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Pamela McElwee, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Cook Office Building, Room 215

Biography: Pamela McElwee is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For the past 25 years her research interests have concerned human adaptation to global environmental change, broadly defined, with particular expertise in biodiversity conservation and climate change in Asia. Her work focuses on how individuals and households respond to changes in the physical environment, and how their responses are shaped by external policies, markets and other constraints. She is currently co-chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Nexus assessment from 2021-2024, and chapter lead for Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Fifth US National Climate Assessment, due 2023. McElwee earned her Ph.D. in Forestry & Environmental Studies and Anthropology at Yale University in 2003, and has worked in the White House, US Senate, and US EPA on environmental policy. Graduate Faculty Affiliations: Department of Geography, Department of Anthropology, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.