University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Dr. Stephen Polasky Comes to UVM and Gund as a James Marsh Professor-at-large

The Gund Institute and the University of Vermont are pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen Polasky from October 14th-18th for his first visit as a University of Vermont James Marsh Professor-at-large.  During his visit Dr. Polasky will be guest lecturing in courses, meeting with faculty and students and starting a new collaborative project with Taylor, others at UVM, and local Vermont stakeholders.  He will give two lectures during the week that are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Oct. 16. 2:00 PM – Marsh Lecture - "The main challenges to mainstreaming natural capital." Waterman Memorial Lounge, reception to follow in the Waterman Manor.

Friday, Oct. 18.  12:00 Gund Tea /  RSENR Seminar - "Projected land-use change impacts on ecosystem services in the U.S." Jeffords Hall, Room 112

Marsh Professors are outstanding individuals of international distinction in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, and applied fields. Their sole mandate is to invigorate the intellectual and cultural life of the University. They are non-resident faculty with six-year terms of office who come to the campus to offer public lectures; collaborate with students and faculty colleagues in scientific research, scholarly projects, and creative activities; conduct seminars and colloquia; and take part in informal conversations with students and colleagues.

Dr. Polasky brings with him a wide range of interests that compliment the Gund Institute’s transdisciplinary research. He's been instrumental in work on ecosystem services, biofuels, optimizing conservation investments, and in generally linking economics with ecology to address conservation problems. Dr. Polasky is currently leading efforts to develop methods to value ecosystem services for the Natural Capital Project and is co-leader of the BioSustainability project for DIVERSITAS. His research interests also include endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources.

Dr. Polasky is a Professor in Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota; he received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979. He previously held faculty positions at Oregon State University and at Boston College. He serves on the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He served as Senior Staff Economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999.  

UVM and the Gund are excited to welcome Steve on campus for the first in a series of visits that will enrich Gund’s work on ecosystem services and ecological economics.