Ben Minteer

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4501

Biography

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, a position established by the Robert Maytag family when they founded what is now the Phoenix Zoo. 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 The Ark and Beyond: the Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (University of Chicago Press) and The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America (MIT Press). His next book, The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation (Columbia University Press), will appear in late 2018.

 

Education

PhD, University of Vermont, 2000

Research Interests

Environmental ethics, history & philosophy of conservation, American environmental thought, zoos, national parks, wilderness

 

Publications

Five Representative Publications:

  • Minteer, Ben A., Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins, eds. 2018. The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Stephen J. Pyne, eds. 2015. After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “Is it Right to Reverse Extinction?” Nature 509: 261.
  • Minteer, Ben A., James P. Collins, Karen E. Love, and Robert Puschendorf. 2014. “Avoiding (Re)Extinction” Science 344: 260-261.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and James P. Collins. 2013. “Ecological Ethics in Captivity: Balancing Values and Responsibilities in Zoo and Aquarium Research Under Rapid Global Change.” ILAR Journal 54: 41-51.

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BOOKS (published and in press)

  • Minteer, Ben A. In press. The Fall of the Wild: Extinction, De-Extinction, and the Ethics of Conservation (Columbia University Press).
  • Sarkar, Sahotra and Ben A. Minteer, eds. In press. A Sustainable Philosophy: The Work of Bryan Norton (Springer).
  • Minteer, Ben A., Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins, eds. 2018. The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Stephen J. Pyne, eds. 2015. After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans (University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2012. Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice (Temple University Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A., ed. 2009. Nature in Common? Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy (Temple University Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2006. The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America (MIT Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Robert E. Manning, eds. 2003. Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground (Island Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Bob Pepperman Taylor, eds. 2002. Democracy and the Claims of Nature: Critical Perspectives for a New Century (Rowman & Littlefield).

 

BOOKS (under contract and in progress)

  • Minteer, Ben A., Mark Klett, and Stephen J. Pyne. Wild Visions: Imaging and Imagining the American Wilderness (University of Chicago Press).

 

EDITED JOURNALS/SERIES

  • Minteer, Ben A., ed. 2012. “Environmental Ethics.” Article series for The Nature Knowledge Education Project (Nature Publications). Accessible at: http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/environmental-ethics-96467512.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Thad Miller, eds. 2011. “The New Conservation Debate: Beyond Parks vs. People.” Special issue of Biological Conservation 144.
  • Bird, Stephanie J., Minteer, Ben A., and James P. Collins, eds. 2008. “Ecological Ethics.”  Special issue of Science and Engineering Ethics 14.

 

ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND ESSAYS (SINCE 2012)

