Bradley J. Cardinale

Professor; Director, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR)


PhD, University of Maryland (biology)
MS, Michigan State University (fisheries and wildlife)
BS, Arizona State University (biology)

(734) 764-9689


Professor Cardinale, PhD, is an ecologist who uses mathematical models, novel experiments, observational studies and meta-analyses of existing data to examine how human activities impact biological diversity, and to predict how changes in biodiversity affect the goods and services ecosystems provide to humanity.  His research, teaching, and professional service are all tied together by a common thread, which is to produce and distribute the knowledge needed to conserve and restore the variety of life on Earth.  Cardinale works mostly in freshwater ecosystems, but frequently extend into marine and terrestrial habitats to gain new insight and find generalities.

  • 2013‐17- U.S. National Science Foundation. EFRI‐PSBR: Biodiversity & Biofuels: Finding win‐win scenarios for conservation and energy production in the next century. $2,100,000 original + supplements (lead PI: B. Cardinale, co‐PI's: P. Savage, N. Linn, and T. Oakley).  

  • 2012‐14- U.S. National Science Foundation. NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship: Biodiversity and engineering function: integrating physical processes into biodiversity and ecosystem function research.   $123,000 (PI: D. Allen, Sponsors: B. Cardinale and T. Wynn).  

  • 2012‐14- Socio‐Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Linking biodiversity and ecosystem services: From expert opinion to prediction and application.  $80,000 (co‐PI's: B. Cardinale & E. Barbier).  

  • 2012‐13- U.S. Forest Service McIntyre‐Stennis Program. Impacts of biodiversity on forest sediment erosion. $60,000 (sole PI: B. Cardinale).  

  • 2011‐12- School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan. Does Biodiversity Reduce Rates of Sediment Erosion?  $7,000 (sole PI: B. Cardinale)


Sierra Club Burton V. Barnes Award for Excellence in Academia.  Awarded annually by the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club for work leading to protection of Michigan’s environment (2015)

Named by Thompson Reuters as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2014).

Elected fellow, (AAAS) American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013).

Elected member, Science Committee of Future Earth ‐ an International Council of Science (ICSU) initiative to unify the United Nation's Environmental Change Programs (2013). 

University of California-Santa Barbara's Harold J. Plous Memorial Award (2010).

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Elected member.  Science Committee of Future Earth (2013‐2016).

Elected member. Freshwater Biodiversity Committee of DIVERSITAS ‐ a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) charged with summarizing biodiversity science to generate international policy recommendations for conservation (2010‐2013).

Member. Science Working Group of the Stream Experimental and Observational Network (2010‐2013).