Prof. Dr. David Burney

Prof. Dr. David Burney

Professor of Conservation Paleobiology
United States

David Burney is a Professor of Conservation Paleobiology at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (Kaua`i). His research has focused on paleoecological studies, causes of extinction, and preservation of endangered species. 

A paleoecologist and conservation biologist whose lifelong interest has been the interactions between nature and humanity, Dr. Burney has over 40 years of practical experience in conservation, including serving as a technical consultant for Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, BBC Natural History Unit, National Museums of Kenya, United Nations Development Program, USDA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other organizations.

With his wife Lida Pigott Burney, he has established the Makauwahi Cave Reserve on Kaua`i to protect, research, and restore Hawaii’s richest fossil and archaeological site and reestablish thousands of native plants on the surrounding landscape. Their studies have included rewilding techniques, inter situ conservation, and ecological surrogacy.

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