  • Minteer, Ben A. and Christopher Rojas. Forthcoming. “The Transformative Ark.”  In A Sustainable Philosophy: The Work of Bryan Norton, eds. Sahotra Sarkar and Ben A. Minteer (Springer).
  • Minteer, Ben A., Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins. 2018. “Zoo and Aquarium Conservation: Past, Present, Future.”  In The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation, eds. Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins (University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2018. “The Parallax Zoo.” In The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation, eds. Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins (University of Chicago Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A., James P. Collins, and Aireona Raschke, in press. “From the Wild to the Walled: The Evolution and Ethics of Zoo Conservation.”  Routledge Companion to Environmental Ethics, eds. Benjamin Hale and Andrew Light (Routledge).
  • Minteer, Ben A. In press. “Environmental Ethics.” Routledge Companion to Environmental Studies, eds. Noel Castree, Mike Hulme and James Proctor (NY: Routledge).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2017. “Environmental Ethics, Sustainability Science, and the Recovery of Pragmatism.” In The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, eds. Stephen M. Gardiner and Allen Thompson (Oxford University Press).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2017. “What Would Leopold Do? Considering Assisted Colonization as a Conservation Strategy.” For Routledge Handbook for the Philosophy of Biodiversity, eds. Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski, and Sahotra Sarkar (Routledge).
  • Wu, Tong, Charles Perrings, Ann Kinzig, James P. Collins, Ben A. Minteer, and Peter Daszak. 2017. “Economic Growth, Urbanization, Globalization, and the Risks of Emerging Infectious Diseases in China: A Review.” Ambio.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Robert E. Manning. 2016. “Wilderness Preserves.” In A Thinking Person’s Guide to the National Parks, eds. Robert E. Manning, David Harmon, Nora Mitchell, and Rolf Diamant (George Braziller, Inc.): 105-115.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2016. “The Real Zootopia.” Slate (3/3/16). http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/03/the_real_zootopia_in_denmark_has_experts_divided_on_the_state_of_the_zoo.html
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2015. “Why Edward Abbey Still Matters.”  Earth Island Journal (5/15/15). http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/why_edward_abbey_still_matters/
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Stephen J. Pyne. 2015. “What Does it Mean to Preserve Nature in the Age of Humans?” The Conversation (5/1/15). https://theconversation.com/what-does-it-mean-to-preserve-nature-in-the-age-of-humans-39987
  • Minteer, Ben A.  2015. “Abbey’s Secret.” In Abbey in America: A Philosopher’s Legacy in a New Century, ed. John A. Murray (University of New Mexico Press): 57-64.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2015. “When Extinction is a Virtue.” In After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, eds. Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne (University of Chicago Press): 96-104.
  • Minteer, Ben and Steve Pyne. 2015. “Writing on Stone, Writing in the Wind.” In After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans, eds. Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne (University of Chicago Press): 1-8.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2015. “The Perils of De-Extinction.” Minding Nature 8 (1): 11-17.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “Extinct Species Should Stay Extinct.” Slate (December 1).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “Can Zoos Save the World?” The Conversation  (10/30/15).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “The Fall of the Wild? Not Really.” Slate (July 21).
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “A Kerfuffle Over Species Collection.” Slate (June 16).
  • Minteer, Ben A., James P. Collins, and Robert Puschendorf.  2014. Response to critics.  Science 344: 816
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2014. “Is it Right to Reverse Extinction?” Nature 509: 261.
  • Minteer, Ben A., James P. Collins, Karen E. Love, and Robert Puschendorf.  2014. “Avoiding (Re)Extinction” Science 344: 260-261.
  • Winston, Johnny, Ben A. Minteer, and James P. Collins. 2014.“Old Wine, New Bottles? Using History to Inform the Assisted Colonization Debate.” Oryx 48: 186-194.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and James P. Collins. 2013 “Ecosystems Unbound: Ethical Questions for an Interventionist Ecology.”  In Ronald Sandler, ed., Ethics and Emerging Technologies (Palgrave-Macmillan), pp. 456-470.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and James P. Collins. 2013. “Ecological Ethics in Captivity: Balancing Values and Responsibilities in Zoo and Aquarium Research Under Rapid Global Change.”  ILAR Journal 54: 41-51.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2013. “Conservation, Animal Rights, and Human Welfare: A Pragmatic View of the ‘Bushmeat Crisis’.” In Marc Bekoff, ed., Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp. 77-93.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Leah R. Gerber. 2013. “Buying Whales to Save Them.” Issues in Science and Technology 29: 58-68.
  • Wiek, Arnim, Michael J. Bernstein, Manfred Laubichler, Guido Caniglia, Ben Minteer, and Daniel Lang. 2013. “A Global Classroom for International Sustainability Education.” Creative Education 4: 19-28.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and Stephen J. Pyne. 2013. “Restoring the Narrative of American Environmentalism.” Restoration Ecology 21: 6-11.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2012. “Environmental Ethics” (Editor’s Introduction). Nature Education Knowledge  3. Accessible at: http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/environmental-ethics-96467512.
  • Minteer, Ben A. 2012. “Geoengineering and Ecological Ethics in the Anthropocene.” BioScience 62: 857-858
  • Schwartz, M.W., Hellmann, J.J., McLachlan, J.M. , Sax D.F., Borevitz, J.O., Brennan, J. Camacho, A.E. , Ceballos, G., Doremus, H., Early, R., Etterson, J.R., Gill, J., Gonzalez, P., Green, N., Hannah, L., Jamieson, D.W. , Javeline. D., Minteer, B.A., Odenbaugh, J., Polasky, S., Richardson, D.M., Root, T.L., Safford, H.D., Sala, O., Schneider, S.H., Thompson, A.R., Williams,  J.W., Vellend, M., Vitt, P., Zellmer, S. 2012. “Managed Relocation: Integrating the Scientific, Regulatory and Ethical Challenges.” BioScience 62: 732-743.
  • Minteer, Ben A. and James P. Collins. 2012. “Species Conservation, Rapid Environmental Change, and Ecological Ethics.” Nature Education Knowledge 3:14.

