Ann Kinzig

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Chief Research Strategist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • 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


Dr. Kinzig is Chief Research Strategist for the Global Institute of Sustainability; Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She leads the Sustainability Scientists working groups and the leadership training program for GIOS. Kinzig studies ecosystem services, conservation-development interactions, and the resilience of natural-resource systems. Dr. Kinzig studies ecosystem services, conservation-development interactions, and the resilience of natural-resource systems. She is currently involved in three major research projects: (1) examining the trade-offs between conservation and development goals in developing nations; (2) studying the resilience of pre-historic landscapes in the American Southwest; and (3) assessing ecosystem services, their valuation, and mechanisms for ensuring their continued delivery. Dr. Kinzig teaches courses in undergraduate research training, biodiversity and ecosystem services, urban ecology, and current environmental issues.).


ecology; biodiversity; conservation; ecosystem services; conservation biology; economics of ecosystem services; ecosystem ecology; urban ecology; urban social-ecological systems


    Ph.D., Energy and Resources, University of California - Berkeley, 1994

    M.A., Physics, University of California - Berkeley, 1988

    B.S., Physics, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, 1986

Journal Articles


Cutts, B. B., N. R. Moore, A. Fox-Gowda, A. C. Knox and A. P. Kinzig. 2013. Testing neighborhood, information seeking, and attitudes as explanations of environmental knowledge using random forest and conditional inference models. The Professional Geographer 65(4):561-579. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2012.724347.


Cutts, B. B., D. D. White and A. P. Kinzig. 2011. Participatory geographic information systems for the co-production of science and policy in an emerging boundary organization. Environmental Science and Policy 14(8):977-985. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2011.05.012.

Kinzig, A. P., C. K. Perrings, F. S. Chapin III, S. Polasky, V. K. Smith, D. Tilman and B. L. Turner II. 2011. Paying for ecosystem services—promise and peril. Science 334:603-604. DOI: 10.1126/science.1210297. (link)

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Walker, B. H., J. M. Anderies, A. P. Kinzig and P. Ryan eds. 2006. REQUIRED_VALUE. CSIRO Publishing. Collingwood, Australia.

Book Chapters

In Press

Cook, E. M., R. L. Hale, J. M. Grove and A. P. Kinzig. Urban-suburban biodiversity. In: Levin, L. A. ed., Encyclopedia of Biodiversity 2nd Edition. Elsevier Press.


Lepczyk, C. A., P. S. Warren, L. Machabee, A. P. Kinzig and A. Mertig. 2012. Who feeds the birds? A comparison across regions. Pp. 267-286 In: Lepczyk, C. A. and P. S. Warren eds., Studies in Avian Biology:Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation. Cooper Ornithological Society, University of California Press.

Nelson, M. C., M. Hegmon, K. W. Kintigh, A. P. Kinzig, B. A. Nelson, J. M. Anderies, D. A. Abbott, K. A. Spielmann, S. E. Ingram, M. A. Peeples, S. A. Kulow, C. A. Strawhacker and C. A. Meegan. 2012. Long-term vulnerability and resilience: Three examples from archaeological study in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico. In: Cooper, J. and P. Sheets eds., Learning to Live with Climate Change: Understanding Hazards, Mitigating Impacts, Avoiding Disasters.

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Kapoor, M. and A. P. Kinzig. 2008. The social and ecological construction of protected rainforests in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.


Kapoor, M. L., A. P. Kinzig and C. K. Perrings. 2007. The CAP LTER ecosystem services assessment: Preliminary findings and next steps. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.. (link)


Bang, C., R. J. Bills, J. M. Briggs, M. A. Diiorio, L. Dugan, R. E. Erickson, S. R. Earl, S. H. Faeth, M. J. Feldner, C. Gries, N. B. Grimm, E. J. Holmes, D. Hope, J. P. Kaye, A. P. Kinzig, C. Kochert, A. Majumdar, C. L. Redman, E. Shock, Q. Stewart, J. C. Stutz, M. S. Tseng, J. S. Walker, S. Whitcomb and X. Zhuo. 2006. Survey 200: CAP LTER's approach to extensive field monitoring. Poster presented at the 20-23 September 2006 LTER All Scientist Meeting, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. (link)

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Nelson, M. C., A. P. Kinzig, S. Ingram, C. Strawhacker and R. Cleland. 2010. Lessons from the past about biodiversity in social-ecological systems. Presentation October 8 associated with the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme, Nagoya, Japan.


Chapin, T. and A. P. Kinzig. 2007. Sustainability in a social-ecological context: Integrating the dynamics of social and ecological systems. San Jose McEnery Conference Center. Presentation at the 6-10 August 2007 joint meeting of 92nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America and Society for Ecological Restoration 18th International Conference, San Jose, CA.

Hegmon, M., M. C. Nelson, M. Peeples, C. Meegan, S. Kulow and A. P. Kinzig. 2007. Human and regional-scale perspectives on social transformation in the US Southwest: Hohokam, Mimbres, and Mesa Verde. Presentation April 26-29 at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, TX.

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