- Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair Professor of Environmental Ethics and Conservation, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Ben A. Minteer is professor of environmental ethics and conservation and the Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair in the School of Life Sciences at ASU. His work grapples with two big questions: What obligations do we have toward species and wildlands in a rapidly changing and increasingly human-shaped environment? And how can a better understanding of the American conservation tradition enhance our efforts to secure a biologically and culturally rich environmental future? His writing is grounded in the tradition of American Pragmatism, especially its moral, scientific, and civic traditions. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature (Chicago).
Professor Minteer's work has appeared in Science, Nature, PNAS, BioScience, Conservation Biology, Environmental Ethics, Slate, and Earth Island Journal, among other outlets. He has also published many books, including most recently The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation (Columbia University Press) and The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (University of Chicago Press).
- PhD, Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2000
- MS, Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont, 1996
- BA, Anthropology, University of Albany, State University of New York, 1991
- ecological ethics
- environmental policy
- ethical and historical foundations of ecological management
- ethical and historical foundations of sustainability
- history of conservation/environmentalism
- philosophy of conservation/environmentalism
- environmental ethics
- environmental philosophy
- environmental humanities
- animal studies
- environmental history
- nature writing
Wu, T., C. Perrings, C. Shang, J. P. Collins, P. Daszak, A. Kinzig and B. A. Minteer. 2020. Protection of wetlands as a strategy for reducing the spread of avian influenza from migratory waterfowl. Ambio 49:939-949. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01238-2. (link )
Wu, T., C. Perrings, A. Kinzig, J. P. Collins, B. A. Minteer and P. Daszak. 2017. Economic growth, urbanization, globalization, and the risks of emerging infectious diseases in China: A review. Ambio 46(1):18-29. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0809-2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2013. Ecological ethics in captivity: Balancing values and responsibilities in zoo and aquarium research under rapid global change. ILAR Journal 54(1):41-51. DOI: 10.1093/ilar/ilt009. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology Online 29(3):58-68. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne. 2013. Restoring the narrative of American environmentalism. Restoration Ecology 21(1):6-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00909.x. (link )
Wiek, A., M. J. Bernstein, M. D. Laubichler, G. Caniglia, B. Minteer and D. J. Lang. 2013. A global classroom for international sustainability education. Creative Education 4(4A):19-28. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2013.44A004. (link )
Winston, J. M., B. A. Minteer and J. P. Collins. 2013. Old wine, new bottles? Using history to inform the assisted colonization debate. Oryx FirstView:1-9. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605312001500. (link )
Minteer, B. A. 2012. Geoengineering and ecological ethics in the Anthropocene. Bioscience 62(10):857-858. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.10.2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2012. Species conservation, rapid environmental change, and ecological ethics. Nature Education Knowledge 3(6):14. (link )
Schwartz, M. W., J. J. Hellmann, J. M. Mclachlan, D. F. Sax, J. O. Borevitz, J. Brennan, A. E. Camacho, G. Ceballos, J. R. Clark, H. Doremus, R. Early, J. R. Etterson, D. Fielder, J. L. Gill, P. Gonzalez, N. Green, L. Hannah, D. W. Jamieson, D. Javeline, B. A. Minteer, J. Odenbaugh, S. Polasky, D. M. Richardson, T. L. Root, H. D. Safford, O. E. Sala, S. H. Schneider, A. R. Thompson, J. W. Williams, M. Vellend, P. Vitt and S. Zellmer. 2012. Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. BioScience 62(8):732-743. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.6 . (link )
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2011. The new conservation debate: Beyond parks versus people. Biological Conservation 144. (link )
Miller, T. R., B. A. Minteer and L. C. Malan. 2011. The new conservation debate: The view from practical ethics. Biological Conservation 144(3):948-957. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.07.027. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and T. R. Miller. 2011. The new conservation debate: Ethical foundations strategic trade-offs, and policy opportunities. Biological Conservation 144(3):945-947. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.07.027. (link )
Camacho, A. E., H. Doremus, J. M. Mclachlan and B. A. Minteer. 2010. Reassessing conservation goals in a changing climate. Issues in Science and Technology 26:21-26. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2010. Move it or lose it? The ecological ethics of relocating species under climate change. Ecological Applications 20(7):1801-1804. (link )
