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William Ripple, PhD

We asked each of our scientists to give us their thoughts on their professions and what they think the future holds for humanity.

What would you recommend for students wanting to pursue a similar career?
I recommend that students interested in trophic cascades and the effects of carnivores on ecosystems should first obtain a broad undergraduate background in the physical and biological sciences plus join a graduate program that allows them to work across ecological disciplines.

What do you like best about your profession?
My profession allows me to work on important ecological issues as well as use my creativity to ask questions about processes in nature while enjoying the great outdoors.

What makes you most fearful for the future?
I worry most about the overabundance of the human species and the concurrent diminishment of wildlife habitat.

What makes you most hopeful for the future?
I am most hopeful when I see that ecosystems can recover following wolf reintroduction and recolonization.

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