Michael Paul Nelson

Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Oregon State University

Michael Paul Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy. He holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and serves as the Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program at Oregon State University. He is the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world. Michael is the co-founder and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, an award-winning environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science, and serves as a senior fellow for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

He is the author of many articles, and the author or editor of a number of books, in and around the area of environmental ethics. Michael is called upon regularly by various government agencies and conservation organizations to assist with understanding the ethical implications of natural resource management decisions. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his wife Heather.

Experience

  • –present
    Ruth H Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon State University