Michael Paul Nelson

Nelson, Michael Paul

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Professor and Director of the Center for the Future of Forests and Society
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location:
201K Richardson Hall
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Research Areas
Social Science, Policy and Natural Resources
Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophy
Michael Paul Nelson is a Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, the director of the Center for the Future of Forests and Society, and a Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at OSU. From 2012 - 2022 he was lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program and held the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair in Renewable Resources.

“Michael is different from most philosophers. He’s funny and irreverent and worried about the world, and especially about wolves.” – Kathleen Dean Moore, Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change
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