Marc Mangel has been at the forefront of developing rigorous mathematical approaches to solving major pure and applied problems in ecology, evolution and behavior. His influential books and reviews have trained several generations of biologists. His empirical work, which links models to experiments and field observations, has included novel ecological and evolutionary approaches to host-parasitoid interactions, quantitative methods for sustainable fishery management, the response of ectotherms to changing environments, the inference of species' conservation status, and the role of disturbance in conservation biology. In addition, his work on major national and international environmental policy panels have furthered the links between science and public policy.
Mangel is Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematical Biology, where he has served since 1996, and Chair of the Board of Directors of FishWise, a non-profit that uses methods of business to increase sales of sustainably harvested fish. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Theoretical Ecology Group, Department of Biology, University of Bergen. From 1980-1996, Mangel was at the University of California Davis, where he was founding Director of the Center for Population Biology (1989-1993).
In summer 2013, Mangel was the Principal Scientific Expert (and the only independent expert of three involved in the case) for Australia in the case in the International Court of Justice “Whaling in the Antarctic: Australia v. Japan. New Zealand Intervening”. Details of that case, including a link to Mangel’s testimony can be found at http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/index.php?p1=3&p2=1&code=&case=148&k=64.
In June 2014, Mangel received Doctor of Science honoris causa from the University of Guelph.Citation: “This degree is awarded in recognition of your significant academic contributions combining mathematics and statistics with theoretical ecology and evolutionary biology. You have profoundly influenced an entire generation of ecologists, environmental scientists and applied mathematicians on how to solve important practical problems and make the world a better place”.