College: Harvard College, B.A. 1959 (magna cum laude in American history).
Medical School: Harvard Medical School, M.D. 1963 (with special honors in biochemistry).
Graduate School: University of Florida, Ph.D. 1966 (zoology — dissertation adviser, Archie Carr).
1967-1974: Assistant to Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Barnard College, Columbia University.
1974-1996: Professor of Biology, Rutgers University.
1996-present: Distinguished Professor of Biology, Dept. Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University.
1970: Biological Conservation, Holt, Rinehart & Winston. One of the first of the modern texts on conservation.
1972: Conserving Life on Earth, Oxford University Press.
1978, 1981: The Arrogance of Humanism, Oxford University Press. A critical examination of the adequacy of human control of modern society and its inventions.
1980, 1981: The Chameleon Variant, C. K. Mack and David Ehrenfeld, Dial Press (hardcover), Popular Library (paperback). A novel about an abuse of genetic engineering and its effect on a small Connecticut town.
1989-2002: “Raritan Letter,” a regular column for Orion magazine.
1993: Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium, Oxford University Press.
2002: Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology, Oxford University Press.
2009: Becoming Good Ancestors: How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology, Oxford University Press. (An extensively revised and expanded edition of my previous book.)
I have also written numerous magazine and newspaper articles (for Harper’s Magazine, New Scientist, Technology Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many others); I publish in scientific journals, have given a TEDx talk, and write chapters in books.
I was the Founding Editor (1987-93) and from 1994 until 2012 was Consulting Editor of the international scientific journal, Conservation Biology (Blackwell Science), the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology played a central role in defining the rapidly growing discipline of conservation biology, and became the leading journal in the field.
I have lectured widely to diverse groups, including those at: the public high schools of Yakima, Washington; the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago; the Land Festival, Salina, Kansas; the American Littoral Society (at the American Museum of Natural History), New York City; the Lowell Institute Lectures (at the New England Aquarium), Boston; the Modern Churchpeople’s Union, Hertfordshire, England; the Couchiching Conference, Ontario, Canada; the Institute on National Affairs of Iowa State University, Ames; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; the American Fisheries Society, Oregon; the New York Botanical Gardens, New York City; the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken; Princeton University, Princeton; the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values, Cambridge; the University of New Hampshire at Durham; North Carolina State University, Raleigh; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Association of Professional Biologists of British Columbia, Vancouver; the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York City; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; The Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens; Oregon State University, Corvallis; the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven; the New York Open Center, New York City; Institution of Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, New Haven; the Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca; University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis/St. Paul; Khoshoo Memorial Lecture, New Delhi; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Institute of Urban Environment, Xiamen, China, and others. I have also made numerous radio and television broadcasts in the U.S. and Canada.
Selected as Fellow (1986) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Distinguished Achievement Award (1993) of the Society for Conservation Biology. “For writing and editing that have guided the development of the field of conservation biology.”
Teacher of the Year (2011), Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Conservation Biology: Founding Editor, Consulting Editor (1994–2012).
Conservation magazine, Editorial Advisory Board.
Koedoe: African Protected Area Conservation and Science (South Africa), Editorial Board.
Educational Foundation of America, Westport, CT, Board of Directors, 1998-2002.
Sea Turtle Conservancy (formerly, Caribbean Conservation Corporation), Gainesville, FL, Board of Directors, 1970–.
E. F. Schumacher Society, Board of Directors, Gt. Barrington, MA, 1980—2002.
International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Switzerland, Member of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group, 1970–2000.
Board of Health, Highland Park, NJ, 2002–.
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