Dr Michael Clark
Researcher and James Martin Fellow
Dr Michael Clark’s research focuses on the impact that food systems have on environmental sustainability and human health. He uses a combination of large datasets and modelling analyses to investigate the environmental and health impacts of our food choices, and to further identify how food system transitions might have potential to improve health and environmental outcomes.
- Climate change
- Food system sustainability
- Global food system emissions could preclude achieving the 1.5C and 2C climate change targets. (2020). Science.
- Proactive conservation to prevent habitat losses to agricultural expansion. Williams D*, Clark M*, Buchanan G, Ficetola F, Rondinini C, Tilman D. 2020. Nature Sustainability
- Multiple health and environmental impacts of foods. Clark, M, M Springmann, J Hill, and D Tilman. (2019). PNAS.
- The Diet, Health, and Environment Trilemma. Clark, M., Hill, J. & Tilman, D. (2018). Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
- Comparative analysis of environmental impacts of agricultural production systems, agricultural input efficiency, and food choice. Clark, M and D Tilman. (2017). Environmental Research Letters.
- Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. Willett, W, J Rockström, B Loken, M Springmann, T Lang, S Vermeulen, T Garnett, D Tilman, F DeClerck, A Wood, M Jonell, M Clark, et al. (2019). Lancet.
- Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits. Springmann, M. Clark, M, D M-D’Croz, K Weibe, B Bodirsky, L Lassaletta, W de Vries, S Vermeueln, M Herrero, K Carlson, M Jonell, M Troell, F DeClerck, L Gordon, et al (2018). Nature.
- Global diets link environmental sustainability and human health. Tilman, D. and M Clark. (2014). Nature.
Dr Michael Clark has extensive experience with media interviews, including: newspapers, magazines, radio, video, and podcasts.
Recent media work
- Your Diet is Cooking the Planet (The Atlantic, 2021)
- Global food industry on course to drive rapid habitat loss (The Guardian, 2020)
- Nearly all land animal species could lose part of habitat by 2050 (New Scientist, 2020)
- Why we need policies to reduce meat consumption now (Vox, 2020)
- Healthy diet means a healthy planet (The Guardian, 2019)