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Taylor Ricketts Lab

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Selected Publications

These are selected publications that represent our work. A full list of Taylor Ricketts' publications can be found in his CV and on his Google Scholar Profile.


Herrera, D., A. Ellis, B. Fisher, C.D. Golden, K. Johnson, M. Mulligan, A. Pfaff, T. Truer, T.H. Ricketts (2017). Upstream watershed condition predicts rural children’s health across 35 developing countries. Nature Communications 8: 811. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00775-2. PDF

Nicholson, C.C., I. Koh, A. Beauchemin, L.L. Richardson, and T.H. Ricketts. 2017. Farm and landscape factors interact to affect the supply of pollination services. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 250: 113-122. PDF

Imbach P, Fung E, Hannah L, Navarro-Racines CE, Roubik DW, Ricketts TH, et al. 2017. Coupling of pollination services and coffee suitability under climate change. Proc Natl Acad Sci . doi:10.1073/pnas.1617940114 PDF

Bronstein, J.L., J.L. Barker, E.M. Lichtenberg, L.L. Richardson, and R.E. Irwin. 2017. The behavioral ecology of nectar robbing: Why be tactic constant? Current Opinion in Insect Science 21: 14-18. PDF

Sonter, L.J., T.H. Ricketts, B. Fisher. C.C. Nicholson, J.A. Johnson, K.B. Watson, and L.L. Richardson. 2017. Multi-site interactions: Understanding the offsite impacts of land use change on the use and supply of ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 23: 158-164. PDF

Sonter, L. J., Tomsett, N., Wu, D., & Maron, M. 2017. Biodiversity offsetting in dynamic landscapes: Influence of regulatory context and counterfactual assumptions on achievement of no net loss. Biological Conservation 206: 314-319. PDF


Ricketts, T.H., Watson, K.B., Koh, I., Ellis, A.M., Nicholson, C.C., Posner, S., Richardson, L.L. and Sonter, L.J., 2016. Disaggregating the evidence linking biodiversity and ecosystem services. Nature communications, 7, p.13106. PDF

Sonter LJ, Watson KB, Wood SA, Ricketts TH. Spatial and temporal dynamics and value of nature-based recreation, estimated via social media. PLoS one. 2016 Sep 9. PDF

Gourevitch, J., P. Hawthorne, B. Keeler, C. Beatty, M. Greve, M. Verdone (2016) Optimizing investments in national-scale forest landscape restoration in Uganda to maximize multiple benefits. Environmental Research Letters 11. PDF

Watson, K.B., Ricketts, T.H., Galford, G., Polasky, S. & J. O’Neil-Dunne (2016) Quantifying flood mitigation services: The economic value of Otter Creek wetlands and floodplains to Middlebury, VT. Ecological Economics 130: 16-24. PDF

Posner, S., G. Verutes, D. Denu, and T. Ricketts. (2016) Global use of ecosystem service models. Ecosystem Services 17:131-141. PDF

Posner, S.M., E. McKenzie, and T.H. Ricketts. (2016) Policy impacts of ecosystem services knowledge. PDF

Posner, S., C. Getz, and T. Ricketts. (2016) Evaluating the impact of ecosystem service assessments on decision-makers. Environmental Science and Policy 64:30-37. PDF

Koh, I., Lonsdorf, E. V., Williams, N. M., Brittain, C., Isaacs, R., Gibbs, J. & T.H. Ricketts (2016) Modeling the status, trends, and impacts of wild bee abundance in the United States. Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517685113 PDF


Sills, E.O., D. Herrera, A.J. Kirkpatrick, et al. (2015) Estimating the Impacts of Local Policy Innovation: The Synthetic Control Method Applied to Tropical Deforestation. PlosOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132590 PDF

Galford, G.L., B.S. Soares-Filho, L.J. Sonter, N. Laporte (2015) Will passive protection save Congo Forests? PlosOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128473 PDF

Kerr, J.T., Pindar, A., Galpern, P., Packer, L., Potts, S.G., Roberts, S.M., Rasmont, P., Schweiger, O., Colla, S.R., Richardson, L.L., et al. (2015) Climate change impacts on bumblebees converge across continents. Science 349:177–180. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7031 PDF

Kleijn, D., R. Winfree, I. Bartomeus, L.G. Carvalheiro, M. Henry, R. Isaacs, A. Klein, C. Kremen, L.K.M. Gonigle, R. Rader, T.H. Ricketts, et al. (2015) Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications 5:7414. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8414 PDF

Guerry, A. D., S. Polasky, J. Lubchenco, R. Chaplin-Kramer, G.C. Daily, R. Griffin, M. Ruckelshaus, I.J. Bateman, A. Duraiappah, T. Elmqvist,, M.W. Feldman, C. Folke, J. Hoekstra, R.M. Kareiva, B.L Keeler, S. Li, E. McKenzie, Z. Ouyang, B. Reyers, T.H Ricketts, et al. (2015). Natural capital and ecosystem services informing decisions: From promise to practice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(24):7348–7355. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1503751112 PDF

