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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Gary Machlis

Gary Machlis

Office: CNR 16A
Phone: (202) 219-8933
Email: gmachlis@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Main Interior Building
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
Professor of Conservation
Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service

Home Town: Seattle, Washington
Campus Locations: Washington, DC
With UI Since 1979

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Social ecology
    • Relationship between biophysical and socioeconomic systems
    • Development of usable knowledge for conservation
    • Resource management
    • Sustainability sciences
    • Warfare ecology
  • Biography
    Dr. Machlis is Professor of Conservation at the University of Idaho, and Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service. He is the first scientist appointed to this position, and advises on a range of science policy issues and programs. Dr. Machlis has served as Interim Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Idaho and been a visiting professor at Nanjing Technological College in China and at Yale University. Dr. Machlis received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, including The State of the World's Parks (1985), the first systematic study of threats to protected areas around the world. He is currently at work on his next co-authored book, The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems, to be published by Yale University Press in 2011. His research has been published in journals as varied as Science, Society and Natural Resources, Conservation Biology, BioScience, and Climatic Change. In 2010, Dr. Machlis was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Selected Publications
    • Machlis, G.E., T. Hanson, and Z. Spiric. In press. Warfare Ecology: Synthesis, Priorities, and Implications for Peace and Security. London, United Kingdom: Springer.
    • Machlis, G.E. and M. McNutt. 2010. Scenario building for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Science. 329: 1018-1019.
    • McKendry, J.E. and G.E. Machlis. 2009. Cartographic design and the quality of climate change maps. Climatic Change 5(1-2): 219-230.
    • Hanson, T., T.M. Brooks, G.A.B. da Fonseca, M. Hoffman, J.F. Lamoreaux, G.E. Machlis, C.G. Mittermeier, R.A. Mittermeier, and J.D. Pilgrim. 2009. Warfare in biodiversity hotspots. Conservation Biology 23(3): 578-587.
    • Machlis, G.E. and T. Hanson. 2008. Warfare Ecology. BioScience 58(8): 729-736.

    *See CV for full list of publications, projects, and awards.
  • Research Projects

    Dr. Machlis’ research focuses on the relationship between biophysical and socioeconomic systems, and the development of usable knowledge for conservation, resource management, and the sustainability sciences. Since 1997 he has, along with colleagues Dr. Jo Ellen Force (UI), Dr. Bill Burch (Yale), and numerous students, been exploring the structure of human ecosystems. They have been developing and applying the Human Ecosystem Model (HEM) to a wide range of complex resource problems from monitoring Sonoran desert ecosystems to training urban resource managers in Asia to climate change policy and recovery planning related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Out of this effort has emerged the Human Ecosystems Study Group (HESG) and several publications.

    An emerging area of research involves his study of peace and security and Dr. Machlis is a leader in developing the emerging field of warfare ecology.

  • Outreach Projects
    • Co-Chair, AAAS Project to Advance Science and Science Education in Haiti, 2010-present
    • Advisory Board Member, Center for the Advancement of Science and Engineering Capacity, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009-present Advisory Board Member, Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Fort Pierce, Florida, 2008-present
    • Member, Committee on Opportunities for Women and Minorities in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, (appointed) 2001-2003; (reappointed) 2003-2005; (reappointed) 2005-2007; advisor at large, 2007-present
    • Wings Worldwide Advisory Committee, Explorer's Club, New York City, New York, 2006-present Founding Member, Wolong Nature Reserve International Advisory Council, Sichuan, China, 2005-2009
  • Awards and Honors
    • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009.
    • Special Achievement Award for the development of the National Park Service Social Science program, the Canon Scholars Program, and the CESU Network, George Wright Society, 2007.
    • Conservation Service Award for leadership in the development and implementation of Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network, Department of the Interior, 2000.