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Eben Goodale is Professor of Animal Ecology in the Department of Health and Environmental, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. He is interested in the connection between three fields of ecology: behavioral ecology, community ecology and conservation biology. His research focuses on how behavior, particularly communication, affects the interactions between species, and how knowledge about such interactions can be integrated into conservation and management plans. He received his bachelor’s from Harvard College (1997), his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2005), and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, the National Science Foundation (USA) and the University of California, San Diego / University of San Diego. Much of his work has been done on birds and in Sri Lanka, but he has also conducted bird research in India, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and now China, and has also worked on communication in bees. He is the author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and the first author of “Mixed-species Animal Groups” (Academic Press, 2017), the only book on this topic. He has published in general biological science journals, such as Science, Biological Reviews and Proceedings of the Royal Society B, animal behavior journals, such as Behavioral Ecology and Animal Behaviour, ecological journals, such as Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology and Ecography, and conservation or environmental journals, such as Ambio, Biological Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Journal of Applied Ecology. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory biology, biodiversity, ecology, and experimental design and statistics in the United States, Sri Lanka, PNG and China. He lives with his wife, the ecologist Uromi Manage Goodale, and his son David in Suzhou, China.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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