University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts

Taylor Ricketts

Professor / Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Phone: 802-656-7796
Office: Johnson House, 617 Main Street
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Areas of Interest

Community and landscape ecology, ecosystem services, ecological economics, conservation biology, environmental policy, pollination ecology, biogeography, linking research and conservation communitites

My interests focus on the overarching issue: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world? I collaborate widely to integrate natural and social sciences in addressing both fundamental research questions and real-world conservation problems. Much of my recent work has focused on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. I work on understanding how ecosystems provide these benefits, what they are worth (and to whom), and how they might change in the future. Throughout my work, I aim to connect rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts, both in Vermont and worldwide. As part of that effort, I remain a Senior Fellow at World Wildlife Fund, where I directed the Conservation Science Program for nine years before moving to UVM.


Stanford University: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, 2000
Dartmouth College: B.A. magna cum laude in Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, 1991

Selected Publications

Myers, S., L. Gaffikin, C.D. Golden, R.S. Ostfeld, K.H. Redford, T.H. Ricketts, W.R. Turner, S.A. Osofsky (2013). Human health impacts of ecosystem alteration. PNAS 110 (47) 18753-18760.

Ricketts, T.H., E. Lonsdorf (2013). Mapping the margin: Comparing marginal values of tropical forest remnants for pollination services.Ecological Applications 23(5): 1113-1123.

Garibaldi, L.A., et al. (2013). Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey-bee abundance. Science 339(6127): 1608-1611.

Tallis, H., H. Mooney, S. Andelman, P. Balvanera, W. Cramer, D. Karp, S. Polasky, B. Reyers, T.H. Ricketts, S. Running, K. Thonicke, B. Tietjen, A. Walz (2012). A global system for monitoring ecosystem service change. Bioscience 62(11): 977-986.

Butchart, S.H., et al. (2012). Protecting important sites for biodiversity contributes to meeting global conservation targets. PloS ONE7:e32529.

Kareiva, P., H. Tallis, T.H. Ricketts, G.C. Daily, & S. Polasky, eds. (2011). Natural capital: Theory and practice of mapping ecosystem services. Oxford University Press. 432 pp.

Ricketts, T.H., B. Soares-Filho, G. A. B. da Fonseca, D. Nepstad, A. Pfaff, A. Petsonk, A. Anderson, D. Boucher, A. Cattaneo, M. Conte, K. Creighton, L. Linden, C. Maretti, P. Moutinho, R. Ullman, R. Victurine (2010). Indigenous lands, Protected areas, and slowing climate change. PLoS Biology 8:3 e10000331

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, R. Costanza, B. Fisher, R.E. Green, B. Lehner, T.R. Malcolm, T.H. Ricketts (2008). Global mapping of ecosystem services and conservation priorities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – US. 105: 9495-9500.

Ricketts, T.H., J. Regetz, I. Steffan-Dewenter, S. A. Cunningham, C. Kremen, B. Gemmill, S. S. Greenleaf, A. M. Klein, M. M. Mayfield, L. A. Morandin, A. Ochieng', R. Winfree. (2007). Landscape effects on crop pollination services: Are there general patterns?. Ecology Letters 11:499-515.

Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, T. Boucher, T.M. Brooks, S.M. Butchart, M. Hoffman, J.F. Lamoreux, J. Morrison, M. Parr, J.D. Pilgrim, A.S.L. Rodrigues, W. Sechrest, G.E. Wallace, K. Berlin, J. Bielby, N.D. Burgess, D.R. Church, N. Cox, D. Knox, C. Loucks, G.W. Luck, L.L. Master, R. Moore, R. Naidoo, R. Ridgely, G.E. Schatz, G. Shire, H. Strand, W. Wettengel, E. Wikramanayake (2005). Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – US 102:18497-18501.

Ricketts, T.H., G.C. Daily, P.R. Ehrlich, and C. Michener (2004). Economic value of tropical forest to coffee production. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – US. 101(34):12579-12582.

Imhoff, M.L., L. Bounoua, T.H. Ricketts, C. Loucks, R. Harriss, W. T. Lawrence (2004) Global patterns in human consumption of net primary production. Nature 429:870-873.