Kai Chan is a professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems), and is co-founder of CoSphere (a Community of Small-Planet Heroes). He is a UBC Killam Research Fellow; a member of Canada’s Clean16 and Clean50 for 2020; a Leopold Leadership Program fellow; senior fellow of the Global Young Academy and of the Environmental Leadership Program; a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; Lead Editor of the new British Ecological Society journal People and Nature; a coordinating lead author for the IPBES Global Assessment; and (in 2012) the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=OByl3J0AAAAJ
Díaz, S., J. Settele, E.S. Brondízio, H.T. Ngo, J. Agard, A. Arneth, P. Balvanera, K.A. Brauman, S.H.M. Butchart, K.M.A. Chan, L.A. Garibaldi, K. Ichii, J. Liu, S.M. Subramanian, G.F. Midgley, P. Miloslavich, Z. Molnár, D. Obura, A. Pfaff, S. Polasky, A. Purvis, J. Razzaque, B. Reyers, R.R. Chowdhury, Y.-J. Shin, I. Visseren-Hamakers, K.J. Willis and C.N. Zayas (2019). "Pervasive human-driven decline of life on Earth points to the need for transformative change." Science 366(6471): Doi: 10.1126/science.aax3100
Rodina, L. and K.M.A. Chan (2019). "Expert views on strategies to increase water resilience: evidence from a global survey." Ecology and Society 24(4). https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol24/iss4/art28/
Olmsted, P., J. Honey-Rosés, T. Satterfield and K.M.A. Chan (2019). "Leveraging support for conservation from ecotourists: can relational values play a role?" Journal of Sustainable Tourism: 1-18. Doi: 10.1080/09669582.2019.1683184
Echeverri, A., D.S. Karp, R. Naidoo, J.A. Tobias, J. Zhao and K.M.A. Chan "Can avian functional traits predict cultural ecosystem services?" People and Nature 0(0). Doi: 10.1002/pan3.10058
(2019). "Connecting with Nature." One Earth. Doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2019.08.001
Gould, R.K., M. Pai, B. Muraca and K.M.A. Chan (2019). "He ʻike ʻana ia i ka pono (it is a recognizing of the right thing): how one indigenous worldview informs relational values and social values." Sustainability Science. Doi: 10.1007/s11625-019-00721-9
Singh, G.G., V.F. Farjalla, B. Chen, … K.M.A. Chan (2019). "Researcher engagement in policy deemed societally beneficial yet unrewarded." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 0(0). Doi: 10.1002/fee.2084
Singh, G.G., J. Lerner, C. Clarke Murray, J. Wong, M. Mach, B. Ranieri, G. Peterson St-Laurent, A. Guimaraes and K.M.A. Chan (2019). "Response to critique of “The Insignificance of Thresholds in Environmental Impact Assessment: An Illustrative Case Study in Canada”." Environmental Management. Doi: 10.1007/s00267-019-01182-7
Echeverri, A., R. Naidoo, D.S. Karp, K.M.A. Chan and J. Zhao (2019). "Iconic manakins and despicable grackles: Comparing cultural ecosystem services and disservices across stakeholders in Costa Rica." Ecological Indicators 106: 105454. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105454
Karp, D.S., A. Echeverri, J. Zook, P. Juárez, A. Ke, J. Krishnan, K.M.A. Chan, L.O. Frishkoff (2019). "Remnant forest in Costa Rican working landscapes fosters bird communities that are indistinguishable from protected areas." Journal of Applied Ecology 56(7): 1839-1849. Doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13419
Echeverri, A., L.O. Frishkoff, J.P. Gomez, J.R. Zook, P. Juárez, R. Naidoo, K.M.A. Chan, D.S. Karp (2019) "Precipitation and tree cover gradients structure avian alpha diversity in North-western Costa Rica." Diversity and Distributions 25(8): 1222-1233. Doi: 10.1111/ddi.12932
Westwood, A.R., S.P. Otto, A. Mooers, C. Darimont, K.E. Hodges, C. Johnson, … K.M.A. Chan, … J. Whitton (2019). "Protecting biodiversity in British Columbia: Recommendations for developing species at risk legislation." FACETS 4(1): 136-160. Doi: 10.1139/facets-2018-0042
