Research Interests

Navjot seeks to understand how human activities modify the planet and in return how human societies suffer the consequences. His research projects include studies of extinctions, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services, and are not restricted to any particular taxon. Navjot also aims to apply his research towards capacity building in developing countries in the tropics. This he does (and hopes to do) through writing textbooks that can be accessed for free and giving voice in conservation science to the ignored (e.g. women and tropical biologists).


University of Saskatchewan
PhD, Biology, 1986-1991

Panjab University
MSc, Zoology, 1982-1983

Panjab University
BSc, Zoology, 1978-1982


Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2009
Sarah Hrdy Fellowship in Conservation Biology, Harvard University, 2008-2009
Outstanding Researcher Award, National University of Singapore, 2004
Charles Bullard Fellowship, Harvard University, 2002

Editorial Board Memberships

Conservation Biology, Assigning Editor, 2003-2010
Biological Conservation, Editor, 2008-
Environmental Conservation, Associate Editor, 2011-
Biodiversity and Conservation, Associate Editor, 2011-
Animal Conservation, Associate Editor, 2006-10
The Auk, Associate Editor, 2003-07
Biotropica, Subject Editor, 2005-08
Ornithological Science, Editorial Board Member, 2006-
Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Associate Editor, 1997-2007
Ecological Research, Handling Editor, 2004-07
Tropical Conservation Science, 2010-
Pacific Conservation Biology, 2010-
FACULTY1000 Biology, Faculty Member, 2010-


Global Change Biology (LSM3272) and Tropical Conservation Biology (LSM4262): National University of Singapore
Conservation Biology (ESPP 90e): Harvard University (Spring 2009)

Selected Publications


Sodhi N.S., Sekercioglu C.H., Barlow J. & Robinson S.K. 2011. Conservation of Tropical Birds. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 312 pp.

Sodhi N.S. & Ehrlich P.R. (editors). 2010. Conservation Biology for All. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 344 pp.
In collaboration with Oxford University Press, this project provides a free textbook to all. The book can be downloaded here.

Sodhi N.S., Acciaioli G., Erb M. & Tan A.K.-J. (editors). 2008. Biodiversity and Human Livelihoods in Protected Areas: Case Studies from the Malay Archipelago. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 478 pp.

Sodhi N.S., Brook B.W. & Bradshaw C.J.A. 2007. Tropical Conservation Biology. Blackwell, Oxford, UK. 332 pp.

Sodhi N.S. & Brook B.W. 2006. Southeast Asian Biodiversity in Crisis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 190 pp.

Sodhi N.S. & Sharp I. 2006. Winged Invaders: Pest Birds of the Asia-Pacific. SNP, Singapore. 184 pp.

Sodhi N.S. & Raven P.H. Conservation Biology: Lessons from the Tropics. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. in prep.

Ceballos G., Sodhi N.S., Ehrlich P.R. & Ehrlich A.H. Harbingers of Collapse: Bird and Mammal Endangerment and Extinctions. in prep.


Gardner T.A., Barlow J., Sodhi N.S. & Peres C.A. 2010. Tropical forest biodiversity in a human-modified world: a multiregional assessment. Biological Conservation 143:2293-2411. URL

Koh L.P. & Sodhi N.S. 2010. Conserving Southeast Asia's Imperiled Biodiversity: Scientific, Management, and Policy Challenges. Biodiversity and Conservation 19:913-1204. URL

Sodhi N.S. & Eguchi K. 2004. Invasive Bird Species. Ornithological Science 3:1-68.


Giam X., Scheffers B.R., Sodhi N.S., Wilcove D.S., Ceballos G. & Ehrlich P.R. Reservoirs of richness: least disturbed tropical forests are centres of undescribed species diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B in press. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Butler R. & Raven P.H. Bottom-up conservation. Biotropica in press.

Gibson L. & Sodhi N.S. 2011. Habitats at risk: a step forward, a step back. Science 331:1137. PDF | URL | Science Podcast

Bawa K.S., Rai N.D. & Sodhi N.S. Rights, governance, and biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 25:639-641. PDF | URL

Laurance W.F., Kakul T., Keenan R.J., Sayer J., Passingan S., Clements G.R., Villegas F. & Sodhi N.S. Predatory corporations, failing governance, and the fate of forests in Papua New Guinea. Conservation Letters 4:95-100. PDF | URL

Qie L., Lee T.M., Sodhi N.S. & Lim S.L.-H. Dung beetle assemblages on tropical land-bridge islands: small island effect and vulnerable species. Journal of Biogeography 38:792-804. PDF | URL

Pautasso M., Bohning-Gaese K., Clergeau P., Cueto V.R., Dinetti M., Fernandez-Juricic E., Kaisanlahti-Jokimaki M.-L., Jokimaki J., McKinney M.L., Sodhi N.S., Storch D., Tomialojc L., Weisberg P.J., Woinarski J., Fuller R.A. & Cantarello E. 2011. Global macroecology of bird assemblages in urbanized and semi-natural ecosystems. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20:426-436. PDF | URL

Peh K.S.-H., Soh M.C.K., Sodhi N.S., Laurance W.F., Ong D.J. & Clements R. 2011. Up in the clouds: Is sustainable use of tropical montane cloud forests possible in Malaysia? BioScience 61:27-38. URL

Wanger T.C., Wielgoss A.C., Motzke I., Clough Y., Brook B.W., Sodhi N.S. & Tscharntke T. 2011. Endemics predators, invasive prey and native diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278:690-694. PDF | URL

Giam X., Sodhi N.S., Brook B.W., Tan H.T.W. & Bradshaw C.J.A. 2011. Relative need for conservation assessments of vascular plant species among ecoregions. Journal of Biogeography 38:55-68. PDF | URL

Phelps J., Webb E.L., Bickford D., Nijman V. & Sodhi N.S. 2010. Boosting CITES. Science 330:1752-1753. PDF | URL

Laurance W.F., Kakul T., Sayer J., Keenan R., Passingan S. & Sodhi N.S. 2010. Better governance to save fading forests. Nature 467:789. PDF | URL

Koh L.P., Lee T.M., Sodhi N.S. & Ghazoul J. 2010. An overhaul of the species-area approach for predicting biodiversity loss: incorporating matrix and edge effects. Journal of Applied Ecology 47:1063-1070. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Wilcove D.S., Lee T.M., Sekercioglu C.H., Subaraj R., Bernard H., Yong D.L., Lim S.L.H., Prawiradilaga D.M. & Brook B.W. 2010. Deforestation and avian extinction on tropical landbridge islands. Conservation Biology 24:1290-1298. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Koh L.P., Clements R., Wanger T.C., Hill J.K., Hamer K.C., Clough Y., Tscharntke T., Posa M.R.C. & Lee T.M. 2010. Conserving Southeast Asian forest biodiversity in human-modified landscapes. Biological Conservation 143:2375-2384. PDF | URL

Traill L., Lim M., Sodhi N.S. & Bradshaw C.A.J. 2010. Mechanisms driving change: altered ecosystem functions and species interactions from global warming. Journal of Animal Ecology 79:937-947. PDF | URL

Bradshaw C.J.A., Giam X. & Sodhi N.S. 2010. Evaluating the relative environmental impact of countries. PLoS One 5:e10440. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Davidar P. & Rao M. 2010. Empowering women facilitates conservation. Biological Conservation 143:1035-1036. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S. 2010. Birds. In: Encyclopedia of Invasive Introduced Species (Simberloff D. & Rejmanek M., editors). University of California Press.

