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Christopher Rojas

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

Chris Rojas is a PhD recipient from the Biology and Society program at Arizona State University. He is affiliated with the Ecosystem Services research group in the School of Life Sciences and the Collaborative Governance Lab in the School of Sustainability. His research interests have led him to investigate the empirical foundations for ethical arguments about the environment. For instance, have principled stances such as 'nature having immutable value' historically led to more pro-environmental outcomes than a more compromising (i.e. pragmatic) position? Or, is there evidence to suggest that pragmatism, in the distinctly American philosophical sense, can serve as guiding principles (read: an ethic) for resolving environmental dilemmas? One of the core arguments Chris makes is that cooperation and collaboration is the practical realization of a pragmatic environmental ethic and the uptick in cooperative environmental management (co-management) has been viewed as a necessary step by managers and conservationists given the increasingly urgent nature of their work. 

He is also an expert on animal ethics especially as it pertains to captivity, conservation efforts, and research and vivisection. 

Of equal importance is that Chris is native to Phoenix's west valley where he enjoys family and yardwork. 

Education: 
  • PhD, Biology and Society (Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment), Arizona State University, 2019
  • BS, Psychology, Arizona State University, 2013
  • BA, Philosophy, Arizona State University, 2013
Research Interests: 

Environmental ethics, bioethics, sustainability ethics, adaptive colllaborative management

Research Group: 
Publications: 

Minteer, Ben A. and Christopher Rojas. 2018. “The Transformative Ark.” In A Sustainable Philosophy: The Work of Bryan Norton, eds. Sahotra Sarkar and Ben A. Minteer (Springer)

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 324Environmental Ethics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 100The Living World
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 282ConceptualApproachBioMajors II