James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program
Biography: Stephen Polasky
Fesler Lampert Professor
of Ecological/Environmental Economics
University of Minnesota
Stephen Polasky is among the world’s leaders in combining ecology and economics to quantify the benefits of nature to human society. As an interdisciplinary scientist, he holds joint appointments in the Department of Applied Economics and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and draws tools from across the social and natural sciences to address some of the largest issues facing humanity. He has assessed the impact of biofuels on agricultural landscapes, climate change, and food prices, and he has pioneered a rigorous return-on-investment approach to endangered species policy. He was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
October 16, 2013, "The Main Challenges To Mainstreaming Natural Capital"
October 28, 2014, "Getting To A Global Climate Deal: Yes We Can!"
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