Chan, K.M.A., R.K. Gould and U. Pascual (2018). "Editorial overview: Relational values: what are they, and what’s the fuss about?" Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 35: A1-A7. Doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.11.003 (ER)
Gaston, K.J., E. Aimé, K.M.A. Chan, R. Fish, R.S. Hails and C. Maller. (in press). "People and nature—A journal of relational thinking." People and Nature 0(0). Doi: 10.1002/pan3.7 (ER)
Jax, K., M. Calestani, K.M.A. Chan, et al. (2018). "Caring for nature matters: a relational approach for understanding nature’s contributions to human well-being." Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.009
Gregr, E.J., D.M. Palacios, A. Thompson and K.M.A. Chan (2018). "Why less complexity produces better forecasts: An independent data evaluation of kelp habitat models." Ecography 0(ja). Doi: 10.1111/ecog.03470
Šunde, C., J. Sinner, M. Tadaki, J. Stephenson, B. Glavovic, S. Awatere, A. Giorgetti, N. Lewis, A. Young, K. Chan. (2018). "Valuation as destruction? The social effects of valuation processes in contested marine spaces." Marine Policy 97(Nov): 170-178. Doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.05.024
Frishkoff, L.O., A. Echeverri, K.M.A. Chan and D.S. Karp "Do correlated responses to multiple environmental changes exacerbate or mitigate species loss?" Oikos 127(12): 1724-1734. Doi: 10.1111/oik.05288
Echeverri, A., D.S. Karp, R. Naidoo, J. Zhao and K.M.A. Chan (2018). "Approaching human-animal relationships from multiple angles: A synthetic perspective." Biological Conservation 224: 50-62. Doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.015
Clarke Murray, C., J. Wong, G.G. Singh, M. Mach, J. Lerner, B. Ranieri, G. Peterson St-Laurent, A. Guimaraes and K.M.A. Chan (2018). "The insignificance of thresholds in Environmental Impact Assessment: An Illustrative Case Study in Canada." Environmental Management 61(6): 1062-1071. Doi: 10.1007/s00267-018-1025-6
Díaz, S., U. Pascual, M. Stenseke, B. Martín-López, R.T. Watson, Z. Molnár, R. Hill, K.M.A. Chan, I. Baste, et al. (2018). "There is more to nature's contributions to people than ecosystem services—A response to de Groot et al." and “Shifts, drifts and options—A response to Faith”. Science 359(6373): e-letter. (ER)
Tam, J., K.M.A. Chan, T. Satterfield, G.G. Singh and S. Gelcich (2018). "Gone fishing? Intergenerational cultural shifts can undermine common property co-managed fisheries." Marine Policy 90: 1-5. Doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.01.025
Díaz, S., U. Pascual, M. Stenseke, B. Martín-López, R.T. Watson, Z. Molnár, R. Hill, K.M.A. Chan, I. Baste, et al. (2018). "Assessing nature's contributions to people." Science 359(6373): 270-272. Doi: 10.1126/science.aap8826
Kreitzman, M., J. Ashander, J. Driscoll, A.W. Bateman, K.M.A. Chan, M.A. Lewis and M. Krkosek (2018). "Wild salmon sustain the effectiveness of parasite control on salmon farms: Conservation implications from an evolutionary ecosystem service." Conservation Letters 11(2): e12395. Doi: 10.1111/conl.12395
Karp, D.S., L.O. Frishkoff, A. Echeverri, J. Zook, P. Juárez and K.M.A. Chan (2018). "Agriculture erases climate-driven β-diversity in Neotropical bird communities." Global Change Biology 24(1): 338-349. Doi: 10.1111/gcb.13821
Chapman, M., S. Klassen, M. Kreitzman, A. Semmelink, K. Sharp, G. Singh and K.M.A. Chan (2017). "5 Key challenges and solutions for governing complex adaptive (food) systems." Sustainability 9(9): 1594. Doi: 10.3390/su9091594
Klain, S.C., P. Olmsted, K.M.A. Chan and T. Satterfield (2017). "Relational values resonate broadly and differently than intrinsic or instrumental values, or the New Ecological Paradigm." PLOS ONE 12(8): e0183962. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183962
