-715. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13117.

C. Kremen. 2015. Reframing the land-sparing/land-sharing debate for biodiversity conservation. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Volume 1355, The Year in Ecology and Conservation Biology: 52–76. DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12845.

M’Gonigle, L. K., L. Ponisio, K. Cutler, & C. Kremen. 2015. Habitat restoration promotes pollinator persistence and colonization in intensively-managed agriculture. Ecological Applications. 25, 1557–1565. DOI: 10.1890/14-1863.1.

Ponisio, L.C., L. K. M’Gonigle, K.C. Mace, J. Palomino, P. de Valpine, and C. Kremen. 2015. Diversification practices reduce organic to conventional yield gap. Proc. R. Soc. B. 282, 20141396. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1396.