Emeritus Faculty

Robert R. Curry

Raymond F. Dasmann
Bryan H. Farrell

Margaret I. Fitzsimmons
Steven R. Gliessman

gliessmandrupal.jpgResearch: Agroecology/Natural History; Agroecology, sustainable agriculture, tropical agriculture, ecology, natural history, California vegetation; Stephen Gliessman's research is carried out within the framework of ecological interactions in agroecosystems and the conversion of conventional food systems to sustainability, from the field to the table. Projects are in progress on the application of agroecological concepts to food system educational and extension programs around the world. His research stresses the inter-disciplinary interaction between culture and environment as reflected in our food systems. His most current work is connected to the non-profit Community Agroecology Network that partners with rural communities in Central America and Mexico to develop sustainable farming practices, enable food security and sovereignty, and create opportunities for young people within their communities so they become the leaders in local sustainability movements.

Selected Publications:

Gliessman, S. R. 2007. Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems. 2nd Edition, CRC/Taylor&Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
Gliessman, S.R., and M.E. Rosemeyer. 2010. The Conversion to Sustainable Agriculture: Principles, Practices, and Processes. Series in Agroecology. CRC/Taylor&Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
Gliessman, S. R., M. R. Werner, S. L. Swezey, E. Caswell, J. Cochran, and F. Rosado-May. 1996. "Conversion to organic strawberry management changes ecological processes." California Agriculture 50:24Ð31.
Gliessman, S.R. 2008-Present, Editorials for each Issue of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, for which he is the Editor.
Gliessman, S. R. (ed.). 1990. Agroecology: Researching the Ecological Basis for Sustainable Agriculture. Ecological Studies Series no. 78. New York: Springer-Verlag.

David E. Goodman

Research: Rural and agro-food studies,development and political economy, and nature-society relations. David Goodman's research is informed by political economy, critical social theory, and an engagement with emerging literatures on nature-society relations.These interests currently are focused on agro-food networks, including consumption issues, the political ecology of North-South interactions, globalization and regionalism, and the metabolic relations of everyday life. These research themes complement past and continuing work on rural development in Brazil, global agro-food networks, and the technological reconfiguration of agricultural nature

Selected Publications:

Goodman, D., and M. I. FitzSimmons. Forthcoming. "Incorporating nature: Environmental narratives and the reproduction of food."
In N. Castree and B. Wilhelms-Braun (eds.), The Production of Nature at the End of the Twentieth Century. London and New York: Routledge.
Goodman, D. 1997. "World-scale processes and agro-food systems: Critique and research needs."Review of International Political Economy 4(4).
Goodman, D., and R. B. Howarth. 1997. "International trade and sustainable development." In S. Kamieniecki, G. A. Gonzalez, and R. O. Vos (eds.), Flashpoint in Environmental Policymaking: Controversies in Achieving Sustainability. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 257-277.
Goodman, D., and M. Watts. 1997. "Global appetite, local metabolism: Nature, culture and industry in fin-de-siècle agro-food systems." Ch. 1 in D. Goodman and M. Watts (eds.), Globalizing Food: Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-32.
Goodman, D., and M. Watts (eds.). 1997. Globalizing Food: Agrarian Questions and Global Restructuring. London and New York: Routledge.Paul L. Niebanck

James E. Pepper

pepper.jpgRecruited by the visionary geographer Richard [Dick] Cooley to join the new environmental studies program at UCSC, Pepper arrived in Santa Cruz in 1972. This oral history is part of the Regional History Project's VERIP series with professors who retired in the early 1990s. In these two interviews conducted by former Regional History director Randall Jarrell and current director Irene Reti, Jim Pepper describes UCSC's environmental studies program as one that “had both a theoretical dimension to it and an applied dimension, a program . . . that integrated theory and practice.” Pepper brought to this nascent department his practical experience and background as a professional landscape architect and planner, as well as his probing interest in the philosophical and ethical questions at the heart of environmental issues. Between 1972 and his retirement in 1994, Jim Pepper helped to build a flagship program in environmental studies at UCSC. Outside of academia, Jim Pepper has enjoyed a 45-year distinguished career in environmental planning, site planning, and urban design. His projects included the formulation of an earthquake recovery plan for downtown Santa Cruz after the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989.

