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Mark W. Neff

CSPO Post-doctoral Scholar; CSPO PhD Graduate 2009


I am an assistant professor of Environmental Science and Environmental Studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and an affiliated scholar at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. In general, I am interested in teaching about and studying the following:

  • The roles of science and values in environmental controversies and decision-making;
  • Communication between scientists and potential users of scientific knowledge, including communication of scientific information to decision makers and various publics AND communication between those groups and scientists about research priorities to achieve societal goals;
  • Formal and informal science policies and their impacts on the contribution of science to societal goals;
  • And, figuring out how to make decisions about the environment proactively, before problems occur or before they have become severe, rather than reactively, when interventions tend to become more difficult.

See my research page for more information on these topics.

8 PublicationsView All Publications

Kaplan, Leah, John Nelson, David Tomblin, Mahmud Farooque, Jason Lloyd, Mark Neff, Bjørn Bedsted, and Dan Sarewitz 2019. Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Forums on Climate Intervention Research.

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Miller, Thaddeus R. and Neff, Mark W. 2013. "De-Facto Science Policy in the Making: How Scientists Shape Science Policy and Why it Matters (or, Why STS and STP Scholars Should Socialize)." Minerva.

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Neff, Mark W. 2011. "What research should be done and why? Four competing visions among ecologists." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (e-View).

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Neff, Mark W., et al. 2010. "Spanning boundaries in an Arizona watershed partnership: information networks as tools for entrenchment or ties for collaboration." Ecology and Society, 15(3): 22 [online] http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss3/art22/.

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Neff, Mark W. and Corley, Elizabeth A. 2009. "35 Years and 160,000 Articles: A Bibliometric Exploration of the Evolution of Ecology." Scientometrics, 80(3): 657-682.

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