John A. Vucetich

John A. Vucetich

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  • Professor, SFRES
  • PhD, Forest Science, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Biology, Michigan Technological University

Synthesizing ecological science and environmental ethics

Environmental ethicists and environmental scientists have a common goal, which is to better understand how we ought to relate to nature. Nevertheless, these two groups employ wildly different methods and premises, and sadly these scholars rarely interact. 

Much of my work is aimed at developing insight that emerges from the synthesis of science and ethics. My work in this area is often inspired by carnivore conservation, in particular the wolves and moose of Isle Royale.

Areas of Expertise

  • Demographic and genetic elements of population biology
  • Ecology of wolves and moose
  • Environmental ethics

Selected Publications

  1. Vucetich JA, DW Macdonald. 2017. Some essentials on coexisting with carnivores. Open Access Government. August Issue: 216-217. Read more…
  2. Vucetich JA. 2016. Should humans intervene when climate threatens an island’s ecology. Natural History. July Issue 124(7):20-23. Read more…
  3. Vucetich JA, MP Nelson, JT Bruskotter. 2017. Conservation triage falls short because conservation is not like emergency medicine. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5:45. Read more…
  4. Vucetich JA, JT Bruskotter, MP Nelson (2015). Evaluating whether nature's intrinsic value is an axiom of or anathema to conservation. Conservation Biology 29, 321-332. Read more…
  5. Nelson MP, JA Vucetich 2009. On Advocacy by Environmental Scientists: What, Whether, Why and How. Conservation Biology 23, 1090–1101. Read more…
  6. Vucetich, J.A. 2017. Testimony presented before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, pertaining to wolf management and the Endangered Species Act. 17 July 2017. Read more…
  7. Bruskotter JT, JA Vucetich et al. 2017. Modernization, Risk, and Conservation of the World's Largest Carnivores. BioScience 67:646-55. Read more…
  8. Bruskotter JT, JA Vucetich, MP Nelson. 2017. Animal Rights and Conservation: Conflicting or Compatible? The Wildlife Professional July/August 2017 40-42.  Read more
  9. Vucetich, J.A. 2017. Are humans and nature fundamentally one and the same? Center for Humans and Nature, 18 Aug. Read more…
  10. Vucetich JA, MP Nelson. 2010. Sustainability: virtuous or vulgar? Bioscience 60, 539-544. Read more…
  11. Vucetich, JA, MP Nelson, MK Phillips. 2006.  The normative dimension & legal meaning of ‘endangered’ & ‘recovery’ within the United States’ Endangered Species Act.  Conservation Biology 20, 1383-1390. Read more…
  12. Hedrick P, J Adams, JA Vucetich. 2011. Genetic Rescue: Re-evaluating and Broadening the Definition. Conservation Biology 25, 1069-1070. Read more…
  13. 13.  Peterson RO, JA Vucetich, JK Bump, DW Smith. 2014. Trophic cascades in a multi-causal world: Isle Royale and Yellowstone. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-120213-091634. Read more…
  14. Uboni A, JA Vucetich, DR Stahler, DW Smith. 2015. Interannual variability: a crucial component of space use at the territory level. Ecology 96, 62-70. Read more…
  15. Montgomery RA, JA Vucetich, RO Peterson, GJ Roloff, KF Millenbach 2013. The influence of winter severity, predation and senescence on moose habitat use. Journal of Animal Ecology 82, 301-309. Read more…
  16. MacNulty D, D Smith, D Mech, JA Vucetich, C Packer. 2011. Nonlinear effects of group size on the success of wolves hunting elk.  Behavioral Ecology Read more…
  17. Parikh GL, Forbey JS, Robb B, Peterson RO, Vucetich LM, Vucetich JA (2016). The influence of plant defensive chemicals, diet composition, and winter severity on the nutritional condition of a free‐ranging, generalist herbivore. Oikos doi:10.1111/oik.03359. Read more…

Teaching Experience

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Wildlife Ecology & Management
  • Population Ecology
  • Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale
  • Mammalogy