Science Stories

  • How lasers can unlock a trove of ecological information

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2021
    Shooting laser beams at the Earth might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact these focused light pulses are at the heart of a powerful conservation tool.
    Lidar device with aperture labels
  • Sealing Pandora's Box

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    Environmental destruction and the high-risk wildlife trade are intimately connected with the emergence of new zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, but conservation could help prevent future pandemics.
    Red and green germ illustration with trees
  • What is a zoonotic disease and how is it tied to conservation?

    June 16, 2020

    Practical sustainable conservation initiatives can decrease the likelihood of spillover events and keep people and nature healthy.

    Ariel view of deforestation in Colombia
  • The human health and conservation connection

    February 20, 2020

    Human health and the health of our environment are inextricably linked. Our collective resilience, well-being, nutrition, and ability to avert disease is fully connected to the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the ways we interact with nature.

    Woman walking through lake in Nepal
  • What we learned about coral reefs in 2019

    January 07, 2020

    While most of what we learned about coral reefs in 2019 is grim, there's still hope. In this new decade, we can do quite a bit to protect coral reefs and the wildlife and people that depend on them.

    Gabby Ahmadia, senior marine scientist at WWF, surveys a reef in the Selat Dampier MPA, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Current status

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2018
    WWF offices in Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia coordinated a tri-national effort to tag and study river dolphins, applying satellite GPS technology to the task for the first time.
    riverdolphin 01 spring2018
  • WWF's Dr. Rebecca Shaw on an integrated approach to science

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Dr. Shaw leads an interdisciplinary approach to science that draws on the best research from ecology, economics, and the political and social sciences to generate big, cuttingedge ideas for protecting the planet.
    Dr. Rebecca Shaw
  • Snow leopard research breathes new life into community conservation in Nepal

    July 05, 2016

    Just beyond the remote mountain village of Yangma in the high Himalayas of eastern Nepal, Nepali conservationists fitted a female snow leopard with a GPS collar. The collar will allow scientists to track this snow leopard’s movements daily for the next year, which will help us learn more about these mysterious and endangered cats. This female becomes the third snow leopard collared near Yangma since 2013, the first two having both been males.

    setting up gear to collar a snow leopard
  • WWF's Arnaud Lyet on measuring wildlife populations

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    Using scientific modeling to gauge the real state of wildlife populations
    Arnaud Lyet sitting in a chair
  • DNA Extraction Turns a Soggy Polar Bear Footprint into an Exciting Ecological Discovery

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
    A partnership between researchers, scientists and WWF looks at biodiversity by the spoonful
    Polar Bear Footprint in a spoon
  • Polar Bear Research between Two Countries

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2015
    US and Russian biologists team up on polar bear research
    helicopter in alaska
  • Illegal Fishing Puts Crab Populations at Risk

    October 16, 2014

    A new WWF study has revealed populations of crab in the Russian Far East are at risk of collapse due to overharvest from illegal fishing.

    pulling in crab pot
  • Zebras on the Move

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    Quick work leads to discovery of Africa's longest land-mammal migration
    zebras aerial
  • Telling a Good Story with Maps

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    WWF's Nasser Olwero explains why people need to use maps more
    nasser profile
  • Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

    July 15, 2014

    WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

    camera trap set up
  • Protecting the Amazon for life

    May 21, 2014

    A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 million acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.

  • Dance-Worthy Statistics

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    WWF’s Louise Glew on the social impacts of conservation
    glew portrait