Ruth DeFries' Lab

We aim to develop the scientific underpinnings for sustainable land use that balances societal needs for food and other necessities with conservation of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and healthy environments. We use remote sensing, GIS, surveys, and field measurements in a variety of tropical landscapes.

The DeFries lab is housed within the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Members work closely with colleagues through the Earth Institute.

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News & Updates

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PhD student Vijay Ramesh wins a Rufford Grant for his project on “Conservation through Sounds: Using Acoustics to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Forest Restoration”

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Op ed in New York Times highlights missing climate risks discussed in policy paper co-authored by Ruth DeFries

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