Zuzana Burivalova – PI


I am the Principal Investigator of the Sound Forest Lab. I am a tropical forest ecologist and conservation scientist, based in the department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology and The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where I am an assistant professor. Previously, I was a NatureNet post-doctoral research fellow at Princeton University and The Nature Conservancy.

I look for ways to protect biodiversity in tropical forests, both forests that are used by humans, for example for logging, and forests set aside for conservation, from national parks to small community protected areas. I try to answer tricky questions in tropical forest ecology using new technologies, such as through recording soundscapes, where traditional field methods aren’t enough. I also work with the environmental news platform Mongabay on understanding which conservation strategies succeed and fail in tropical forests. I feel privileged to have worked in the tropical forests of Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, and Borneo.

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison WI, USA


ETH Zürich – PhD in tropical forest conservation and ecology (2015)

Université de Genève – MSc in environmnetal science (2011)

Oxford University – BA in Biological Sciences (2008)


You can see a list of my publications also on Google Scholar.

Burivalova, Z., Game, E.T., Wahyudi, B., Rifqi, M., MacDonald, E., Cushman, S., Voigt, M., Wich, S., Wilcove, D.S. 2020. Does biodiversity benefit when the logging stops? An analysis of conservation risks and opportunities in active versus inactive logging concessions in Borneo. Biological Conservation: 241.

Burivalova, Z.,Miteva, D., Salafsky, N., Butler, R.A., Wilcove, D.S. 2020. Reply to Mupepele and Dormann’Evidence Ranking Needs to Reflect Causality’. Trends in Ecology & Evolution: 35,2.

Burivalova, Z., Purnomo, Wahyudi, B., Boucher, T.M., Ellis, P., Truskinger, A., Towsey, M., Roe, P., Marthinus, D., Griscom, B., Game, E.T. 2019. Using soundscapes to investigate homogenization of tropical forest diversity in selectively logged forests. Journal of Applied Ecology: 56:11, 2493-2504.

Burivalova, Z., Butler, R., Wilcove, D.S. 2019. A response to Correia et al. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: 17: 256.

Burivalova, Z., Game, E.T., Butler, R. 2019. The Sound of a tropical forest. Science, 363 (6422), 28-29.

Burivalova, Z.,Miteva, D., Salafsky, N., Butler, R.A., Wilcove, D.S. 2019. Evidence types and trends in tropical forest conservation literature. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, in press.

Burivalova, Z., Alnutt, T.F., Rademacher, D., Schlemm, A., Wilcove, D.S., Butler, R.A. 2019. What works in tropical forest conservation, and what does not: Effectiveness of four strategies in terms of environmental, social, and economic outcomes. Conservation Science and Practice: in press.

Runting, R.K., Ruslandi, Griscom, B.W., Struebig, M.J., Satar, M., Meijaard, E., Burivalova, Z., Cheyne, S.M., Deere, N.J., Game, E.T., Putz, F.E., Wells, J.A., Wilting, A., Ancrenaz, M., Ellis, P.W., Khan, F.A.A., Leavitt, S.M., Marshall, A.J., Possingham, H.P., Watson, J.E.M., Venter, O. 2019. Larger gains from improved management over sparing–sharing for tropical forests. Nature Sustainability 2, pages53–61.

Salafsky, N., Boshoven, J., Burivalova, Z., Dubois, N.S., Gomez, A., Johnson, A., Lee, A., Margoulis, R., Morrison, J., Muir, M., Pratt, A.S., Pullin, A.S., Salzer, D., Stewards, A., Sutherland, W.J., Wordley, C.F.R. 2019. Defining and using evidence in conservation practice. Conservation Science and Practice, e27, April.

Burivalova, Z., Butler, R., Wilcove, D.S. 2018. Analyzing Google search data to debunk myths about the public’s interest in conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Vol 16 Issue 9.

Deichmann, J.L., Acevedo-Charry, O., Barclay, L., Burivalova, Z., Campos-Cerqueira, M.,  d’Horta, F., Game, E.T., Gottesman, B.L., Hart, P.J., Kalan, A.K., Linke, S., Do Nascimento, L., Pijanowski, B., Staaterman, E., Aide. T.M., 2018. It’s time to listen: there is much to be learned from the sounds of tropical ecosystems. Biotropica Vol 50 Issue 5.

Burivalova, Z., Towsey, M., Boucher, T., Truskinger, A., Apelis, C., Roe, P. 2017. Using soundscapes to detect variable degrees of human influence on tropical forests in Papua New Guinea. Conservation Biology Vol 31 Issue 1.

Burivalova, Z., Lee, T.M., Hua, F., Lee, J.T., Wilcove, D. 2017. Understanding consumer preferences and demography in order to reduce the domestic trade in wild-caught birds. Biological Conservation: 209: 423-431.

Griscom, B.W.*, Goodman, R.C.*, Burivalova, Z.*, Putz, F.E. 2017. Carbon and biodiversity impacts of intensive versus extensive tropical forestry. Conservation Letters Vol 11 Issue 1 *equal contributions

Burivalova, Z., Hua, F., Koh, L.P., Garcia, C., and Putz, F.E. 2017. A Critical Comparison of Conventional, Certified, and Community Management of Tropical Forests in Terms of Environmental, Economic, and Social Variables. Conservation Letters, 10(1): 4-14.

Chaudhary, A., Burivalova, Z., Koh, L.P., and Hellweg, S. 2015. Impact of Forest Management on Species Richness: Global Meta-Analysis and Economic Trade-Offs. Nature Scientific Reports, 6.

Burivalova, Z., Lee, T.M., Giam, X., Sekercioglu, Ç.H., Wilcove, D.S., and Koh, L.P. 2015. Avian responses to selective logging shaped by species traits and logging practices. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20150164.

Ghazoul, J., Burivalova, Z., Garcia-Ulloa, J., and King, Lisa A. 2015. Conceptualizing Forest Degradation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30 (10), 622-632.

Burivalova, Z., Bauert, M., Hassold, S., Fatroandrianjafinonjasolomiovazo, N.T.L, and Koh, L.P. 2015. Relevance of global forest change data set to local conservation: Case study of forest degradation in Masoala National Park, Madagascar. Biotropica 47(2), 267-274.

Burivalova, Z., Sekercioglu, Ç., and Koh, L.P. 2014. Thresholds of logging intensity to maintain tropical forest biodiversity. Current Biology 24, 1-6.

Abood, S.A., Ser Huay Lee, J., Burivalova, Z., Garcia-Ulloa, J., and Koh, L.P. 2014. Relative contributions of the logging, fiber, oil palm, and mining industries to forest loss in Indonesia. Conservation Letters 8:1 58-67.

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