Sonter, L.J., D.J. Barrett, et al. (2015) Carbon emissions due to deforestation for the production of charcoal used in Brazil’s steel industry. Nature Climate Change 5:359–363. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2515 PDF

Richardson, L.L., L.S. Adler, et al. (2015) Secondary metabolites in floral nectar reduce parasite infections in bumblebees. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 282, 20142471. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2471 PDF

Ellis, A.M., S.S. Myers, T.H. Ricketts (2015). Do pollinators contribute to nutritional health? PLoS ONE 10(1): e114805. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0114805. PDF

Koh, I., J.D. Holland (2015) Grassland plantings and landscape natural areas both influence insect natural enemies. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 199:190–199. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.09.007 PDF


Redford, K.H., S.S. Myers, T.H. Ricketts, et al. (2014). Human Health as a Judicious Conservation Opportunity. Conservation Biology 28(3):627–629. PDF

Bhagabati, N.K., T.H Ricketts, et al. (2014). Ecosystem services reinforce Sumatran toger conservation in land use plans. Biological Conservation, 169:147–156. PDF

McKenzie, E., S. Posner, et al. (2014) Understanding the use of ecosystem services knowledge in decision making: lessons from international experiences of spatial planning. Environmental and Planning C: Government and Policy 32:320–340. DOI: 10.1068/c12292j PDF


Brendan Fisher, Andrew Balmford, Paul J Ferraro, Louise Glew, Michael Mascia, Robin Naidoo, Taylor H Ricketts (2013). Moving Rio Forward and Avoiding 10 More Years with Little Evidence for Effective Conservation Policy. Conservation Biology 28(3): 880-882. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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

Insu Koh, Helen I. Rowe, and Jeffrey D. Holland 2013. Graph and circuit theory connectivity models of conservation biological control agents. Ecological Applications 23:1554–1573. PDF

Farley, J., Burke, M., Flomenhoft, G., Kelly, B., Murray, D., Posner, S., Putnam, M., Scanlan, A., Witham, A. (2013). Monetary and Fiscal Policies for a Finite Planet. Sustainability, 5(6): 2802-2826. PDF

Posner, S. and Stuart, R. Understanding and advancing campus sustainability using a systems framework. (2013) International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14(3): 264-277. PDF

2012 and earlier

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. PDF

Butchart, S.H., et al. (2012). Protecting important sites for biodiversity contributes to meeting global conservation targets. PloS ONE 7:e32529. PDF

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. LINK

Abell, R., M. Thieme, T.H. Ricketts, N. Olwero, R. Ng, P. Petry, E. Dinerstein, C. Revenga, J. Hoekstra (2011). Concordance of freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity. Conservation Letters 4:127-136. PDF

Swetnam, R. D., B. Fisher, B. P. Mbilinyi, P. K. Munishi, S . Willcock, T.H. Ricketts, S. Mwakalila, A. Balmford, N.D. Burgess, A.R. Marshall, S.L. Lewis (2011). Mapping socio-economic scenarios of land cover change: a GIS method to enable ecosystem service modelling. Journal of Environmental Management 92:563-574. PDF

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

Lonsdorf, E., Kremen, C., Ricketts, T.H., Winfree, R., Williams, N. and Greenleaf, S. (2009). Modeling pollination services across agricultural landscapes. Annals of Botany 103(9): 1-12. PDF

Daily, G.C., S. Polasky, J. Goldstein, P. M. Kareiva, H.A. Mooney, L. Pejchar, T.H. Ricketts, J. Salzman, R. Shallenberger (2009). Ecosystem services in decision-making: Time to deliver. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 7(1):21-28. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

Zhang, W., T.H. Ricketts, C. Kremen, K.M. Carney, S.M. Swinton (2007). Ecosystem services and dis-services to agriculture. Ecological Economics 64: 253-260. PDF

Naidoo, R., A. Balmford, P. J. Ferraro, S. Polasky, T. H. Ricketts, M. Rouget (2006). Integrating economic costs into conservation planning. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21(12): 681-687. PDF

Naidoo, R. and T.H. Ricketts (2006). Mapping economic costs and benefits of conservation. PLoS Biology 4(11):e360. PDF

Lamoreux, J.F., J.C. Morrison, T.H. Ricketts, D.M. Olson, E. Dinerstein, M.W. McKnight, H. H. Shugart (2006). Global tests of biodiversity concordance and the importance of endemism. Nature 440:212-213. PDF

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. PDF

Loh, J., R.E. Green, T.H. Ricketts, J. Lamoreux, M. Jenkins, V. Kapos, and J. Randers (2005). The Living Planet Index: Using species population time series to track trends in biodiversity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B 360:289-295. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

Alcamo, et al. 2003. Ecosystems and human well-being: A framework for assessment. Island Press. Washington DC. 245 pp.

Ricketts, T.H. 2001. The matrix matters: effective isolation in fragmented landscapes. American Naturalist 158(1):87-99. PDF

Balvanera, P., G.C. Daily, P.R. Ehrlich, T.H. Ricketts, S.A. Bailey, S.Kark, C. Kremen, and H. Pereira. 2001. Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services. Science 291(5511):2047. PDF

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