The Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity

Launched in October 2017, the UC Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity aims to bring an interdisciplinary approach to the research, management and protection of our national, state and local parks and public lands.  Recognizing that parks and public lands play an increasingly important role in climate adaptation, public health, education, jobs, and environmental justice, the Institute will serve as convener, research coordinator and bridge between field managers and the academic community, tackling such issues as:

Jon Jarvis in a redwood grove on the UC Berkeley campus
  • Park and public land management in light of measurable impacts due to climate change.
  • Relationship between the environment and public health, with new emphasis on “park prescriptions”
  • Role of access to and utilization of urban parks for social and environmental justice
  • Role of “outdoor experience”, environmental education and life-long learning
  • Inspiring and empowering a new generation of scientists and advocates for conservation

Executive Director

Jonathan B. Jarvis served 40 years with the National Park Service, as its 18th Director from 2009 to 2017. During his tenure as NPS Director, Jarvis initiated extensive programs to address climate changes in the national parks, expanded the National Park System by 22 new parks, and led the service through its Centennial with a vision for a second century of park stewardship, engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Contact Jon Jarvis at:

Affiliated Faculty

Hosted by the College of Natural Resources, the Institute will engage faculty affiliates from across the Berkeley campus. The Institute is actively seeking interested faculty affiliates. Contact us to express interest.