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Robin Naidoo

I’m a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at IRES, and a research scientist with the Conservation Science Program of WWF-US.  I hold a PhD from the University of Alberta and BSc / MSc degrees from McGill University.  My research interests encompass topics in both the natural and social sciences, including the economic costs and benefits of nature conservation, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, and wildlife ecology.  Currently a significant part of my time is spent with WWF’s Namibia program, where I work on a variety of research projects in conjunction with partners in the country’s highly successful Community-Based Natural Resource Management program.



Naidoo, R., L.C. Weaver, M. de Longcamp, and P. du Plessis.  2011. Namibia’s community-based natural resource management program: a payment for environmental services scheme in disguise?  In press, Environmental Conservation.

Fisher, B., R.K. Turner, N.D. Burgess, R.D. Swetnam, J. Green, R. Green, G. Kajembe, K. Kulindwa, S.L. Lewis, R. Marchant, A.R. Marshall, S. Madoffe, P.K.T. Munishi, S. Morse-Jones, S. Mwakalila, J. Paavola, R. Naidoo, T. Ricketts, M. Rouget, S. Willcock, S. White, and A. Balmford.  2011.  Measuring, modeling, and mapping ecosystem services in the Eastern Arc mountains of Tanzania.  In press, Progress in Physical Geography.

Fisher, B., and R. Naidoo. 2011. Concerns about extrapolating right off the bat. Science 333: 287.

Naidoo, R., G. Stuart-Hill, L.C. Weaver, and J. Tagg.  2011.  Effect of biodiversity on economic benefits from communal lands in Namibia.  Journal of Applied Ecology 48(2):310-316.

Naidoo, R., G. Stuart-Hill, L.C. Weaver, J. Tagg, and A. Davis.  2011.  Effect of diversity of large wildlife species on financial benefits to local communities in northwest Namibia.  Environmental and Resource Economics 48(2):321-335.

Balmford, A., A. Rodrigues, R. Green, B. Fisher, R. Naidoo, B. Strassburg, and K. Turner.  2011. Bringing ecosystem services into the real world: an operational framework for assessing the economic consequences of losing wild nature.  Environmental and Resource Economics 48(2):161-175.

Adamowicz, W.L., R. Naidoo, S. Polasky, and E. Nelson.  2011.  Tourism and recreational benefits from ecosystems.  In Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (eds. P. Kareiva, H. Tallis, T.H. Ricketts, G.C. Daily, S. Polasky), Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Chan, K.M.A., T. Satterfield, J. Goldstein, N. Hannahs, K. Kikiloi, R. Naidoo, and U. Woodside.  2011.  Cultural services and non-use valuation.  In Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (eds. P. Kareiva, H. Tallis, T.H. Ricketts, G.C. Daily, S. Polasky), Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.


Mascia, M.B., C.A. Claus, and R. Naidoo.  2010.  The impacts of marine protected areas on fishing communities.  Conservation Biology 24(5): 1424-1429.

Adams, V.M., R..L. Pressey, and R. Naidoo.  2010.  Opportunity costs: who really pays for conservation?  Biological Conservation 143: 439-448.

Bateman, I.J., B. Fisher, E. Fitzherbert, D. Glew, and R. Naidoo.  2010.  Tigers, markets and palm oil: market potential for conservation.  Oryx 44(2): 230-234.

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, and A. Manica.  2010.  Reply to Pergams and Zaradic.  PLoS Biology: pbio.1000144.


Fisher, B., K. Bolt, R.B. Bradbury, T.A. Gardner, J.M.H. Green, D.G. Hole, and R. Naidoo.  2009.  Two cultures of conservation.  Conservation Biology 23(5): 1069-1071.

Balmford, A., J. Beresford, J. Green, R. Naidoo, M. Walpole, and A. Manica.  2009.  A global perspective on trends in nature-based tourism.  PLoS Biology 7: e1000144. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000144.

Naidoo, R., T.R. Malcolm, and A. Tomasek.  2009.  Quantifying economic benefits and conversion costs of standing forests in upland areas of Borneo.  Conservation Letters 2: 35-44.

Nelson, E., G.Mendoza, J.Regetz, S.Polasky, H.Tallis, D.Cameron, K.Chan, G.Daily, J.Goldstein, P.Kareiva, E.Lonsdorf, R. Naidoo, T.H. Ricketts, and R.Shaw.  2009.  Modeling multiple ecosystem services and tradeoffs at landscape scales. Frontiers in Ecology & Environment 7(1): 4-11.


Fisher, B., K. Turner, M. Zylstra, R. Brouwer, R. de Groot, S. Farber, P. Ferraro, R. Green, D. Hadley, J. Harlow, P. Jefferiss, C. Kirkby, P. Morling, S. Mowatt, R. Naidoo, J. Paavola, B. Strassburg, D. Yu, and A. Balmford.  2008.  Ecosystem services and economic theory: integration for policy-relevant research.  Ecological Applications 18(8): 2050-2067.

