Cutler Cleveland

Department of Earth and Environment
Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(617) 353-7552

Research Interests:

  • Oil and gas exploration and development
  • Evaluating alternative energies
  • Natural resources and sustainable development

Courses Taught:

CAS GG100 Introduction to Environmental Science
CAS GG/EE518 Natural Resource Scarcity & Economic Growth

Brief Biography:

Cutler J. Cleveland holds a BS in Ecology and Systematics from Cornell University, a MS in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently is the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University, where he also holds the position of Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. Dr. Cleveland is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2004), winner of an American Library Association award, and Editor-in-Chief of the Dictionary of Energy (Elsevier Science, 2005) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Economics. Dr. Cleveland is a member of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Energy Statistics, an advisory group to the Department of Energy, and a participant in the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum.

He has been a consultant to numerous private and public organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, Charles River Associates, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the MacArthur Foundation have supported his research.

Dr. Cleveland’s research focuses on the ecological-economic analysis of how energy and materials are used to meet human needs. His research employs the use of econometric models of oil supply, natural resource scarcity, and the relation between the use of energy and natural resources and economic systems. Dr. Cleveland publishes in journals such as Nature, Science, Ecological Modeling, Energy, The Energy Journal, The Annual Review of Energy, Resource and Energy Economics, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and Ecological Economics. He has won publication awards from the International Association of Energy Economics, the American Library Association, and the National Wildlife Federation.