Gund Tea: Taylor Ricketts, Ecology and Economics of Crop Pollination Services
- By Gund Institute
Dr. Taylor Ricketts, Professor RSENR and Director of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics presents on the ecology and economics of crop pollination services. Bees and other pollinators benefit roughly 70% of major global crops, and the value of these crop pollination services has been estimated in the 10's to 100's of millions of dollars annually. To get beyond these headlines and inform specific land-use decisions, we need to understand the landscape ecology of crop pollination, as well as the marginal economic values of pollinator habitats near farms. Taylor introduces current knowledge of crop pollination services, and then present some recent modeling work to estimate marginal values of tropical forest patches.