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Human Dimensions

This faculty group focuses research and education on human interactions with nature and the environment; the science of humans (behavior and evolution); science as a human endeavor (history and philosophy of science); and the interplay of science and society in the context of education, public policy, law and daily life.

Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor


Michael Angilletta

Angilletta combines models and experiments to understand how animal populations adapt to changing environments.

Debra Baluch
Associate Research Scientist

Baluch oversees the W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences. Her research is focused on studying the behavior of cells and tissue using advanced microscopy techniques.

ASU/School of Life Sciences 427 E Tyler Mall
Sara Brownell
Assistant Professor

Brownell is a neuroscientist turned full-time education researcher, who teaches undergraduate biology while studying biology education.

Madhavi Chakravadhanula
Project Coordinator

Chakravadhanula manages the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), an NIH funded STEM initiative to encourage underrepresented students to achieve their career goals in science.

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Samantha Cheng
Research Assistant Professor

Cheng is associate director of Conservation Evidence, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Matthew Chew

Matt Chew is an instructor of biology and society courses at ASU. He conducts a field course in 'novel ecosystems' and lectures on the 'history of biology.'

LSA 252
Richard Creath
President's Professor

Creath is a philosopher of science who uses historical methods to study fundamental questions about the role of logic, mathematics, scientific methods and even philosophy within science.

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Karin Ellison
Administrative Professional

Ellison's research and teaching focus on research ethics and ethics education. She directs the School of Life Science Ethics Program, is an editor for the Online Ethics Center (onlineethics.org), and serves on the APPE board.

LSC 270
Leah Gerber
Professor; Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Gerber aims to accelerate the success of biodiversity management and sustainable biodiversity outcomes by fostering relationships among academics and decision makers.

LSA 212
Steven Hoffman
Emeritus Professor

Steven Hoffman is an immunologist, neuroscientist and philosopher who has studied how the immune system and brain interact, and currently is integrating this work into philosophical perspectives.

LSE 617
Ben Hurlbut
Associate Professor

Hurlbut is trained in the history of modern biomedical and life sciences. His research lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, bioethics and political theory.

Ann Kinzig

Kinzig looks at how humans shape and influence their natural environments and what this means for human health and Earth's ecosystems. Her work focuses on ecosystem services and the resilience of natural-resource systems.

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Manfred Laubichler
President's Professor

Laubichler is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. He is director of the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU and the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems

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Jane Maienschein
Regents’ Professor, President’s Professor and University Professor

Maienschein and her team research embryology, genetics, and cell biology. She specializes in the history and philosophy of biology and the way biology, bioethics and bio-policy play out in society.

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Gary Marchant
Regents' Professor; Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics

Marchant frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences. He's authored more than 150 articles and book chapters on various issues related to emerging technologies.

LAW 120F
Ben Minteer

Minteer is an environmental ethicist and conservation scholar who writes on species extinction, wilderness, zoos, and the evolution of American environmental thought and practice.

LSA 262
Robert Page
Provost Emeritus; Foundation Chair of Life Sciences

Using the honey bee as a model, Regents' Professor Page has dissected their complex foraging division of labor at all levels of biological organization from gene networks to complex social interactions.

Fulton Center Suite 145
Charles Perrings

Perrings is co-director of School of Life Sciences Ecoservices Group—a group researching the interactions between society and the biophysical environment.

LSA 127
Kathleen Pigg

Pigg is a paleobotanist who studies fossil plants that are related to modern groups of conifers, ferns and woody hardwood trees. Her group studies the origin of plants of the temperate deciduous biome.

LSE 744 Arizona State University
Stephen Pyne
Regents Professor

Pyne teaches courses on fire, the history exploration and science, and nonfiction writing. He is a world-renowned expert on fire and the history of fire.

LSA 220
Jason Robert
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Profsr

Jason Robert holds the Lincoln Chair in Ethics and is director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. A bioethicist and philosopher of biology, he is also Dean's Distinguished Professor in the Life Sciences.

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, ASU MC 9230, 111 E Taylor St, Ste 293
Andrew Smith
Emeritus Professor

Smith is a conservation biologist who works with mammals, primarily pikas, in the mountains of western United States and on the Tibetan Plateau. He serves as chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group.

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Beckett Sterner
Assistant Professor

Sterner studies how mathematics is transforming biology. Topics include: biodiversity data aggregation, evolution of biological individuality, evolutionary tempo and mode, and methodology in systematic biology.

Center for Biology and Society PO Box 873301
Christian Wright
Instructional Professnl (FSC)