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Mary Donovan

  •  Center for Global Discovery & Conservation Science Biodesign Institute C 1001 S. McAllister Ave Tempe
Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302

Mary Donovan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, and a Senior Global Futures Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. Donovan is a quantitative spatial ecologist focused on applied questions that inform conservation and management of coupled human-natural systems. Donovan’s research is motivated by informing decisions for conservation that consider how ecosystems are threatened by both local and global impacts. Her applied work is done alongside practitioners and stakeholders who are implementing management and policy, and includes studies on complex ecological dynamics, local and global impacts on reefs, marine spatial planning, invasive species, fisheries, and ecological resilience. Prior to joining ASU, Donovan was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Donovan received her doctorate in Zoology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Ph.D. Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

M.S. Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

B.A. Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 591Seminar
GPH 591Seminar
GIS 591Seminar
BIO 598Special Topics
GIS 690Reading and Conference
GPH 692Research
PUP 701Urban Planning Colloquium
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
GIS 270Stats for Geography & Planning