World Environment

World Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles, critical reviews, research notes, debate and short reports in all areas related to the environment. These areas include basic science (chemistry, physics, biology and geology), ecology, agriculture, economics, education, engineering, geography, health, law, nanotechnology, planning and policy, politics, sociology, trade and commerce.

Oliver Pergams

Editorial Board Member of World Environment

Professor, City Colleges of Chicago, USA

Research Areas

Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Sociology, Environmental Economics


2002Ph.DUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
1998M.S.University of Illinois at Chicago
1981B.A.University of Chicago


2010-presentInstructor, Olive-Harvey College, Dept. of Natural Sciences. Coordinator of Biology 114 (Gen. Ed.) and 122 (E&E). Mentor in STEMENGINES URC through teaching Biology 299
2009-2010Adjunct Instructor, Olive-Harvey College, Dept. of Natural Sciences. Teach Biology 114 (Gen. Ed.), 121 (Cell/Micro), 122 (E&E). Special assignment to design Olive-Harvey's Environmental Sciences major
2004-presentVisiting Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Biological Sciences. Performing basic biological sciences research, teaching graduate & undergraduate courses
2002-2004Conservation Associate/Mammalogist, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL. Funded by David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia. Performing basic biological sciences research, teaching el
2002Visiting Professor, Università di Pisa, Italy. Composed and taught lecture & field course "Biodiversity and Conservation"
2005Visiting Professor, Università di Pisa, Italy. Composed and taught lecture & field course "Biodiversity and Conservation"
1996-2002Teaching Asssistant, University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Biological Sciences. Co-teaching biological sciences courses. 1996-1998 was while I was getting my Master's degree, 1998-2002 was while I was getting my Ph.D. degree
1986-1993Chairman of the Board and 50% shareholder, Chicago Options Associates, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Proprietary financial options brokerage and trading company operating on five commodities and stock exchanges. Taught employees how to trade commodities option
1981-1986Foreign Exchange Trader and Executive, Chicago & New York Commercial and Investment Banks

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Zaradic, P. A. and O. R. W. Pergams. In press. Trends in nature recreation: causes and consequences. In: S. A. Levin, editor. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd ed.: Princeton University Press.
[2]  Zaradic, P. A. and O. R. W. Pergams. 2011. The Nature Conservancy's Long-Term LEAF Program Evaluation 2011. Report by the Red Rock Institute to the Nature Conservancy.
[3]  List, R., O. R. W. Pergams, J. Pacheco, J. Cruzado, and G. Ceballos. 2010. Genetic divergence of Microtus pennsylvanicus chihuahuensis and conservation implications of marginal population extinctions. Journal of Mammalogy 91:1093-1101.
[4]  Barbanera, F., O. R. W. Pergams, M. Guerrini, G. Forcina, P. Panayides, and F. Dini. 2010. Genetic consequences of intensive management in game birds. Biological Conservation 143:1259-1268 + Supplements.
[5]  Zaradic, P. A., O. R. W. Pergams, and P. Kareiva. 2009. The impact of nature experience on willingness to support conservation. PLoS One:
[6]  Pergams, O. R. W. and P. Kareiva. 2009. Support services: A focus on genetic diversity. In: S. A. Levin, S. R. Carpenter, H. C. J. Godfray, A. P. Kinzig, M. Loreau, et al., editors. The Princeton Guide to Ecology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
[7]  Pergams, O. R. W. and J. L. Lawler. 2009. Recent and widespread rapid morphological change in rodents. PLoS One:
[8]  Pergams, O. R. W. and P. A. Zaradic. 2008. Evidence for a fundamental and pervasive shift away from nature-based recreation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105:2295-2300.
[9]  Pergams, O. R. W. and R. C. Lacy. 2007. Rapid morphological and genetic change in Chicago-area Peromyscus. Molecular Ecology 17:450–463.
[10]  Zaradic, P. A. and O. R. W. Pergams. 2007. Videophilia: Implications for childhood development and conservation. Journal of Developmental Processes 2:130-144.
[11]  Fox, H. E., C. Christian, J. C. Nordby, O. R. W. Pergams, G. D. Peterson, and C. R. Pyke. 2006. Perceptions of integrating social science and conservation. Conservation Biology 20:1817-1820.
[12]  Pergams, O. R. W. and J. E. Norton. 2006. Treating a single stem can kill the whole shrub: A scientific assessment of buckthorn control methods. Natural Areas Journal 30:300-309.
[13]  Pergams, O. R. W. and P. A. Zaradic. 2006. Is love of nature in the US becoming love of electronic media? 16-year downtrend in national park visits explained by watching movies, playing video games, internet use, and oil prices. Journal of Environmental Management 80:387-393.
[14]  Pergams, O. R. W. and D. Nyberg. 2005. Evaluating the predicted local extinction of a once-common mouse. Conservation Biology 19:1312-1317.
[15]  Pergams, O. R. W., B. Czech, J. C. Haney, and D. Nyberg. 2004. Linkage of conservation activity to trends in the U.S. economy. Conservation Biology 18:1617-1623.
[16]  Pergams, O. R. W. and D. Nyberg. 2003. Spermophilus franklinii. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [].
[17]  Pergams, O. R. W., W. M. Barnes, and D. Nyberg. 2003. Rapid change of mouse mitochondrial DNA. Nature 423:3979
[18]  Ashley, M. V., M. F. Wilsson, O. R. W. Pergams, D. J. O' Dowd, S. M. Gende, and J. S. Brown. 2003. Evolutionarily enlightened management. Biological Conservation 111:115-123.
[19]  Pergams, O. R. W. and M. V. Ashley. 2001. Microevolution in island rodents. Genetica 112/113:245-256.
[20]  Pergams, O. R. W. and D. Nyberg. 2001. Museum collections of mammals corroborate the exceptional decline of prairie habitat in the Chicago region. Journal of Mammalogy 82:984-992.
[21]  Pergams, O. R. W. and M. V. Ashley. 2000. California Island deer mice: genetics, morphometrics, and evolution. Pages 278-288 in Browne, D. R., K. L. Mitchell, and H.W. Chaney (eds.) "Proceedings of the Fifth California Islands Symposium." 29 March to 1 April 1999. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA. Sponsored by the U.S. Minerals Management Service, Pacific OCS Region, 770 Paseo Camarillo, Camarillo, CA 93010. OCS Study No. 99-0038.
[22]  Pergams, O. R. W., R. C. Lacy, and M. V. Ashley. 2000. Conservation and management of Anacapa Island deer mice. Conservation Biology 14:819-832.
[23]  Pergams, O. R. W. and M. V. Ashley. 1999. Rapid morphological change in Channel Island deer mice. Evolution 53:1573-1581.