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 Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, a position established by the Robert Maytag family at the time it made possible the founding of the Phoenix Zoo.
- Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Arizona Zoological Society Endowed Chair Professor of Environmental Ethics and Conservation, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Juile Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- PhD, Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2000
- MS, Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont, 1996
- BA, Anthropology, University of Albany, State University of New York, 1991
- 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
- environmental humanities
- animal studies
- environmental history
- nature writing
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 )
Minteer, B. A. and L. R. Gerber. 2013. Buying whales to save them. Issues in Science and Technology Online 29(3):58-68. (link )
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 )
Wiek, A., M. J. Bernstein, M. D. Laubichler, G. Caniglia, B. Minteer and D. J. Lang. 2013. A global classroom for international sustainability education. Creative Education 4(4A):19-28. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2013.44A004. (link )
Winston, J. M., B. A. Minteer and J. P. Collins. 2013. Old wine, new bottles? Using history to inform the assisted colonization debate. Oryx FirstView:1-9. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605312001500. (link )
Minteer, B. A. 2012. Geoengineering and ecological ethics in the Anthropocene. Bioscience 62(10):857-858. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.10.2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2012. Species conservation, rapid environmental change, and ecological ethics. Nature Education Knowledge 3(6):14. (link )
Schwartz, M. W., J. J. Hellmann, J. M. Mclachlan, D. F. Sax, J. O. Borevitz, J. Brennan, A. E. Camacho, G. Ceballos, J. R. Clark, H. Doremus, R. Early, J. R. Etterson, D. Fielder, J. L. Gill, P. Gonzalez, N. Green, L. Hannah, D. W. Jamieson, D. Javeline, B. A. Minteer, J. Odenbaugh, S. Polasky, D. M. Richardson, T. L. Root, H. D. Safford, O. E. Sala, S. H. Schneider, A. R. Thompson, J. W. Williams, M. Velland, P. Vitt and S. Zellmer. 2012. Managed relocation: Integrating the scientific, regulatory, and ethical challenges. BioScience 62(8):732-743. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.8.6 . (link )
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2011. The new conservation debate: Beyond parks versus people. Biological Conservation 144. (link )
Miller, T. R., B. A. Minteer and L. C. Malan. 2011. The new conservation debate: The view from practical ethics. Biological Conservation 144(3):948-957. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.07.027. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and T. R. Miller. 2011. The new conservation debate: Ethical foundations strategic trade-offs, and policy opportunities. Biological Conservation 144(3):945-947. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.07.027. (link )
Camacho, A. E., H. Doremus, J. M. Mclachlan and B. A. Minteer. 2010. Reassessing conservation goals in a changing climate. Issues in Science and Technology 26:21-26. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2010. Move it or lose it? The ecological ethics of relocating species under climate change. Ecological Applications 20(7):1801-1804. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2008. From environmental to ecological ethics: Towards a practical ethics for ecologists and conservationists. Science and Engineering Ethics 14(4):483-501. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-008-9087-0. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and E. A. Corley. 2007. Conservation or preservation? A qualitative study of the conceptual foundations of natural resource management. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20(4):307-333. DOI: 10.1007/s10806-007-9040-2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2006. Response to Rominger. Conservation Biology 20(5):1341. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00535_3.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Ecological ethics: Building a new tool kit for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Conservation Biology 19(6):1803-1812. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00281.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Why we need an "ecological ethics". Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3(6):332-337. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0332:WWNAEE]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Minteer, B. A., E. A. Corley and R. E. Manning. 2004. Environmental ethics beyond principle? The case for a pragmatic contextualism. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17(2):131-156. DOI: 10.1023/B:JAGE.0000017392.71870.1f. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds. 2015. After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicago Press. Chicago. ISBN: 9780226259826.
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.
Minteer, B. A. and R. E. Manning eds. 2003. Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground. Island Press.
Minteer, B. A. and B. P. Taylor eds. 2002. Democracy and the Claims of Nature: Critical Perspectives for a New Century. Rowman & LIttlefield.
Minteer, B. A. 2015. When extinction is a virtue. Pp. Chapter 12 In: Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds., After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN: 9780226259826.
Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne. 2015. Writing on stone, writing in the wind. Pp. Chapter 1 In: Minteer, B. A. and S. J. Pyne eds., After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age of Humans. University of Chicao Press. Chicago, IL. ISBN: 9780226259826.
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. 2013. Ecosystems unbound: Ethical questions for an interventionist ecology. Pp. Chapter 36 In: Sandler, R. ed., Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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. R. 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.
Miller, T. R. and B. A. Minteer. 2007. Parks, people and posterity: A normative analysis of international conservation projects. Poster presented June 18 at the annual meeting of International Symposium on Society and Resource Management; Abstract PC10, Park City, UT.