University of Vermont


Brendan Fisher

Brendan Fisher

Associate Professor

Phone: 802-656-0351
Office: 312G Aiken Center
Environmental Program profile:

Areas of Interest

Biodiversity conservation, conservation and human livelihoods, environmental economics, environment, equity and justice, ecosystem services

Dr. Brendan Fisher is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont. His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, natural resource economics and human behavior. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, health, ecosystem services and biological conservation, and the author with colleagues of two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Roberts and Company, 2015). Brendan teaches courses on sustainability science, behavioral economics, environmental/ecological economics and ecosystem management.

His field research has been undertaken in Borneo, Cambodia, Mozambique, and Tanzania. He was recently a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow working on relationships between the ecological conditions of coastal regions, gender inequality and childhood health. When he’s not working he spends most of his time enjoying the Vermont outdoors with his wife and three children.

Instructional Programs

Environmental Studies
Natural Resources


PhD, 2006, Natural Resources, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
MSc, 2001, Geography, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
BSc, 1998, Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Selected Publications

Fisher, B., A.M. Ellis, D.K. Adams, H.E. Fox, and E.R. Selig. 2015. "Health, wealth, and education: implications for coastal population wellbeing and marine conservation." Marine Ecological Progress Series 530:233-42.

Bateman, I. J., E. Coombes, E. Fitzherbert, A. Binner, T. Bad'ura, C. Carbone, B. Fisher, R. Naidoo, and A. R. Watkinson. 2015. "Conserving tropical biodiversity via market forces and spatial targeting." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (24):7408-13. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1406484112.

Fisher, B., D. P. Edwards, and D. S. Wilcove. 2014. "Logging and conservation: Economic impacts of the stocking rates and Prices of commercial timber species." Forest Policy and Economics 38:65-71. doi: 10.1016/j.forpol.2013.05.006.

Fisher, B., A. Balmford, P. J. Ferraro, L. Glew, M. Mascia, R. Naidoo, and T. H. Ricketts. 2014. "Moving Rio Forward and Avoiding 10 More Years with Little Evidence for Effective Conservation Policy." Conservation Biology 28 (3):880-2.

Wilcove, D. S., X. Giam, D. P. Edwards, B.Fisher, and L.P. Koh. 2013. "Navjot's nightmare revisited: logging, agriculture, and biodiversity in Southeast Asia." Trends in Ecology & Evolution (0). doi:

Fisher, B., Simon L. Lewis, Neil D. Burgess, Rogers E. Malimbwi, Panteleo K. Munishi, Ruth D. Swetnam, R. Kerry Turner, Simon Willcock, and Andrew Balmford. 2011. "Implementation and opportunity costs of reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Tanzania." Nature Climate Change 1 (3):161-4. doi: 10.1038/nclimate1119.

Fisher, B., D. P. Edwards, T.H. Larsen, F.A. Ansell, W. W. Hsu, and D.S. Wilcove. 2011. "Cost-effective Conservation: calculating biodiversity and logging tradeoffs in Southeast Asia." Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00198.x.

Fisher, B., D. P. Edwards, X. L. Giam, and D. S. Wilcove. 2011. "The high costs of conserving Southeast Asia's lowland rainforests." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9 (6):329-34. doi: 10.1890/100079.

Swetnam, R. D., B. Fisher, B., Mbilinyi, P. K. T. Munishi, S. Willcock, T. Ricketts, S. Mwakalila, et al. 2011. "Mapping socio-economic scenarios of land cover change: A GIS method to enable ecosystem service modelling." Journal of Environmental Management 92 (3):563-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.09.007.

Fisher, B. 2010. "African exception to drivers of deforestation." Nature Geoscience 3 (6):375-6.

Ahrends, A., N. D. Burgess, S. A. H. Milledge, M. T. Bulling, B. Fisher, J. C. R. Smart, G. P. Clarke, B. E. Mhoro, and S. L. Lewis. 2010. "Predictable waves of sequential forest degradation and biodiversity loss spreading from an African city." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107 (33):14556-61. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0914471107.

Fisher, B., R. K. Turner, and P. Morling. 2009. "Defining and classifying ecosystem services for decision making." Ecological Economics 68 (3):643-53. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.09.014.

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, R. Costanza, B. Fisher, R. E. Green, B. Lehner, T. R. Malcolm, and T. H. Ricketts. 2008. "Global mapping of ecosystem services and conservation priorities." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105 (28):9495-500. doi: Doi 10.1073/Pnas.0707823105.

Additional Links

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics