Joe Fargione

Regional Science Director, The Nature Conservancy
Research Interests: 

Joe's past publications and research have covered issues such as the maintenance of biodiversity in ecological communities, the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem services, reducing impacts of invasive species, the effects of nitrogen pollution on plant communities, and forecasting the environmental impacts of agriculturally driven global change.  Joe’s research interests at TNC focus on understanding and mitigating the effects of invasive species, climate change, and agriculture (especially biofuel production). He is particularly interested in understanding how market mechanisms such as sustainable forestry, bioenergy production, and payments for carbon offsets or other ecosystem services can promote land uses that maintain biodiversity. He is also interested in promoting watershed-scale field research on practical methods for protecting our freshwater and marine resources from the largely agricultural impacts of nutrients, sediment, and flow reduction.