University of Vermont

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Taylor Ricketts

Taylor Ricketts Director Fellow

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University

BA, Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College


Phone: (802) 656-7796
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Taylor integrates natural and social sciences to address both fundamental scientific issues and real-world conservation problems. His recent work focuses on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. Other areas of interest to Taylor include: community and landscape ecology, ecosystem services, ecological economics, conservation biology, environmental policy, and biogeography. Taylor is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among universities and NGOs that maps and values natural benefits for different communities around the world. He has served as Convening Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a 5-year, UN-sponsored effort to assess global ecosystems and their contributions to human wellbeing. These and other collaborations are part of Taylor's continuing effort to link rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts worldwide. Before arriving at UVM in 2011, he led World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Science Program for nine years and continues to serves as a Senior Fellow at WWF. Taylor is the author of over 70 scientific publications, and his work has been featured in over 100 stories, in more than 20 media outlets.

AT UVM: Taylor Ricketts is a Professor of Natural Resources at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.



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Taylor’s work focuses on the overarching question: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world?

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