Richardson, D. M., J. J. Hellmann, J. M. Mclachlan, D. F. Sax, M. W. Schwartz, P. Gonzalez, E. J. Brennan, A. E. Camacho, T. L. Root, O. E. Sala, S. H. Schneider, D. M. Ashe, J. Rappaport Clark, R. Early, J. R. Etterson, E. D. Fielder, J. L. Gill, B. A. Minteer, S. Polasky, H. D. Safford, A. R. Thompson and M. Vellend. 2009. Multidimensional evaluation of managed relocation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(24):9721-9724. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0902327106. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2008. From environmental to ecological ethics: Towards a practical ethics for ecologists and conservationists. Science and Engineering Ethics 14(4):483-501. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-008-9087-0. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and E. A. Corley. 2007. Conservation or preservation? A qualitative study of the conceptual foundations of natural resource management. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20(4):307-333. DOI: 10.1007/s10806-007-9040-2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2006. Response to Rominger. Conservation Biology 20(5):1341. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00535_3.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Ecological ethics: Building a new tool kit for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Conservation Biology 19(6):1803-1812. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00281.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Why we need an "ecological ethics". Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3(6):332-337. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0332:WWNAEE]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Minteer, B. A., E. A. Corley and R. E. Manning. 2004. Environmental ethics beyond principle? The case for a pragmatic contextualism. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17(2):131-156. DOI: 10.1023/B:JAGE.0000017392.71870.1f. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds. 2015. After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. ISBN: 9780226259826.
Minteer, B. A. 2012. Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice. Temple University Press.
Minteer, B. A. ed. 2009. Nature in Common? Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy. Temple University Press.
Minteer, B. A. 2006. The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America. MIT Press.
Minteer, B. A. and R. E. Manning eds. 2003. Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground. Island Press.
Minteer, B. A. and B. P. Taylor eds. 2002. Democracy and the Claims of Nature: Critical Perspectives for a New Century. Rowman & LIttlefield.
Minteer, B. A. 2018. Environmental Ethics. Pp. 291-297 In: Castree, N., M. Hulme and J. D. Proctor eds., Companion to Environmental Studies. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138192201.
Minteer, B. A. 2015. When extinction is a virtue. Pp. Chapter 12 In: Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds., After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN: 9780226259826.
Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne. 2015. Writing on stone, writing in the wind. Pp. Chapter 1 In: Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds., After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicao Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN: 9780226259826.
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2014. Ecosystems unbound: Ethical questions for an interventionist ecology. Pp. 456-470 In: Sandler, R. L. ed., Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-0230367036.
Minteer, B. A. 2013. Conservation, animal rights, and human welfare: A pragmatic view of the "Bushmeat Crisis". Pp. 77-94 In: Bekoff, M. ed., Ignorning Nature No More: The case for Compassionate Conservation. University of Chicago Press.
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2011. A practical ethics for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Pp. 140-160 In: Minteer, B. A. ed., Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice. Temple University Press.
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2008. Ecological ethics: Building a new tool kit for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Pp. 353-359 In: Armstrong, S. J. and R. G. Botzler eds., The Animal Ethcs Reader, 2nd Edition. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415775397.
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2008. Parks, people and posterity: A normative analysis of international conservation. Poster presented February 1 Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Science (GELSS) Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2008. Parks, people and posterity: Reconsidering the ethical implications of international conservation. Poster presented July 14-15 at the Society for Conservations Biology Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN.
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2007. An ecological ethics for a crowded planet: Assessing the normative foundations of an emerging ESA vision. Poster presented August 8 at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Abstract PS 19-180, San Jose, CA.
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2007. Parks, people and posterity: A normative analysis of international conservation projects. Poster presented June 18 at the annual meeting of International Symposium on Society and Resource Management; Abstract PC10, Park City, UT.