Carwardine, J., K.A. Wilson, G. Ceballos, P.R. Ehrlich,  R. Naidoo, T. Iwamura, S. Hajkowicz, and H.P. Possingham.  2008.  Cost-effective conservation of mammal species.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 105(32): 11446-11450.

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, R. Costanza, B. Fisher, R.E. Green, B. Lehner, T.R. Malcolm, T.H. Ricketts.  2008.  Global mapping of ecosystem services and conservation priorities.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 105(28): 9495-9500.

Loucks, C.J., T. Ricketts, R. Naidoo, J. Lamoreux, J. Hoekstra.  2008.  Explaining the global pattern of protected area coverage: relative importance of biodiversity, human activities, and agricultural suitability. Journal of Biogeography 35: 1337-1348.

Naidoo, R.  2008.  The role of economic valuation in the conservation of tropical nature.  Conference Proceedings, Economics and conservation in the tropics: a strategic dialogue, Conservation Strategy Fund, San Francisco.


Naidoo, R., and T. Iwamura.  2007.  Global-scale mapping of economic benefits from agricultural lands: Implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 140(1-2): 40-49.

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, P.J. Ferraro, S. Polasky, T.H. Ricketts, and M. Rouget.  2007.  Response to Hockley: The merit of economic and biological measures in conservation planning, Trends in Ecology & Evolution 22(6): 287-288.


Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, P.J. Ferraro, S. Polasky, T.H. Ricketts, and M. Rouget.  2006.  Integrating economic costs into conservation planning.  Trends in Ecology & Evolution 21(12): 681-687.

Naidoo, R., and T.H. Ricketts.  2006.  Mapping the economic costs and benefits of conservation.  PLoS Biology 4(11): e360.

Naidoo, R., and K. Hill.  2006.  Emergence of indigenous vegetation classifications through integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and remote sensing analyses.  Environmental Management 38(3): 377-387.

Naidoo, R., and W.L. Adamowicz.  2006.  Modelling opportunity costs of conservation in transitional landscapes.  Conservation Biology 20(2): 490-500.

Naidoo, R.  2006.  Synergies between tiger conservation and ecosystem services: conservation for nature and people.  In E. Dinerstein, C.Loucks, A.Heydlauff, E.Wikramanayake, G.Bryja, J.Forrest, J.Ginsberg, S.Klenzendorf, P.Leimgruber, T.O’Brien, E.Sanderson, J.Seidensticker, and M.Songer.   Setting Priorities for the Conservation and Recovery of Wild Tigers: 2005-2015.  WWF, WCS, Smithsonian, and NFWF-STF, Washington, D.C. – New York.


Ricketts, T.H., E.Dinerstein, T.Boucher, T.M.Brooks, S.H.M.Butchart, M.Hoffmann, J.F.Lamoreux, J.Morrison, M.Parr, J.D.Pilgrim, A.S.L.Rodrigues, W.Sechrest, G.E.Wallace, K.Berlin, J.Bielby, N.D.Burgess, D.R.Church, N.Cox, D.Knox, C.Loucks, G.W.Luck, L.L.Master, R.Moore, R. Naidoo, R.Ridgley, G.E.Schatz, G.Shire, H.Strand, W.Wettengel, and E.Wikramanayake.  2005.  Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 102(51): 18497-18501.

Naidoo, R., and W.L. Adamowicz.  2005.  Economic benefits of biodiversity exceed costs of conservation at an African rainforest reserve.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 102(46): 16712-16716.

Harrison, B., F.K.A. Schmiegelow, and R. Naidoo.  2005.  Stand-level response of breeding forest songbirds to multiple levels of partial-cut harvest in four boreal forest types.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research 35(7): 1553-1567.

Naidoo, R., and W.L. Adamowicz.  2005.  Biodiversity and nature-based tourism at forest reserves in Uganda.  Environment and Development Economics 10(2): 159-178.


Naidoo, R. 2004.  Economic growth and liquidation of natural capital: the case of forest clearance.  Land Economics 80(2): 194-208.

Naidoo, R.  2004.  Avian species richness and community composition in a tropical forest – agricultural landscape.  Animal Conservation 7(1): 93-105.

1998 – 2001

Naidoo, R., and W.L. Adamowicz.  2001.  Effects of economic prosperity on numbers of threatened species.  Conservation Biology 15(4): 1021-1029. **

Naidoo, R., and M.J. Lechowicz.  2001.  The effects of gypsy moth on radial growth of deciduous trees.  Forest Science 47(3): 338-348.

Naidoo, R.  2000.  Response of breeding male Ruffed Grouse, Bonasa umbellus, to playbacks of drumming recordings.  Canadian Field-Naturalist 114(2): 320-322.

Naidoo, R., and M.J. Lechowicz.  1999.  Radial growth losses in preferred and avoided tree species during gypsy moth outbreaks.  Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 16(1): 11-18.

Naidoo, R., and M.J. Lechowicz.  1998.  Foliage suitability of saplings grown under contrasting water regimes to the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar L.  Canadian Entomologist 130: 853-857.

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