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
BIO 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
BIO 615 Biology and Society Lab
HPS 615 Biology and Society Lab
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 495 Undergraduate Research
SOS 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
BIO 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 189 Life Sciences Career Paths
PHI 310 Environmental Ethics
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 412 Conservation in Practice
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
BIO 527 Environ Ethics & Policy Goals
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PHI 310 Environmental Ethics
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 615 Biology and Society Lab
HPS 615 Biology and Society Lab
SOS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 412 Conservation in Practice
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
SOS 498 Pro-Seminar
SSH 498 Pro-Seminar
HPS 498 Pro-Seminar
HON 498 Pro-Seminar
BIO 498 Pro-Seminar
SOS 591 Seminar
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
SOS 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
BIO 412 Conservation in Practice
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 494 Special Topics
HPS 498 Pro-Seminar
SOS 498 Pro-Seminar
BIO 498 Pro-Seminar
SSH 498 Pro-Seminar
HON 498 Pro-Seminar
BIO 591 Seminar
SOS 591 Seminar
SOS 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
PHI 310 Environmental Ethics
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BIO 499 Individualized Instruction
SOS 799 Dissertation

Presentations

BIO 324/PHI 310 Environmental Ethics

BIO 412 Conservation in Practice

BIO 527/SOS 527/PHI 528 Environmental Ethics and Policy Goals

Service

  • University of Chicago Press, manuscript reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Collaboration with the Phoenix Zoo, AZ Zoological Society Chair (2013 - Present)
  • SoLS Communications Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • University of New Mexico Press, Manuscript reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • WIREs Climate Change, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • BioScience, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Environment and Development, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Ethics, Policy and the Environment, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Ecological Economics, Referee (2012 - Present)
  • Synthese, referee (2011 - Present)
  • Environmental History, referee (2011 - Present)
  • Environmental Philosophy, referee (2011 - Present)
  • CLAS Committee on Committees, member (2011 - 2015)
  • Environmental Ethics, Editorial Board (2010 - Present)
  • Environmental Ethics, Editorial Board (2010 - Present)
  • Oxford University Press, Manuscript reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Panel reviewer (2009 - 2014)
  • Ethics and the Environment, Referee (2010 - Present)
  • Journal for the Study of Nature, Religion & Culture, referee (2009 - Present)
  • SoLS Undergraduate Programs Committee, Committee Member (2009 - 2014)
  • Biological Conservation, Referee (2009 - Present)
  • University Press of Kentucky, Manuscript reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • SUNY Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2009 - Present)
  • Conservation Letters, Referee (2009 - Present)
  • Environmental Ethics, Referee (2009 - Present)
  • Gale/Cengage GREENr Prpoject (Multi-Media Resource for Sustainability), Editorial Advisory Board Member (2009 - 2011)
  • Conservation Biology, Referee (2006 - Present)
  • Environmental Values, Referee (2006 - Present)
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Referee (2006 - Present)
  • ASU National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, committe member -- Udall Scholarship Competition; Marshall Interview Committee (2004 - Present)
  • ASU National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, committe member -- Udall Scholarship Competition; Marshall Interview Committee (2004 - Present)
  • Environmental Ethics, Editorial Board Member (2010 - 2020)
  • Politics & Policy, Referee (2010 - 2011)
  • Temple University Press, manuscript reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • CLAS Faculty Senate, Member (2006 - 2008)
  • National Scholarships and Fellowships Committee, Member (2004 - 2007)
  • SoLS Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • SoLS Collections Committee, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • SoLS Human Dimensions Speaker Nomination Committee, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Conservation Biology, Referee (2006 - 2006)
  • Island Press, Book Proposal Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • SoLS Sustainability Committee, Member (2006 - 2006)
  • Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Council, Affiliate (2004 - 2006)
  • SUNY Press, Book Manuscript Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Ecology, Referee (2006 - 2006)
  • Students for Environmental Action, Faculty Advisor (2004 - 2005)
  • National Science Foundation, Proposal Reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • MIT Press, Reviewer (2004 - 2004)
  • Philosophy and Geography, Referee (2004)
  • Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, Referee (2004)
  • Environmental Ethics, Referee (Present)
  • Landscape and Urban Planning, referee (Present)
  • Restoration Ecology, referee (Present)