Rudman, S.M., M. Kreitzman, K.M.A. Chan and D. Schluter (2017). "Contemporary evosystem services: A reply to Faith et al." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32(10): 719-720. Doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.07.006 (ER)
Singh, G.G., J. Sinner, J. Ellis, M. Kandlikar, B.S. Halpern, T. Satterfield and K. Chan (2017). "Group elicitations yield more consistent, yet more uncertain experts in understanding risks to ecosystem services in New Zealand bays." PLOS ONE 12(8): e0182233. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0182233
Kearney, S.P., N.C. Coops, K.M.A. Chan, S.J. Fonte, P. Siles and S.M. Smukler (2017). "Predicting carbon benefits from climate-smart agriculture: High-resolution carbon mapping and uncertainty assessment in El Salvador." Journal of Environmental Management 202, Part 1: 287-298. Doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.07.039
Klain, S.C., T. Satterfield, J. Sinner, J.I. Ellis and K.M.A. Chan (2018). "Bird killer, industrial intruder or clean energy? Perceiving risks to ecosystem services due to an offshore wind farm." Ecological Economics 143: 111-129. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.06.030
Pascual, U., I. Palomo, W.M. Adams, K.M.A. Chan, et al. (2017). "Off-stage ecosystem service burdens: A blind spot for global sustainability." Environmental Research Letters 12(7): 075001. Doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7392
Klain, S.C., T. Satterfield, S. MacDonald, N. Battista and K.M. A. Chan (2017). "Will communities “open-up” to offshore wind? Lessons learned from New England islands in the United States." Energy Research & Social Science 34: 13-26. Doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.05.009
Singh, G.G., J. Sinner, J. Ellis, M. Kandlikar, B.S. Halpern, T. Satterfield and K.M.A. Chan (2017). "Mechanisms and risk of cumulative impacts to coastal ecosystem services: An expert elicitation approach." Journal of Environmental Management 199: 229-241. Doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.032
Kaltenborn, B.P., J.D.C. Linnell, E. Gómez-Baggethun, H. Lindhjem, J. Thomassen and K.M. Chan (2017). "Ecosystem services and cultural values as building blocks for ‘the good life’. A case study in the community of Røst, Lofoten Islands, Norway." Ecological Economics 140: 166-176. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.05.003
Chan, K.M.A., E. Anderson, M. Chapman, K. Jespersen and P. Olmsted (2017). "Payments for ecosystem services: Rife with problems and potential—for transformation towards sustainability." Ecological Economics: 140(Oct): 10-11. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.04.029
Rudman, S.M., M. Kreitzman, K.M.A. Chan and D. Schluter (2017). "Evosystem services: Rapid evolution and the provision of ecosystem services." Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.02.019
Chan, K.M.A., P. Olmsted, N.J. Bennett, S.C. Klain and E. Williams. Can ecosystem services make conservation normal and commonplace? Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean: Interdisciplinary science in support of nature and people. P.S. Levin and M.R. Poe. Elsevier, 2017 in press.
Balvanera, P., S. Quijas, D. S. Karp, N. Ash, E. M. Bennett, R. Boumans, C. Brown, K.M.A. Chan, et al. Ecosystem services. The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks. M. Walters and R. J. Scholes. Cham, Switzerland, Springer Open, 2016. 39-78. url
Chan, K.M.A. and T. Satterfield. Managing cultural ecosystem services for sustainability. Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Eds. M. Potschin, R. Haines-Young, R. Fish and R.K. Turner. Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2016. 343-358.
