Daniel Karp

Daniel Karp

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology


Karp, a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, studies strategies for conserving wildlife and ecosystem services in working landscapes. Karp completed his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at Stanford University. He was a NatureNet Science Fellow at the Nature Conservancy for two years, and a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2016.

Research interests:

Conservation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, agroecology, ornithology, pest control, and countryside biogeography

Brief overview:

An important challenge for humanity is conserving biodiversity and safeguarding Earth’s critical life-support systems while still producing enough food to maintain basic standards of human wellbeing. My lab seeks to advance an integrated vision and strategy for conservation and production in agroecosystems.

Broadly, I seek to identify practices that allow agricultural landscapes to be managed for multiple objectives, such as conserving wildlife and the benefits that wildlife provides to people. For example, I have shown that conserving small patches of tropical forest around farms can benefit nature and farmers alike by bolstering the natural predators of pests that damage crops. By understanding the challenges, opportunities, and tradeoffs involved in farm management decisions, we can develop more holistic management strategies that harmonize farming and conservation.

My lab strives to translate our work from science to practice by disseminating our findings broadly, informing policy, and packaging our results into useful decision-support tools for conservationists and farmers.

Current projects:

  • Studying combined effects of agriculture and climate change on tropical wildlife
  • Developing alternative strategies for conserving wildlife on private lands
  • Analyzing costs and benefits associated with bird activity on produce farms
  • Developing spatial models of pest control that inform landscape management