David Ehrenfeld

Professor II of Biology

Address:  122 ENR, 14 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551
Phone: (848) 932-9553     FAX: (732) 932-2587


B.A. Harvard College
M.D. Harvard Medical School
Ph.D. University of Florida (zoology)


Conservation biology; the environment, civilization, and technology; marine turtles; environment-related writing; post-petroleum society; the university in the 21st century.


2011 Teacher of the Year: Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Courses taught:

Fall semester: 11:704:361, Field Ecology (undergraduate)
  16:215:604, Field Ecology (graduate)
  16:215:510, Conservation Ecology (graduate)
Spring semester: 11:704:317, Conservation Ecology (undergraduate)
  11:704:351, Principles of Ecology (undergraduate; I am the course coordinator and 1 of 5 lecturers)

Editorial Positions:

Conservation Biology: Founding Editor, Consulting Editor (1994 - -)

Conservation, Editorial Advisory Board

Koedoe: African Protected Area Conservation and Science, Editorial Board

Select Peer-reviewed Papers:

Curtis, F. and D. Ehrenfeld. 2012. "The new geography of trade: Globalization's decline may stimulate local recovery," Solutions Jan-Feb 2012.

Ehrenfeld, D. 2009. "Urban wetlands: An opportunity for environmental conservation in China," Asian Journal of Ecotoxicology, vol 4(2) 295-299.

Ehrenfeld, D. 2006. "Transgenics and vertebrate cloning as tools for species conservation,"  Cons. Biol. 20(3):723-32.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2005.  "The environmental limits to globalization," Cons. Biol. 19 (2) 318-326.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2005.  "Sustainability: Living with imperfection," Cons. Biol.  19 (1) 33-35.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2003.  "Globalization: Effects on biodiversity, environment, and society," Conservation and Society (New Delhi) 1(1): 99-111.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2001.  "A postscript to Orr's commandments,"  Cons. Biol. 15(4): 825-826.

Etkina, E. and D. Ehrenfeld. 2000. "Helping ecology students to read: the use of reading reports," BioScience 50(7):602-608.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2000.  "War and peace and conservation biology,"  Conservation Biology 14(1): 105-112.

Select Book Chapters:

Ehrenfeld, D.  2005.  "Unethical contexts for ethical questions," In: Expanding Horizons in Bioethics, vol. 2, A. Galston and C. Peppard, eds., Springer.

Ehrenfeld, D.  2002.  "Hard times for diversity," in Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture, A. Kimbrell, ed., Island Press, 29-33.

Meylan, A. and D. Ehrenfeld.  2000.  "Conservation of marine turtles," in Turtle Conservation, M. W. Klemens, ed., Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp. 96-125.


2009. David Ehrenfeld. Becoming Good Ancestors: How We Balance Nature, Community, and Technology. New York: Oxford University Press.

2002. David Ehrenfeld. Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology. New York: Oxford University Press.

1995: David Ehrenfeld, ed. Readings From Conservation Biology. 6 vols. To Preserve Biodiversity - An Overview; The Social Dimension; Wildlife and Forests; Plant Conservation; The Landscape Perspective; Genes, Populations, and Species) Malden, MA: Blackwell Science

1993, 1995: David Ehrenfeld, Beginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium. New York: Oxford University Press.

1980: Carol K. Mack and David Ehrenfeld, The Chameleon Variant. New York: Dial Press.

1978, 1981: David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism. New York: Oxford University Press.

1972: David Ehrenfeld, Conserving Life on Earth. New York: Oxford University Press.

1970: David Ehrenfeld, Biological Conservation. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Select Invited Lectures:

"Biodiversity and Global Trade," Symposium on Biodiversity Change: Science, Society, and Policy, University of Massachusetts/Boston, December, 2011.

Third Annual Khoshoo Memorial Lecture, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, New Delhi, India, June 2006.

Welcoming address, Beijing International Symposium on Biological Invasions, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, June, 2004.

"The Joseph Strategy," Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, April, 2003.

"Globalization and Biodiversity," Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences, University of Minnesota Law School, St. Paul, Nov., 2003.

"Widening the context in the biotechnology wars," The Rachel Carson Lecture, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, May, 2002.

E. F. Schumacher Lecture, (sponsored by 29 organizations in western Massachusetts, eastern New York, and northwest Connecticut - including the E. F. Schumacher Society, The Nature Conservancy (Berkshire-Taconic region), and the UMass Extension Agroecology Program), May, 2002.

Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, December, 2002.

"The globalization of conservation," and "The costs of e-communication," Technology and Globalization Teach-In, sponsored by The International Forum on Globalization, New York Open Center, and The Nation Institute, Hunter College, New York, February 25, 2001.

"Leadership Panel I: Conservation strategies; orientation and navigation research,"  21st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Philadelphia, February 26, 2001.

Unethical contexts for ethical questions,"  The Galston Lectures in Bioethics and Public Policy, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, New Haven, December, 2001.

"Hot spots and the globalization of conservation," Oregon State University, Corvallis, April, 2000.  (Chosen by the graduate students as their invited lecturer for the year.)


2002: David Ehrenfeld, "The cow tipping point," Harper's Magazine, 305:13-20.

1997: David Ehrenfeld, "A techno-pox upon the land," Harper's Magazine , 295: 13-17.