Jerry Melillo is the Director of The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and a Professor of Biology at Brown University.
His center in Woods Hole focuses on environmental research in three areas: global change; management of coastal zone ecosystems; and globalization and transformation of the tropical landscape. Professor Melillo specializes in understanding the impacts of human activities on the biogeochemistry of ecological systems, 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. Professor Melillo served terms as the President of the Ecological Society of America and of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), the environmental assessment body of the International Council for Science.
He is an honorary Professor in the Institute of Geophysical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His publication record includes more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, two ecology textbooks and three edited volumes on biogeochemistry.