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Faculty and Staff Profile

Gary Edward Machlis

University Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Office: 239 Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-3400

 Educational Background

PhD Human Ecology
Yale University 1979

MS Forestry
University of Washington 1975

BS Forestry
University of Washington 1974

 Courses Taught

The politics of science
Disasters, Resilience, and Recovery
Issues in Scientific Integrity


Dr. Gary Machlis is University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University. Prior to his joining the Clemson faculty, Machlis served in the Obama administration as Science Advisor to the Director of the National Park Service,and co-leader of the Department of the Interior's Strategic Sciences Group, which responds to major environmental disasters. He was engaged in science responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, and the Haiti earthquake.He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His most recent co-authored book, The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018.

 Research Interests

Disaster response, science during crisis, conservation science and politics, sustainability

 Research Publications

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 Honors and Awards

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