BACKGROUND | Lian Pin graduated from the National University of Singapore with degrees in Bachelor (2001) and Masterof Science (2003), and received his doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University (2008). He moved to Switzerland in 2008 and underwent post-doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). In 2011, he was appointed a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor. In 2014, he moved to Australia, and since then has been Associate Professor and Chair of Applied Ecology & Conservation at the University of Adelaide. He is Director of the University’s Centre for Applied Conservation Science, and the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility. He was also awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (Level II).
RESEARCH | Lian Pin is an applied ecologist and environmental scientist. His research focuses on developing the Science and science-based decision support tools to help reconcile society’s growing consumptive needs with environmental protection. He addresses this challenge through field studies and experiments, computer simulations and modelling, as well as by co-opting emerging technologies for use in environmental research and applications. Geographically his research is focused on the developing tropics where population growth is most rapid, the people are poorest, and biodiversity is richest and yet most threatened globally. His group has partnered with nongovernmental organisations, policymakers, industry players, social scientists, environmental economists, computer engineers and software developers. He has co-authored publications with >100 colleagues from >20 nations, and from top research institutions, including Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, Cambridge University, ETH Zurich, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
PUBLICATIONS | Lian Pin has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals, including Nature, Science, PNAS, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Current biology, PLoS One, Journal of Applied Ecology, Ecological Applications, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, and Biological Conservation. Lian Pin’s research has received over 7,800 citations by his peers (h-index: 41). His research has real and significant impacts in both academia and civil society. He was bestowed the honour of a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, for “his record of professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through his inspiring leadership”. Lian Pin joins other leaders across the realms of politics, business, and the arts, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES | Lian Pin is Editor-in-Chief of an open-access journal, Cogent Environmental Science, published by Taylor and Francis Group, U.K. He also serves as Indo-Pacific Australasia Editor for the journal, Biological Conservation, which is ranked 7/48 in the field of Biodiversity Conservation. Additionally, he is on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), PeerJ, and the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Previously, he had
served as Editor in several other journals including Endangered Species Research, Biotropica, and Animal Conservation.
OTHERS | Lian Pin is the Founding Director of ConservationDrones.org, a US-based non-profit organisation. In 2013-14, he took an academic sabbatical to introduce drone technology to conservationists across >12 nations, particularly in the tropics. Since then, ConservationDrones.org has received numerous awards and media coverage (>540,000 visits to its website). Lian Pin was invited to the 2013 TED-Global conference in Edinburgh, where he spoke on the positive use of
drones. His TED talk has been viewed >580,000 times by a global audience, which has allowed him to further amplify the impacts of his work globally through partnerships with organisations such as the Jane Goodall Institute, Max Planck Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Google Earth Outreach. Lian Pin is regularly invited as a plenary speaker to numerous other international meetings, including the WWF Fuller Symposium (Washington D.C., 2012), the Clinton Global Initiative University (Florida, 2013), and the Intergovernmental Eye on Earth Summit (Abu Dhabi, 2015). He is deeply passionate about the communication of Science to the general public, as evidenced by numerous and regular features on my work by international media, including the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, NewScientist, Public Radio International, Time Magazine, the Telegraph, Wikipedia, among others.