University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts Lab

Proposal funded: biodiversity and human well-being

NSF's SESYNC grant for synthesis in social-environmental systems

Our proposal, "Evaluating relationships among human health and welfare, ecological condition and natural resources governance", was funded this summer by SESYNC, NSF's new synthesis center for social-environmental systems.

Brendan Fisher at WWF's Conservation Science Program led the proposal.  Taylor is a co-PI, and other leaders include Robin Naidoo (WWF), Kiersten Johnson (ICF International), and Anila Jacob (USAID).

Our working group will take an informatics approach to rigorously testing whether ecosystem conservation has measurable impacts on human well-being (e.g., income, health, security), using large datasets of household surveys and spatial modeling techniques.

Anapolis, here we come...