Mike Clark


Mike's research interests include the environmental, economic, and health impacts of food systems. He uses models to provide quantitative estimates on the current and projected impacts of the food system, as well as the potential benefits of changing the food system (e.g. by changing diets, or the rate at which yields increases).

Mike joined the Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention in August 2018, and is working on expanding the Centre's food system model to incorporate biodiversity and economic outcomes in collaboration with the Wellcome funded projected "Livestock, Environment and People", as well as with researchers from other departments across Oxford and international collaborators. Mike is also working on the Operationalising Guidance for the Treasury Green Book programme.

Mike holds a PhD in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and studied biology and ecology at undergraduate level.

Brief CV

2018-Current: Researcher and James Martin Fellow – Oxford

2014-2018: PhD Candidate: University of Minnesota

2012-2014: Junior Researcher – University of Minnesota

Published Papers

19. Booth, H. M Clark, E.J. Milner-Gulland, K Amponsah-Mensah, AP Antunes, S Brittain, LC Castilho, JV Campos-Silva, P de Araujo Lima Constantino, Y Li, L Mandoloma, LM Nneji, DM Iponga, B Moyo, J McNamara, OS Rakotaparivo, J Shi, CTK Tagne, J van Velden, DR Williams. Investigating the risks of removing wild meat from global food systems. Current Biology. 31, 1788–1797 (2021).

18. Herrero M, P K Thornton, D Mason-D’Croz, J Palmer, B Bodirsky, P Pradhan, C Barrett, T Benton, A Hall, I Pikaar, J Bogard, G Bonnett, B Bryan, B Campbell, S Christensen, M Clark, J Fanzo, C Godde, A Jarvis, A Loboguerrero, A Mathys, L McIntyre, R Naylor, R Nelson, M Obersteiner, A Parodi, A Popp, K Ricketts, P Smith, H Valin, S Vermeulen, J Vervoort, M van Wijk, H van Zanten, P West, S Wood, J Rockström. Articulating the impact of food systems innovation on the Sustainable Development Goals. 2020. Lancet Planetary Health.

17. Williams D*, Clark M*, Buchanan G, Ficetola F, Rondinini C, Tilman D. Proactive conservation to prevent habitat losses to agricultural expansion. 2020. Nature Sustainability. *Author order decided by flip of a coin.

16. Clark M, J Macdiarmid, A Jones, J Ranganathan, M Herrero, J Fanzo. The role of healthy diets in creating environmentally sustainable food systems. 2020. Food and Nutrition Bulletin.

15. Clark M, N Domingo, K Colgan, S Thakrar, D Tilman, J Lynch, I Azevedo, J Hill. Global food system emissions could preclude achieving the 1.5C and 2C climate change targets. (2020). Science.

14. Kehoe L, T.N.P.d. Reis, P Meyfroidt, S Bager, R Seppelt, T Kuemmerle, E Berenguer, M Clark, K.F. Davis, E.K.H.J.z. Ermgassen, K.N. Farrell, C Friis, H Haberl, T Kastner, K.L. Murtough, U.M. Persson, A Romero-Muñoz, C O’Connell, V.V. Schäfer, M Virah-Sawmy, Y.l.P.d. Waroux, J Kiesecker. Inclusion, transparency, and enforcement: how the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement fails the sustainability test. (2020). One Earth.

13. Springmann M, L Spajic, M Clark, J Poore, A Herforth, P Webb, M Rayner, P Scarborough. The healthiness and sustainability of national and global food based dietary guidelines: modelling study. (2020). BMJ.

12. Herrero M, P.K. Thornton, D Mason-D’Croz, J Palmer, T.G. Benton, B.L. Bodirsky, J Bogard, A Hall, B Lee, K Nyborg, P Pradhan, G Bonnett, B.A. Bryan, B.M. Campbell, S Christensen, M Clark, M Cook, I.J.M. de Boer, C Downs, Kanar Dizyee, C Folberth, C Godde, J Gerber, M Grundy, P Havlik, A Jarvis, R King, A.M. Loboguerrero, M.A. Lopes, C.L. McIntyre, R Naylor, J Navarra, M Obersteiner, A Parodi, M.B. Peoples, I Pikaar, A Popp, J Rockström, M Robertson, P Smith, E Stehfest, S.M. Swain, H Valin, M van Wijk, H.H.E. van Zanten, S Vermeulen, J Vervoort, P West. Accelerating progress towards sustainable food system transitions. (2020). Nature Food.

11. Clark, M, M Springmann, J Hill, and D Tilman. Multiple health and environmental impacts of foods. (2019). PNAShttps://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1906908116

10. Ray, D., P West, M Clark, J Gerber, and A Prishchepov. Climate change has likely already affected global food production. (2019). PLoSOne .https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217148

9. Hill, J, A Goodkind, C Tessum, S Thakrar, D Tilman, S Polasky, T Smith, N Hunt, K Mullins, M Clark, J Marshall. Air-quality related health damages of maize. (2019). Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0261-y

8Willett, W, J Rockström, B Loken, M Springmann, T Lang, S Vermeulen, T Garnett, D Tilman, F DeClerck, A Wood, M Jonell, M Clark, L Gordon, J Fanzo, C Hawkes, R Zurayk, J Rivera, W De Vries, L Sibanda, A Afshin, A Chaudhary, M Herrero, R Agustina, F Branco, A Lartey, S Fan, B Crona, E Fox, V Bignet, M Troell, T Lindahl, S Signh, S Cornell, K Reddy, S Narain, S Nishtar, C Murray. Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. (2019). Lancethttps://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31788-4

7. Clark, M., Hill, J. & Tilman, D. The Diet, Health, and Environment Trilemma. (2018). Annual Review of Environment and Resourceshttps://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025957


6Springmann, M. Clark, M, D M-D’Croz, K Weibe, B Bodirsky, L Lassaletta, W de Vries, S Vermeueln, M Herrero, K Carlson, M Jonell, M Troell, F DeClerck, L Gordon, R Zurayk, P Scarborough, M Rayner, B Loken, J Fanzo, H.C. Godfray, D Tilman, J Rockström, W Wilett. Options for keeping the food system within environmental limits. (2018). Naturehttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0594-0


5. Springmann, M, M Clark, W Willett. Feedlot diet for Americans that results from a misspecified optimization algorithm. (2018). PNAShttps://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1721335115


4. Clark, M and D Tilman. Comparative analysis of environmental impacts of agricultural production systems, agricultural input efficiency, and food choice. (2017). Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa6cd5

3. Tilman, D, M Clark, D Williams, K Kimmel, S Polasky, C Packer. Future threats to biodiversity and pathways to their prevention. (2017). Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature22900

2. Tilman, D. and M Clark. Food, Agriculture and the Environment: Can We Feed the World & Save the Earth? (2015). Daedalus. https://doi.org/10.1162/DAED_a_00350

1. Tilman, D. and M Clark. Global diets link environmental sustainability and human health. (2014). Nature. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature13959

Links to Programmes

Links to groups/projects/related sites


Operationalising Treasury Green Book Guidance on biodiversity