Rafe Sagarin

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Phone: (520) 979-4539

Fax: (520) 626-6227

Email Address: rafe@email.arizona.edu


Associate Research Scientist, Institute of the Environment

PhD, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst. He has studied responses of marine communities and wetlands to climate change, illegal fishing, pollution, and other human impacts. Sagarin uses unusual data sets from writers, naturalists, artists, and gamblers to re-assemble historical patterns of ecosystem change, including reconstructing changes to the Sea of Cortez since the expedition of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. He also runs a working group on using biological evolution as a guide for improving societal security systems, which produced the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (UC Press 2008), edited by Sagarin and Terence Taylor. He also studies environmental philosophy and history and is currently documenting the revolutionary transformation in science back towards primarily observational, rather than experimental, methodologies.

Rafe's Links

  • Observation and Ecology My newest book on how science is changing to adapt to a changing planet
  • Learning from the Octopus My new book on what we can learn from nature about how to adapt to threats in society
  • Public Trust The Gulf oil disaster has sparked new interest in my work on the Public Trust Doctrine
  • The Desert Sea Initiative A project to combine the expertise and passion about marine studies, especially those around the Gulf of California, that exists in the Sonoran desert
  • Reprints and Published Work Descriptions and links to my scientific and other research
  • CV A list of my papers, grants, speaking engagements and academic service

Dr. Sagarin was recently honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of two books he is writing on the science of ecology and on his Natural Security work.  He has served as a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. Sagarin has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, and University of California, Los Angeles. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers.