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William S. Lynn

Research Scientist

The George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone:  1-508-395-7764

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Current Research Interests

Bill is a research scientist in the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University, a research fellow at New Knowledge Organization, and the lead editor for the Political Animals section of Society & Animals.

An author and co-author of many academic and popular publications, Bill focuses on the ethics and politics of sustainability with an emphasis on animals and conservation. Schooled in ethics, geography, and political theory, Bill’s interdisciplinary approach examines why and how we ought to care for nature and society.

Sustainability is more than preserving a global elite’s lifestyle or ensuring humanity’s mere survival in an era of rampant environmental change. It is rather about sustaining the well being of people, animals, and nature across the planet into perpetuity. Sustainability needs, therefore, to be both scientifically and ethically sound. Its facts and values need to be transparent and accountable to society, while its goals must serve the good of the entire community of life. With this understanding in mind, Bill explores the moral norms of ecological and social sustainability.

Selected Publications

Lynn, William S., and Francisco J. Santiago-Avila, eds. 2021. Special Issue on Outdoor Cats. Society & Animals. Forthcoming.

Santiago-Ávila, Francisco J., and William S. Lynn. 2020. “Bridging Compassion and Justice in Conservation Ethics.” Biological Conservation, 248, 108648. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108648

Lynn, William S., Santiago-Ávila, Francisco J., Hadidian, John, Wallach, Arian, & Lindenmayer, Joann. (2020). “Misunderstandings of Science and Ethics in the Moral Panic Over Cats.” Conservation Biology.

Wallach, Arian, Batavia, Chelsea, Bekoff, Marc, et al. 2020. “Recognizing animal personhood in compassionate conservation.” Conservation Biology.

Starka, Tanja., & Snijders, Lysanne. (2019). “Conflict Exploration: The case of cats in Australia – Interview with Carlos Gray Santana and William S. Lynn.” Medium.

Treves, Adrian., Santiago-Ávila, Francisco. J., Popescu, Viorel D., Paquet, Paul. C., Lynn, William S., Darimont, Christopher T., & Artelle, Kyle. A. (2019). “Trophy hunting: Insufficient evidence.” Science, 366(6464), 435-435.

Santiago-Ávila, Francisco J., and William S. Lynn. 2019. “Multispecies Ethics are Messy: Five Questions for William Lynn.” Edge Effects.

Lynn, William S., Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Joanne Lindenmeyer, John Hadidian, Arian Wallach, and Barbara J. King. 2019. “A Moral Panic Over Cats.” Conservation Biology.

Hadidian, J., & Lynn, W. S. (2019). “Bridging the Divide Between Animal Protection and Traditional Conservation Biology.” Wellbeing International.

Lynn, William S. 2019. “Rewilding the Covenant of Life With Compassion: A Future for Global and Sustainability Ethics.” In The Crisis in Global Ethics and Governance: Call for a New Earth Charter Debate, edited by Peter Burdon, Klauss Bosselmann, and Kirsten Engel, 225-245. New York, NY: Routledge.

Treves, Adrian, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, and William S. Lynn. 2019. “Just Preservation.” Biological Conservation 229: 134–41.

Santiago-Ávila, Francisco J., William S. Lynn, and Adrian Treves. 2018. “Inappropriate Consideration of Animal Interests in Predator Management: Towards a Comprehensive Moral Code.” In Large Carnivore Conservation and Management: Human Dimensions and Governance, edited by Tasos Hovardos, 227–251. New York: Routledge.

Treves, Adrian, Kyle A. Artelle, Chris T. Darimont, William S. Lynn, Paul Paquet, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Rance Shaw, and Mary C. Wood. 2018. “Intergenerational Equity Can Help to Prevent Climate Change and Extinction.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 204-207.

Lynn, William. S. 2018. “Bringing Ethics to Wild Lives: Shaping Public Policy for Barred and Northern Spotted Owl.” Society & Animals: Special Issue on Wildlife, 26(2), 217-238.

Lynn, William. S. 2018. “Deep Rewilding.” Wildlands Network.