University of Vermont

Jon Erickson

Jon Erickson

Professor of Ecological Economics

Phone: 802-656-3328
Office: 204D Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

Ecological economics, climate change economics and policy, renewable energy development, greenhouse gas emissions and energy modeling, community-based watershed management, forest resource values, community empowerment and health education through grassroots sports, and regional sustainable development

Jon Erickson is Professor of Ecological Economics. He has published widely on energy & climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics. His books include The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of films such as the four-part PBS series Bloom on sources and solutions to nutrient pollution in Lake Champlain.

He was the Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School from 2012-2014, Managing Director of UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics from 2009-2012, and is past President of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies, and serves on the board or advisory committee of numerous nongovernmental organizations. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania; Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra; and was on the economics faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining the University of Vermont in 2002.

Instructional Programs

Environmental Studies
Natural Resources


Ph.D. 1997 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University
M.S. 1993 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University
B.S. 1991 Applied Economics and Business Management, Cornell University
A.S.1989 Business Administration, North Country Community College

Selected Publications

Porter, W.F., Erickson, J.D. and R. Whaley (Eds.), "The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park", Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2009.

Hong, B., Limburg, K.E., Erickson, J.D., Gowdy, J.M., Nowosielski, A., Polimeni, J. and K. Stainbrook, "Connecting the Ecological-Economic Dots in Human-Dominated Watersheds: Models to Link Socio-Economic Activities on the Landscape to Stream Ecosystem Health", Landscape and Urban Planning 91(2): 78-87, 2009.

Erickson, J.D. and J. Gowdy (Eds.), "Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application", Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2007.

Erickson, J.D., Messner, F. and I. Ring (Eds.), "Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management", Series on Advances in the Economics of Environmental Resources, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2007.

Farley, J., Erickson, J.D. and H. Daly, "Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning", Island Press, Washington, DC, 2005.

Additional Links

Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
Environmental Studies Program
U.S. Society for Ecological Economics
Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies
Fundacion de Libertad
Conservation and Research Foundation