Chapman, M., A. LaValle, G. Furey and K.M.A. Chan (2017). "Sustainability beyond city limits: can “greener” beef lighten a city’s Ecological Footprint?" Sustainability Science: 1-14. Doi: 10.1007/s11625-017-0423-7
Levine, J., M. Muthukrishna, K.M.A. Chan and T. Satterfield (2017). "Sea otters, social justice, and ecosystem-service perceptions in Clayoquot Sound, Canada." Conservation Biology: n/a-n/a. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.12795
Echeverri, A., M.M. Callahan, K.M.A. Chan, T. Satterfield and J. Zhao (2017). "Explicit not implicit preferences predict conservation intentions for endangered species and biomes." PLOS ONE 12(1): e0170973. Doi: 10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0170973
Tadaki, M., J. Sinner and K.M.A. Chan (2017). "Making sense of environmental values: a typology of concepts." Ecology and Society 22(1). Doi: 10.5751/ES-08999-220107
Echeverri, A., K.M.A. Chan and J. Zhao (2017). "How messaging shapes attitudes toward sea otters as a species at risk." Human Dimensions of Wildlife: 1-15. Doi: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1272146
Bennett, N.J., R. Roth, S.C. Klain, K.M.A. Chan, D.A. Clark, G. Cullman, G. Epstein, M.P. Nelson, R. Stedman, T.L. Teel, R.E.W. Thomas, C. Wyborn, D. Curran, A. Greenberg, J. Sandlos and D. Veríssimo. (2016). "Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation." Conservation Biology: n/a-n/a. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.12788
Bennett, N.J., R. Roth, S.C. Klain, K.M.A. Chan, P. Christie, D.A. Clark, G. Cullman, D. Curran, G. Epstein, A. Greenberg, M.P. Nelson, J. Sandlos, R. Stedman, T.L. Teel, R.E.W. Thomas, D. Veríssimo, C. Wyborn. (2017). Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation.” Biological Conservation 205(Jan): 93-108. Doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.006
Clarke Murray, C., M.E. Mach, R.G. Martone, G.G. Singh, M. O and K.M.A. Chan (2016). "Supporting risk assessment: Accounting for indirect risk to ecosystem components." PLOS ONE 11(9): e0162932. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162932
Mach, M.E., C.D. Levings and K.M.A. Chan (2016). "Nonnative species in British Columbia eelgrass beds spread via shellfish aquaculture and stay for the mild climate." Estuaries and Coasts: 1-13. Doi: 10.1007/s12237-016-0124-y
Chan, K.M.A., P. Balvanera, K. Benessaiah, et al. (2016). "Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment." PNAS 113(6): 1462–1465. Doi: 10.1073/pnas.1525002113 (ER)
Wieland, R., S. Ravensbergen, E.J. Gregr, T. Satterfield and K.M.A. Chan (2016). "Debunking trickle-down ecosystem services: The fallacy of omnipotent, homogeneous beneficiaries." Ecological Economics 121: 175-180. Doi:
Levine, J., M. Muthukrishna, K.M.A. Chan and T. Satterfield (2015). "Theories of the deep: combining salience and network analyses to produce mental model visualizations of a coastal British Columbia food web." Ecology and Society 20(4). Doi: 10.5751/ES-08094-200442
Mach, M.E., R.G. Martone, K.M.A. Chan (2015). “Human impacts and ecosystem services: insufficient research for trade-off evaluation”. Ecosystem Services 16: 112-120. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.10.018
Díaz, S., S. Demissew, C. Joly, et al. [82 authors including K.M.A. Chan] (2015). "The IPBES Conceptual Framework - connecting nature and people." Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14(June): 1-16. Doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.11.002
Levine, J., K.M.A. Chan and T. Satterfield (2015). "From rational actor to efficient complexity manager: Exorcising the ghost of Homo economicus with a unified synthesis of cognition research." Ecological Economics 114(0): 22-32. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.010
Gregr, E.J. and K.M.A. Chan (2015). "Leaps of faith: How implicit assumptions compromise the utility of ecosystem models for decision-making." BioScience 65(1): 43-54. Doi: 10.1093/biosci/biu185
