Michelle Marvier

Professor, Santa Clara University

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Michelle Marvier is professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University and coauthor of the pathbreaking textbook Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature. Michelle has published widely in the fields of endangered species management, conservation investment, and environmental risk assessment, and she is on the editorial board of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. "Science that illuminates public decisions, but does not prescribe those decisions," Michelle says, "is the vision that shapes my research, my classroom teaching, my one-on-one mentoring, and my professional service." This vision has translated into extensive research on ecosystem services and their benefits for humans, as well as the various bases for priority-setting in conservation and how public support for conservation can be increased. Michelle's engagement in these topics has put her at the cutting edge of the American and global conservation movement. An essay she co-wrote for the Breakthrough Journal, later followed up by a peer-reviewed article in BioScience, has stirred much debate and defined the possibilities and controversies surrounding emerging novel approaches to conservation.


Publications by Michelle Marvier


Conservation Science (Roberts 2010)






 "Conservation in the Anthropocene," Breakthrough Journal, Issue 2 (Winter 2012).


Kareiva, Peter & Marvier, Michelle, "What is Conservation Science," BioScience 62(11):962-969 (2012).


Marvier, Michelle & Wong, Hazel, "Resurrecting the Conservation Movement," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2(4): 291-295 (2012).


Duan, Jian, Jonathan Lundgren, Steve Naranjo, and Michelle Marvier, "Extrapolating non-target risk of Bt crops from laboratory to field," Biology Letters 6: 74-77 (2009).


Marvier, Michelle, Yves Carrière, Norman Ellstrand, Paul Gepts, Peter Kareiva, Emma Rosi-Marshall, Bruce Tabashnik, L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger, "Harvesting data from genetically engineered crops," Science 320: 452-453 (2008).


Tallis, Heather, Peter Kareiva, Michelle Marvier, and Amy Chang, "An Ecosystem Services Framework to Support Both Practical Conservation and Economic Development," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (28): 9457-9564 (2008).