Dr. Longcore conducts research on the conservation of biodiversity in cities and beyond. His research includes investigation of the effects of artificial night lighting on wildlife; mapping, modeling, and management of species and habitats; and reconstruction of historical landscapes to better understand current and future land management options. His research makes use of diverse statistical tools, field and archival data, and geographic information systems. His collaborative work with UCLA undergraduates has contributed to understanding of wildlife movement and the impacts of anticoagulant rodenticides in the southern California landscape.
Among his accomplishments in the nonprofit, educational, and consulting sectors, Dr. Longcore co-developed science-based habitat restoration program and native plant nursery for coastal dune habitats and transferred operation to nonprofit training at-risk youth and young adults; directed the growth of the IOES senior practicum problems course in environmental science with competitive selection of student group projects for off-campus clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits; and managed a successful captive breeding program for endangered California butterflies, which he continues to oversee.
Dr. Longcore’s research has been covered in National Geographic, Audubon, New York Times, Washington Post, Science, Nature, Wall Street Journal, Life, and Discover. He has been recognized for his contributions to endangered species conservation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation.