Reed Noss is Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology (1993-1997), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (1999-2001), and President of the North American Section of the Society (2006-2008). He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served on many boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Board of Trustees of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. He recently served as Vice-Chair of a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Professor Noss has nearly 300 publications and is recognized as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields. His research involves the application of science to species-level and ecosystem-level conservation planning, restoration, and management. He is currently writing a book on southern grasslands, studying the effects of suburban and exurban development on bird communities, and conducting research on impacts of, and adaptation to, sea-level rise in Florida.

Research Interests

Dr. Reed Noss is Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida. The focus of Dr. Noss’s research program for more than two decades has been on systematic conservation planning on regional scales. He has designed and directed such studies in Florida, the Pacific Northwest, California, the Rocky Mountains, and several regions of Canada, and has been an advisor to similar projects throughout North America and parts of Latin America, Europe, and Australia. Conservation planning includes field research and population modeling of imperiled taxa and other focal species as well as considerations of ecosystem representation and integrity. Increasingly it encompasses maintenance or restoration of ecological processes, accommodation of compatible human uses, and adaptation to climate change.

Dr. Noss has directed his research attention recently on reconciling and combining species-level and ecosystem-level approaches to conservation. His research program is interdisciplinary and includes work on fire ecology; forest, grassland, and shrubland ecology; adaptive management and monitoring; bird population and community ecology; and conservation of large carnivores such as the Florida Panther.

Three current research projects are (1) the impacts of, and adaptation to, sea level rise in Florida, with emphasis on species and natural communities of high conservation concern; (2) the biogeography, ecology, and conservation of grasslands in the southeastern United States, which is the topic of an ongoing book project for Island Press; and (3) the responses of species, communities, and ecological processes to environmental conditions along rural-urban land-use gradients.

Other recent projects include research on the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow and its dry prairie habitat; road ecology (e.g., responses of wildlife to roads and the design of wildlife crossings and barriers to minimize impacts); and movement ecology (e.g., design of wildlife corridors and functional landscape connectivity).

