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  Daniel M Press

Daniel M Press

Professor of Environmental Studies


831-459-4015 (Fax)


Social Sciences Division

Environmental Studies Department
Social Sciences Division

Professor of Environmental Studies


Politics Department

Regular Faculty

Interdisciplinary Sciences Building

Currently on leave of absence

Environmental Studies

B.S. Fermentation Science (emphasis on enology), University of California, Davis, 1984.
M.A. Public Policy, The Claremont Graduate University, 1988.
PhD. Political Science, The Claremont Graduate University, 1992.

Environmental policy, especially land use in California, water quality regulation, greening of industry.

Environmental politics and policy, with a focus on the U.S.; land preservation, water quality regulation and management, industrial ecology, policy analysis.

National environmental policy; environmental policy analysis; water quality regulation and management, graduate environmental policy research design.

Olga T. Griswold Professor of Environmental Studies, 2007-2017
Golden Apple Teaching Award, Social Sciences Division, 2008
Co-Chair, Pepper-Giberson Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies, 1996-2002
Excellence in Teaching, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996


Carlisle, L, de Wit, MM, DeLonge, MS, Calo, A, Getz, C, Ory, J, Munden-Dixon, K, Galt, R, Melone, B, Knox, R, Iles, A and Press, D. 2019. Securing the future of US agriculture: The case for investing in new entry sustainable farmers. Elem Sci Anth, 7: 17. DOI:

American Environmental Policy: The Failures of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, Inc., 2015. 


Brian M. Dowd, Daniel Press and Marc Los Huertos. "Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Policy: the Case of California's Central Coast."  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Volume 128, no. 3, November 2008, Pages 151-161.


“Industry, Environmental Policy and Environmental Outcomes.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32, 2007.


Saving Open Space: The Politics of Local Preservation in California, Berkeley, CA: UC Press, 2002.


Democratic Dilemmas in the Age of Ecology: Trees and Toxics in the American West, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994.


ENVS 140, National Environmental Policy
ENVS 196B, Methods in Environmental Policy Analysis
ENVS 100, Ecology and Society
ENVS 240, Policy and Conservation
ENVS 146, Water Quality, Policy and Management

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