Kai Chan

Professor, IRES
Professor, Institute for Oceans and Fisheries


Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton University and Stanford University. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (www.chanslab.ires.ubc.ca), Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a Leopold Leadership Program fellow, a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), a director on the board of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Global Young Academy, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and (in 2012) the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Website: http://chanslab.ires.ubc.ca/people/chan/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=OByl3J0AAAAJ
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kai_Chan3


RMES 508 Ecosystem Services
RMES 510 Social-Ecological Systems
ENVR 430 The Ecological Dimensions of Sustainability

Featured Publications

A recent selection (see also my profiles on Google citations and ResearchGate, and my CV)

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: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.11.007

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.    

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