University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts Lab

Steve Polasky named UVM Marsh Professor-at-large


The Gund Institute and the University of Vermont are pleased to announce Dr. Stephen Polasky’s recent appointment as a University of Vermont James Marsh Professor-at-large. 

Marsh Professors are outstanding individuals of international distinction in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, and applied fields. Their sole mandate is to invigorate the intellectual and cultural life of the University. They are non-resident faculty with six-year terms of office who come to the campus to offer public lectures; collaborate with students and faculty colleagues in scientific research, scholarly projects, and creative activities; conduct seminars and colloquia; and take part in informal conversations with students and colleagues.

Dr. Polasky brings with him a wide range of interests that compliment the Gund Institute’s transdisciplinary research. He's been instrumental in work on ecosystem services, biofuels, optimizing conservation investments, and in generally linking economics with ecology to address conservation problems. Dr. Polasky is currently leading efforts to develop methods to value ecosystem services for the Natural Capital Project and is co-leader of the BioSustainability project for DIVERSITAS. His research interests also include endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources.

Dr. Polasky is a Professor in Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota; he received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979. He previously held faculty positions at Oregon State University and at Boston College. He serves on the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He served as Senior Staff Economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999.  

UVM and the Gund are looking forward to welcoming Steve on campus next fall for the first in a series of visits that will enrich Gund’s work on ecosystem services and ecological economics.