More on Jim Pepper and the evolution of the UCSC Department of Environmental Studies

Alan Richards

Research: Environmental economics, environmental and natural resource economics, economics of sustainable development, political economy of water, and the interaction of environmental problems and political conflict.

Selected Publications:

Currents Article: New Global Policy Brief web site gets crucial information out quickly2003 Socio-Economic Roots of Radicalism? Towards Explaining the Appeal of Islamic Radicals. Carlisle, PA: Stategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College (July)
2002 Coping with Water Scarcity: The Governance Challenge. San Diego: Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation of the University of California, Policy Paper #54 (November)
1996 A Political Economy of the Middle East (with John Waterbury). Boulder and London: Westview Press, Second Edition.
2003 Modernity and Economic Development: The New‚ American Messianism Middle East Policy, Vol 10, Number 3 (Fall, 2003), pp. 56-78.
2002 On Transition from Authoritarian Rule and the Democratic Potential of Arab Regimes. Newsletter of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, & Turkey. Cairo: The World Bank, Volume 9, No 2, pp. 12-13.
2002 Inter-state Water Disputes in India: Institutions and Policies (co-authored with Nirvikar Singh), International Journal of Water Resources Development 18, 4 , 615-629, (October).
2002 Socio-Economic Roots of Radicalism, Naval War College Review, LV, 4 (Autumn). [peer reviewed]
2001 At War with Utopian Fanatics, Middle East Policy, VIII, 4 (December), 5-9.
2001 No Easy Exit: Property Rights, Markets and Negotiations over Water, co-authored with Nirvikar Singh, Water Resources Development, 17, 3 July,409-425. [peer reviewed] 


Michael E. Soulé

michael souleResearch: Biology, conservation biology, and the social and policy context of conservation. He is also interested in population and evolutionary biology, fluctuating asymmetry, population genetics, island biogeography, environmental studies, biodiversity policy, nature conservation, and ethics.  He continues to do research on ecosystem regulation by strongly interactive (keystone) species. He is completing a book about the origins and evolution of sin and how it can inform our understanding of human nature can guide conservation and related life-affirming movements.

Selected Publications:
2005    Soulé, M.E., J.A. Estes, B. Miller, D.L. Honnold.   Highly interactive species:  conservation policy, management, and ethics.  BioScience: 55:168-176.
2006    C. Josh Donlan, Joel Berger, Carl E. Bock, Jane H. Bock, David A. Burney, James A. Estes, Dave Foreman, Paul S. Martin, Gary W. Roemer, Felisa A. Smith, Michael E. Soulé, and Harry W.Greene. Pleistocene Rewilding: an Optimistic Agenda for 21st Century Conservation. The American Naturalist: 168:660 - 81.
2006    M.E. Soulé, B. G. Mackey, H. F. Recher, et al., The Role of Connectivity in Australian Conservation, Pp. 649-675 in K. Crooks, and M Sanjayan, Connectivity Conservation, Cambridge Univ. Press.             
2007    A. S. GLEN,  C. R. DICKMAN, , M. E. SOULÉ  AND B. G. MACKEY            Evaluating the Role of the Dingo as a Trophic Regulator in Australian    Ecosystems. Austral Ecology, 32:492-501.
2010    M.E. Soule, Conservation relevance of ecological cascades. Chapter 20 in J. Terborgh and J. Estes. Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. Island press
2011    James A. Estes et. al. Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth. Science 333,301.
2012    David M. Theobald, Sarah E. Reed, Kenyon Fields, and Michael Soulé. Connecting Natural Landscapes Using a Landscape Permeability Model to Prioritize Conservation Activities in the US. Conservation Letters,
doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00218.x
2014.   Collected Papers of Michael E. Soulé: Early Years in Modern Conservation Biology. Michael E. Soulé  Island Press. Washington, D. C. and Covelo, CA.