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Michelle Marvier

Michelle Marvier



PhD 1996, University of California, Santa Cruz

Teaching and Research Vision

One of the most profound changes in ecology over the last fifteen years has been a realization that academic science must do a better job of serving the public and helping inform critical societal decisions. Science that illuminates public decisions, but does not prescribe those decisions, is the vision that shapes my research, my classroom teaching, my one-on-one mentoring, and my professional service.

My research program has coalesced around the theme of informing environmental policy and strategy. This entails endangered species management, conservation investment, and environmental risk assessment. Much of my research entails analyzing data collected by others, building databases from a variety of public sources and analyzing these data, or critically evaluating alternative recommendations for environmental action.

In my teaching, I try to include in every course, regardless of level, special exercises that bring science to bear on major societal policy debates. These projects typically involve pulling together data from various web-based databases and analyzing the data in novel ways. Helping students to apply scientific thinking and quantitative skills to issues of societal relevance has become a major theme of my teaching.


ENVS 110: Statistics for Environmental Science

ENVS 153: Conservation Science


Kareiva, P. and M. Marvier. 2015. Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature. 2nd ed. Roberts & Co.

Kareiva, P., C. Groves, and M. Marvier. 2014. The evolving linkage between conservation science and practice at The Nature Conservancy. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Marvier, M. 2014. New conservation is true conservation. Conservation Biology 28: 1-3.

Marvier, M. 2014. A call for ecumenical conservation. Animal Conservation.

Marvier, M. and H. Wong. 2012. Winning back broad public support for conservation. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 2:291-295.

Kareiva, P. and M. Marvier. 2012. What is conservation science? Bioscience 62:962-969. 

Kareiva, P., R. Lalasz, and M. Marvier. 2011. Conservation in the Anthropocene. Breakthrough Journal 2:26-36.

Marvier, M. 2011. Using meta-analysis to inform risk assessment and risk management. Journal of Consumer Protection and Food Safety 6:113-118.

Duan, J. J., J. G. Lundgren, S. Naranjo, and M. Marvier. 2009. Extrapolating non-target risk of Bt crops from laboratory to field. Biology Letters 6: 74-77.

Marvier, M., Y. Carrière, N. Ellstrand, P. Gepts, P. Kareiva, E. Rosi-Marshall, B. E. Tabashnik, L. L. Wolfenbarger. 2008. Harvesting data from genetically engineered crops. Science 320: 452-453.

Tallis, H., P. Kareiva, P., M. Marvier, and A. Chang. 2008. An ecosystem services framework to support both practical conservation and economic development. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 105: 9457-9464.

Kareiva, P., A. Chang, and M. Marvier. 2008. Development and conservation goals in World Bank projects. Science 321: 1638-1639.