Bradley J. Cardinale
Professor Cardinale works on the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in natural systems, as well as the ecological design of human engineered systems that benefit from biodiversity. He uses mathematical models, lab- and field-based experiments, observational studies of natural ecosystems, and meta-analyses of existing data to examine how human activities impact Earth's biological diversity, and to protect and manage species, their ecosystems, and the services they provide to society.
Professor Cardinale teaches classes in Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration, and Ecosystem Services. He has written over 120 scientific papers, as well as a textbook on conservation biology. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America. In 2014, Cardinale was named one of ‘The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds′ by Thomson Reuters, one of the main sources of impact factors used in the assessment of scientific articles and careers.
Professor Cardinale's research focuses on the conservation and restoration of biodiversity, as well as the use of ecological design to improve human engineered ecosystems. Most of his work has focused on the management of biodiversity in freshwater habitats (streams, lakes, wetlands), though he has worked in ecosystems as diverse as grasslands, forests, and kelp beds.
Work from the Cardinale Lab has received extensive recognition in the popular media, leading to numerous interviews on U.S. National Public Radio (NPR), and coverage in Reuters, the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC), and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC).
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- GChang, F. H., and B. J. Cardinale. 2020. Intra-guild predation (IGP) can increase or decrease prey density depending on the strength of IGP. Ecology, e03012 (doi:10.1002/ecy.3012).
- Carruthers, D. N., PC. M. Godwin, D. C. Hietala, B. J. Cardinale, X. N. Lin, and P. E. Savage. 2019. Biodiversity improves life cycle sustainability metrics in algal biofuel production. Environmental Science & Technology, 53:9279-9288 (doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b00909).
- GAlbertson, L. K., L. S. Skylar, S. D. Cooper, and B. J. Cardinale. 2019. Aquatic macroinvertebrates stabilize gravel bed sediment: A test using silk net-spinning caddisflies in semi-natural river channels. PLoS One 14:e0209087 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0209087).
- Cardinale, B. J., A. Gonzalez, G. R. H. Allington, M. Loreau. 2018. Is local biodiversity in decline or not? A summary of the debate over analysis of species richness time trends. Biological Conservation, 219:175-183.
- PGodwin, C. M., D. C. Hietala, TA. R. Lashaway, PA. Narwani, P. E. Savage, B. J. Cardinale. 2017. Ecological stoichiometry meets ecological engineering: Using algal polycultures to enhance the multi-functionality of algal biocrude systems. Environmental Science & Technology, 51:11450-11458 (doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b02137).
- Duffy, J. E., C. M. Godwin, and B. J. Cardinale. 2017. Biodiversity effects in the wild are common and as strong as key drivers of productivity. Nature, 549:261-264.
- PNarwani, A., TA. Lashaway, GD. Hietala, P. Savage, and B. J. Cardinale. 2016. The power of plankton: effects of algal biodiversity on biocrude production and stability. Environmental Science and Technology, 50:13142-13150 (doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b03256).
- Hungate, B. A., E. B. Barbier, A. W. Ando, S. P. Marks, P. B. Reich, N. van Gestel, D. G. Tilman, J. M. H. Knops, B. J. Butterfield, and B. J. Cardinale. 2017. The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage. Science Advances, 3:e1601880.
- Cardinale B. J., 2013. Towards a general theory of biodiversity for the Anthropocene. Elementa, 1:000014 (doi:10.12952/journal.elementa.000014).
- Cardinale, B. J., J. E. Duffy, A. Gonzalez, D. U. Hooper, C. Perrings, PP. Venail, PA. Narwani, G. M. Mace, D. Tilman, D. A. Wardle, A. P. Kinzig, G. C. Daily, M. Loreau, J. B. Grace, A. Larigauderie, D. Srivastava, and S. Naeem. 2012. Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity. Nature, 486:59-67 (doi:10.1038/nature11148).
- 2020-22 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Amendment to the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR): A New Regional Research Institute. $10,000,000 (PI: B. Cardinale).
- 2020-21 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Great Lakes shoreline restoration evaluation and benchmarks. $174,768 (PI: B. Cardinale).
- 2017-22 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR): A New Regional Research Institute. $20,000,000 (lead PI: B. Cardinale, co-PI’s: J. Arvai, D. Brown, J. Diana, T. Johengen, B. Kerkez, M. Lemos, R. Norton, J. Read).
- 2018-21 U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Tailored bioblendstocks with low environmental impact to optimize MCCI engines. $2,500,000 (lead PI: A. Boehman, co-PI’s: B. Cardinale, L. Thompson, D. Haworth, P. Savage).
- 2018-20 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Improving water cycle prediction in the WRF-Hydro national water model through regional calibration, data assimilation, and coastal coupling systems. $549,408 (lead PI: B. Cardinale, co-PI’s: Eric Anderson, Laura Read).
- 2016-18 University of Michigan Energy Institute. Beyond Carbon Neutral: Can biodiversity help increase C-capture and storage? $40,000 (sole PI: B. Cardinale).
- 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).
- 2010-15 U.S. National Science Foundation. Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Can evolutionary history predict how changes in how biodiversity impacts the productivity of ecosystems? $2,089,104 original + supplements (lead PI: B. Cardinale, co-PI's: T. Oakley, C. Delwiche).
- 2015-19 Named by Clarivate Analytics as a Highly Cited Researcher, ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents in subject field of Environment/Ecology.
- 2017 Elected fellow, Ecological Society of America (ESA). ESA fellows are elected by their peers of the society for outstanding advances or applications of ecological knowledge in academics, government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
- 2015 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.
- 2014 Named by Thompson Reuters as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds – a distinction for researchers who have written the greatest number of papers designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers from 2002-12 (ranking in the top 1% of citations for subject field of Environment/Ecology).
- 2013 Elected fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
PhD, University of Maryland (biology)
MS, Michigan State University (fisheries and wildlife)
BS, Arizona State University (biology)