Grainger A., Boucher D.H., Frumhoff P.C., Laurance W.F., Lovejoy T., McNeely J., Niekisch M., Raven P., Sodhi N.S., Venter O. & Pimm S.L. 2009. Biodiversity and REDD at Copenhagen. Current Biology 19:R974-R976. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Brook B.W. & Bradshaw C.A.J. 2009. Causes and consequences of species extinctions. In: Princeton Guide to Ecology (Levin S.A., editor). Princeton University Press. pp. 514-520.

Bradshaw C.J.A., Warkentin I.G. & Sodhi N.S. 2009. Urgent preservation of boreal carbon stocks and biodiversity. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24:541-548. PDF | URL

Gardner T., Barlow J., Chazdon R., Ewers R., Harvey C., Peres C.A. & Sodhi N.S. 2009. Prospects for tropical forest biodiversity in a human-modified world. Ecology Letters 12:561-582. PDF | URL

Dunn R.R., Harris N.C., Colwell R.K., Koh L.P. & Sodhi N.S. 2009. The sixth mass coextinction: are most endangered species parasites and mutualists? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 276:3037-3045. PDF | URL

Warkentin I.G., Bickford D., Sodhi N.S. & Bradshaw C.J.A. 2009. Eating frogs into extinction. Conservation Biology 23:1056-1059. PDF | URL

Bradshaw C.J.A., Sodhi N.S. & Brook B.W. 2009. Tropical turmoil: a biodiversity tragedy in progress. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7:79-87. PDF | URL

Brook B.W., Sodhi N.S. & Bradshaw C.J.A. 2008. Synergies among extinction drivers under global change. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 23:453-460. PDF | URL

Posa M.R.C., Diesmos A.C., Sodhi N.S. & Brooks T.M. 2008. Hope for threatened tropical biodiversity: lessons from the Philippines. BioScience 58:231-240. PDF | URL

Tscharntke T., Sekercioglu C.H., Dietsch T.V., Sodhi N.S., Hoehn P. & Tylianakis J.M. 2008. Landscape contraints on functional diversity of birds and insects in tropical agroecosystems. Ecology 89:944-951. PDF | URL

Lohman D.L., Bickford D. & Sodhi N.S. 2007. The burning issue. Science 316:376. PDF | URL

Sekercioglu C.H. & Sodhi N.S. 2007. Conservation biology: predicting birds' responses to fragmentation. Current Biology 19:R838-R840. PDF | URL

Bradshaw C.A.J., Sodhi N.S., Peh K.S.-H. & Brook B.W. 2007. Global evidence that deforestation amplifies flood risk and severity in the developing world. Global Change Biology 13:2379-2395. PDF | URL

Brook B.W. & Sodhi N.S. 2006. Rarity bites. Nature 440:555-557. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Brooks T.M., Koh L.P., Acciaioli G., Erb M., Tan A.K.-J., Curran L.M., Brosius P., Lee T.M., Patlis J.M., Gumal M. & Lee R.J. 2006. Biodiversity and human livelihood crises in the Malay Archipelago. Conservation Biology 20:1811-1813. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Koh L.P. & Brook B.W. 2006. Southeast Asian birds in peril. Auk 123:275-277. URL

Sodhi N.S., Koh L.P., Prawiradilaga D.M., Darjono, Tinulele I., Putra D.P. & Tan T.H.T. 2005. Land use and conservation value for forest birds in central Sulawesi (Indonesia). Biological Conservation 122:547-558. PDF | URL

Koh L.P., Dunn R.R., Sodhi N.S., Colwell R.K., Proctor H.C. & Smith V.S. 2004. Species coextinctions and the biodiversity crisis. Science 305:1632-1634. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Koh L.P., Brook B.W. & Ng P.K.L. 2004. Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 19:654-660. PDF | URL

Sodhi N.S., Liow L.H. & Bazzaz F.A. 2004. Avian extinctions from tropical and subtropical forests. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 35:323-345.

Brook B.W., Sodhi N.S. & Ng P.K.L. 2003. Catastrophic extinctions follow deforestation in Singapore. Nature 424:420-423. PDF | URL