J. Alan Clark
Adjunct Professor of Law

Department of Biological Sciences
Fordham University, 370 Larkin Hall
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Email: jaclark@fordham.edu
Telephone: 718.817.3678

After acquiring undergraduate degrees in both religion and music education, Alan taught music in public schools and spent several years performing nationally in theatre and opera. Returning to his childhood dream of working for the protection of wildlife, Alan enrolled in a joint environmental law/natural resource policy graduate program at the University of Michigan. Alan worked as a legal intern with the National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the New Zealand Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. For his M.S. thesis, Alan explored the definition of “species” throughout history, culminating in an analysis of how “species” is defined in the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

After working for several years as an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle practicing land conservation law, Alan began a Ph.D. program in Biology at the University of Washington where he investigated the role of vocalizations in female mate choice in Magellanic penguins. During graduate school, Alan continued to explore the intersection of law, science, and policy, publishing several papers analyzing the U.S. Endangered Species Act recovery planning process and taxonomic bias in conservation research. Alan continues to be keenly interested in how law, policy, and science interact regarding issues of biodiversity conservation.

Alan is actively working to strengthen and expand Fordham University’s conservation biology program. Currently, Alan has several collaborative research projects with the Wildlife Conservation Society; is investigating the vocalizations of several bird species, including pewees in the Northeast U.S., wrens in Central America, and warblers in the Pacific Northwest; and is supervising a collaborative research project with the Environmental Defense Fund studying threatened bog turtles.


  • Ph.D. Department of Biology, University of Washington, 2006
  • M.S. Natural Resource Policy, School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, 1994
  • J.D. School of Law, University of Michigan, 1992

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