Gould, R., S. Klain, N. Ardoin, T. Satterfield, U. Woodside, N. Hannahs, G. Daily and K.M. Chan (2015). "A protocol for eliciting nonmaterial values using a cultural ecosystem services frame." Conservation Biology 29(2): 575–586. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.12407
Mach, M.E. and K.M.A. Chan (2014). "Trading green backs for green crabs: evaluating the commercial shellfish harvest at risk to European green crab invasion." F1000 Research 2(66): v3. Doi: 10.12688/f1000research.2-66.v3
Mach, M.E., S. Wyllie-Echeverria and K.M.A. Chan (2014). "Ecological effect of a nonnative seagrass spreading in the Northeast Pacific: A review of Zostera japonica." Ocean & Coastal Management 102(Part A): 375-382. Doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.10.002
Klain, S., T. Satterfield and K.M.A. Chan (2014). "What matters and why? Ecosystem services and their bundled qualities." Ecological Economics 107: 310-320. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.09.003
Clarke Murray, C., H. Gartner, E. J. Gregr, K. Chan, E. Pakhomov and T. W. Therriault (2014). "Spatial distribution of marine invasive species: environmental, demographic and vector drivers." Diversity and Distributions 20(7): 824-836. Doi: 10.1111/ddi.12215
Singh, G.G., J. Tam, T.D. Sisk, S.C. Klain, M.E. Mach, R.G. Martone and K.M.A. Chan (2014). "A more social science: barriers and incentives for scientists engaging in policy." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(3): 161-166. Doi: 10.1890/130011
K. Jax, D.N. Barton, K.M.A. Chan, R. de Groot, U. Doyle, U. Eser, C. Görg, E. Gómez-Baggethun, Y. Griewald, W. Haber, R. Haines-Young, U. Heink, T. Jahn, H. Joosten, L. Kerschbaumer, H. Korn, G.W. Luck, B. Matzdorf, B. Muraca, C. Neßhöver, B. Norton, K. Ott, M. Potschin, F. Rauschmayer, C. von Haaren, S. Wichmann. (2013). Ecosystem services and ethics: Beyond instrumental vs. intrinsic values. Ecological Economics 93: 260-268. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.06.008
Russell, R.R., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, R. Gould, X. Basurto, K.M.A. Chan, S. Klain, J. Levine, J. Tam. (in press). “Humans and Nature: How knowing and experiencing nature affect wellbeing”. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
Satterfield, T., R. Gregory, S. Klain, M. Roberts and K.M. Chan (2013). “Culture, intangibles and metrics in environmental management.” Journal of Environmental Management 117: 103-114.
Luck, G., K.M.A. Chan, & C. Klein (2012). Identifying spatial priorities for protecting ecosystem services. F1000 Research (new open-access, open-review journal).
N.C. Ban, M. Mills, J. Tam, C. Hicks, S. Klain, N. Stoeckl, M.C. Bottrill, J. Levine, R. L. Pressey, T. Satterfield, K.M.A. Chan (2013). “Integrating social considerations into conservation planning through a social-ecological systems perspective”. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 26 pp.
Luck, G., K.M.A. Chan, U. Eser, E. Gómez-Baggethun, B. Matzdorf, B. Norton and M. Potschin (2012). “Ethical considerations in on-ground applications of the ecosystem services concept.” BioScience 62(12): 1020-1029.
Chan, K. M. A., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, et al. (2012). “Where are ‘cultural’ and ‘social’ in ecosystem services: A framework for constructive engagement.” BioScience 6(8): 744-756.
Klain, S. C. and K. M. A. Chan “Navigating coastal values: Participatory mapping of ecosystem services for spatial planning.” Ecological Economics 82 (2012): 104-113.
Chan, K. M. A., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, et al. (2012). “Where are ‘cultural’ and ‘social’ in ecosystem services: A framework for constructive engagement.” BioScience 6(8): 744-756.
Daniel, T. C., A. Muhar, A. Arnberger, et al. (2012). “Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(23): 8812-8819.
Chan, K.M.A., N.C. Ban, and R. Naidoo. “Integrating Conservation Planning with Human Communities, Ecosystem Services, and Economics”, Chapter 2 in L. Craighead, C. Convis eds., Conservation Planning: Shaping the Future, ESRI Press, 2013. 21-50.