Prof. Jerry Melillo

The Ecosystems Centre of The Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts, USA


Ex-officio member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Prof. Jerry Melillo is a Distinguished Scientist and Director Emeritus at The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, and a Professor of Biology at Brown University. Dr. Melillo specializes in understanding the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems from local to global scales, using a combination of field studies and simulation modeling. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the Associate Director for Environment in the US President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Melillo has completed terms as the President of the Ecological Society of America and of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), an international environmental assessment body headquartered in Paris.  He is an honorary Professor in the Institute of Geophysical Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Melillo has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, two ecology textbooks and three edited volumes on biogeochemistry. Over the past decade he has co-led two assessments for the US Global Change Research Program on the impacts of climate change on the United States; the first published in 2000 and the second published in 2009. Dr. Melillo is currently the Chairman of the federal advisory committee overseeing the design and production of the US Global Change Research Program’s ongoing assessment activity.