Emilio F. Moran


Emilio F. Moran Human Environmental Sciences
B.A., Spring Hill College
M.A., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Florida


Emilio F. Moran joined Michigan State University in January 2013 as John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, associated with the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, the Center for System Integration and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. He was until 2012 Distinguished Professor and the James H. Rudy Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Adjunct Professor of Geography, and Director of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change (ACT) at Indiana University (1992-2012). He also led an National Science Foundation (NSF) funded national center of excellence on the human dimensions of global change—Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change, at Indiana University between 1996 and 2004.

Moran is the author of 11 books, 15 edited volumes and more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have supported his research for the past three decades. His research focuses on land use and land cover change, demography, dynamics of deforestation and reforestation, and the interface between the social and the natural sciences. His three latest books address broad issues of human interaction with the environment under conditions of change.

He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2010.

Moran was a member of the National Science Board’s class of 2016-2022 and current serves as a consultant to the Board.