University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts, Rubenstein School
Taylor Ricketts Lab

We integrate natural and social sciences to address both fundamental research questions and real-world conservation problems. Our work is motivated by general questions like: How do landscape patterns of land use and management affect both biodiversity and ecosystem services? How can we prioritize conservation efforts to protect biodiversity and improve human well-being? Most broadly, how do we meet the needs of people and biodiversity in an increasingly crowded, changing world?

We collaborate widely to answer these questions with a mixture of field experiments, meta-analyses, and geographic modeling. We often team up with NGO scientists and field staff at the front lines of conservation. We publish our findings in peer-reviewed articles but also produce practical tools that can guide conservation and decisions more widely.

Much of our work is done in collaboration with the Fellows and students of UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, so check there for additional information and opportunities to get involved.

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