University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Paul Ehrlich

Paul Ehrlich Affiliate


PhD, University of Kansas

MA, University of Kansas

AB, Zoology, University of Pennsylvania



At present Dr. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies and President of the Center for Conservation Biology, Department of Biology, Stanford University. He is also an Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney. He has been a member of the Stanford University faculty since 1959.

Professor Ehrlich's research spans Population Biology (includes ecology, evolutionary biology, behavior, and human ecology and cultural evolution). Ehrlich has carried out field, laboratory and theoretical research on a wide array of problems ranging from the dynamics and genetics of insect populations, studies of the ecological and evolutionary interactions of plants and herbivores, and the behavioral ecology of birds and reef fishes, to experimental studies of the effects of crowding on human beings. He collaborates with colleagues in biology and in the disciplines of economics, psychology, political science, and the law, in policy research on the human predicament, and is heavily involved in the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB).

Dr. Ehrlich is the author and coauthor of more than 1000 scientific papers and articles in the popular press and over 40 books, including The Population Bomb, The Process of Evolution, Ecoscience, The Machinery of Nature, Extinction, Earth, The Science of Ecology, The Birder's Handbook, New World/New Mind, The Population Explosion, Healing the Planet, Birds in Jeopardy, The Stork and the Plow, Betrayal of Science and Reason, A World of Wounds, Human Natures, Wild Solutions, On the Wings of Checkerspots, One with Nineveh, The Dominant Animal, Conservation Biology for All, and Humanity on a Tightrope.

A few of his many Affiliations and Honors: Dr. Ehrlich is a member of many scientific societies and organizations, serving as director or board member for many; he is an Honorary President of Zero Population Growth, and was President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and an Honorary Member of the British Ecological Society. Among his many other honors: the First AAAS/Scientific American Prize for Science in the Service of Humanity; the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Crafoord Prize in Population Biology and the Conservation of Biological Diversity (an explicit replacement for the Nobel Prize for areas where the Nobel is not given); a MacArthur Prize Fellowship; the Volvo Environment Prize; the International Center for Tropical Ecology, World Ecology Medal; International Ecology Institute Prize; UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize; the Heinz Award for the Environment; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences; the Blue Planet Prize of the Asahi Glass Foundation, Japan; the Eminent Ecologist award of the Ecological Society of America, and the Margalef Prize in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Additionally Dr. Ehrlich has appeared as a guest on many hundreds of TV and radio programs; he also was a correspondent for NBC News. He has given hundreds of public lectures in the past 40 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

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