Ben Minteer

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Maytag Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


Ben A. Minteer's work explores the intersection of environmental ethics, ecology, and conservation, especially the impact of global environmental change on our understandings of environmental responsibility. Two broad questions have driven much of Minteer's research and writing in this area: What responsibilities do we have regarding wild species and communities in a rapidly transforming — and increasingly human-modified — environment? And how can we design effective and ethically well-justified policies that track evolving societal views of biodiversity and ecosystems? 

Minteer also writes on the intellectual history of conservation and environmentalism, and on the influence of pragmatist ideas on the development of American environmental thought, politics, and practice. He currently holds the Maytag Professorship in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, an endowed chair established by the Maytag family at the time it made possible the founding of the Phoenix Zoo.


ecological ethics; environmental policy; ethical and historical foundations of ecological management; ethical and historical foundations of sustainability; history of conservation/environmentalism; philosophy of conservation/environmentalism; environmental ethics; environmental philosophy; conservation biology; conservation policy


    Ph.D., Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2000

    M.S., Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont, 1996

    B.A., Anthropology, University of Albany, State University of New York, 1991

Journal Articles


Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne. 2013. Restoring the narrative of American environmentalism. Restoration Ecology 21(1):6-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00909.x. (link)

Minteer, B. A. and L. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology Online 29(3):58-68. (link)

Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2013. Ecological ethics in captivity: Balancing values and responsibilities in zoo and aquarium research under rapid global change. ILAR Journal 54(1):41-51. DOI: 10.1093/ilar/ilt009. (link)

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Minteer, B. A. 2012. Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice. Temple University Press.


Minteer, B. A. ed. 2009. Nature in Common? Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy. Temple University Press.


Minteer, B. A. 2006. The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America. MIT Press.

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Book Chapters

In Press

Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. Ecosystems unbound: Ethical questions for an interventionist ecology. In: Sandler, R. ed., Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Palgrave-Macmillan.


Minteer, B. A. 2013. Conservation, animal rights, and human welfare: A pragmatic view of the "Bushmeat Crisis". Pp. 77-94 In: Bekoff, M. ed., Ignorning Nature No More: The case for Compassionate Conservation. University of Chicago Press.


Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2011. A practical ethics for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Pp. 140-160 In: Minteer, B. A. ed., Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice. Temple University Press.



Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2008. Parks, people and posterity: A normative analysis of international conservation. Poster presented February 1 Graduates in Earth, Life and Social Science (GELSS) Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Miller, T. and B. A. Minteer. 2008. Parks, people and posterity: Reconsidering the ethical implications of international conservation. Poster presented July 14-15 at the Society for Conservations Biology Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN.


Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2007. An ecological ethics for a crowded planet: Assessing the normative foundations of an emerging ESA vision. Poster presented August 8 at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Abstract PS 19-180, San Jose, CA.

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