Noss Lab Website

Selected Publications

  • Noss, R.F., A. Dobson, R. Baldwin, P. Beier, D. DellaSala, J. Francis, H. Locke, K. Nowak, R.R. Lopez, C. Reining, S. Trombulak, and G. Tabor. 2012. Bolder thinking for conservation. Conservation Biology 26: xx-xx.
  • Noss, R.F. 2011. Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Florida’s unenviable position with respect to sea level rise. Climatic Change 107:1-16.
  • Eisenberg, D., R.F. Noss, J. Waterman, and M.B. Main. 2011. Distribution and habitat use of the Big Cypress fox squirrel (Sciurus niger avicennia). Southeastern Naturalist 10:75-84.
  • Lewandowski, A., R.F. Noss, and D. Parsons. 2010. Biodiversity surrogate taxa using hotspot and complementarity approaches. Conservation Biology 24:1367-1377.
  • Müller, J., R.F. Noss, H. Bussler, and R. Brandl. 2010. Learning from a “benign neglect strategy” in a national park: Response of saproxylic beetles to dead wood accumulation. Biological Conservation 143:2559-2569.
  • Noss, R.F., E. Fleishman, D.A.DellaSala, J.M. Fitzgerald, M. Gross, M.B. Main, F. Nagle, S. O’Malley, J. Rosales. 2009. Priorities for improving the scientific foundation of conservation policy in North America. Conservation Biology 23:825-833.
  • Noss, R.F. 2009. The heavy burden of conservation. Conservation Biology 23:1354-1355.
  • Prather, J., R.F. Noss, and T.D. Sisk. 2008. Real vs. perceived conflicts between restoration of ponderosa pine forests and conservation of the Mexican Spotted Owl. Forest Policy and Economics 10:140-150.
  • Lindenmayer, D., R. Hobbs, R. Montague-Drake, J. Alexandra, A. Bennett, M. Burgman, P. Cale, A. Calhoun, V. Cramer,  P. Cullen, D. Driscoll, L. Fahrig, J. Fischer, J. Franklin, Y. Haila, M. Hunter, P. Gibbons, S. Lake, G. Luck, C. MacGregor, S. McIntyre, R. Mac Nally, A. Manning,  J. Miller, H. Mooney, R. Noss, H. Possingham, D. Saunders, F. Schmiegelow, M. Scott, D. Simberloff, T. Sisk, G. Tabor, B. Walker, J. Wiens, J. Woinarski, and E. Zavaleta. 2008. A checklist for ecological management of landscapes for conservation. Ecology Letters 11:78-91.
  • Noss, R.F. 2007. Values are a good thing in conservation biology. Conservation Biology 21:18-20
  • Fazey, I., J. A. Fazey, J. Fischer, K. Sherren, J. Warren, R.F. Noss, and S.R. Dovers. 2007. Adaptive capacity and learning to learn as leverage for social-ecological resilience. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5:375-380.
  • Meretsky, V.J., D. Ashe, R.L. Fischman, J.R. Karr, J.M. Scott, R.F. Noss, and R. Schroeder. 2006. Biological diversity, integrity, and environmental health: conservation under the National Wildlife Improvement Act of 1997. BioScience 56:135-143.
  • Noss, R.F., P. Beier, W.W. Covington, R.E. Grumbine, D.B. Lindenmayer, J.W. Prather, F. Schmiegelow, T.D. Sisk, and D.J. Vosick. 2006. Integrating restoration ecology and conservation biology: a case study from ponderosa pine forests of the southwestern USA. Restoration Ecology 14:4-10.
  • Fleishman, E., R.F. Noss, and B.R. Noon. 2006. The utility and limitations of species richness metrics in conservation. Ecological Indicators 6:543-553.
  • Meine, C., M. Soulé, and R.F. Noss. 2006. “A mission-driven discipline”: the growth of conservation biology. Conservation Biology 20:631-651.
  • Noss, R.F., and D.B. Lindenmayer. 2006. Introduction: The ecological effects of salvage logging after natural disturbance. Conservation Biology 20:946-948
  • Noss, R.F., J.F. Franklin, W.L. Baker, T. Schoennagel, and P.B. Moyle. 2006. Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4:481-487.
  • Czech, B., D. L. Trauger, J. Farley, R. Costanza, H. E. Daly, C. A. S. Hall, R. F. Noss, L. Krall, and P. R. Krausman. 2005. Establishing indicators for biodiversity. Science 308:791-792.
  • Svancara, L.K., R. Brannon, J.M. Scott, C.R. Groves, R.F. Noss, and R.L. Pressey. 2005. Policy-driven vs. evidence-based conservation: a review of political targets and biological needs. BioScience 55:989-995.
  • Lindenmayer, D.B., D.R. Foster, J.F. Franklin, M.L. Hunter, R.F. Noss, F.A. Schmiegelow, and D. Perry. 2004. Saving forests or saving fiber? Salvage harvesting policies after natural disturbance impairs ecosystem and species recovery. Science 303:1303.
  • Carroll, C., R.F. Noss, P.C. Paquet, and N.H. Schumaker. 2004. Extinction debt of protected areas in developing landscapes. Conservation Biology 18:1110-1120.
  • Noss, R.F., C. Carroll, K. Vance-Borland, and G. Wuerthner. 2002. A multicriteria assessment of the irreplaceability and vulnerability of sites in the Greater Yellowstone
  • Carroll, C., R.F. Noss, P.C. Paquet, and N.H. Schumaker. 2003. Integrating population viability analysis and reserve selection algorithms into regional conservation plans. Ecological Applications 13:1773-1789.
  • Noss, R.F. 2001. Beyond Kyoto: Forest management in a time of rapid climate change. Conservation Biology 15:578-590.


July 2011:

Professor Reed Noss received a grant for $700,000 from the Kresge Foundation to study the impacts of sea-level rise on Florida species and natural communities of high conservation concern, and to develop options for adaptation and public education strategies.


March 2011:

The University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, presented Professor Reed Noss its Outstanding Alumnus Award.


August 2010:

Wilburforce Foundation honored Professor Reed Noss for his exceptional leadership in conservation. The Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award includes a cash award of US$10,000 to the individual, plus an accompanying US$5,000 to a non-profit organization of the recipient’s choice.


April 2005:

Professor Reed Noss received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the amount of $615,594.


January 2001:

Dr. Noss became an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Ornithologists’ Union
  • Association of Field Ornithologists
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Florida Academy of Sciences
  • Florida Native Plant Society
  • Florida Ornithological Society
  • Gopher Tortoise Council
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • The Natural Areas Association
  • Wilson Ornithological Society


  • Ph.D Wildlife & Range Sciences, 1988 – University of Florida
  • M.S. Ecology, 1979 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • B.S Education, 1975 – University of Dayton, Ohio