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Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:environmental research, ecological economics
Biography:Costanza is director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at UVM, a transdisciplinary research and teaching institute that integrates natural and social science tools to address environmental research, policy and management issues at multiples scales, from small watersheds to global systems. The Institute was established to fill the growing need to integrate the study and management of "nature's household" (ecology) and "humankind's household" (economics). Prior to moving to Vermont in August 2002, Costanza was director of the University of Maryland Institute's for Ecological Economics and a professor in the Center for Environmental Science, at Solomons, and in the Biology Department at College Park. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society's journal, Ecological Economics from its inception until Sept. 2002. He currently serves on the editorial board of eight other international academic journals and is president of the International Society for Ecosystem Health. In 1982 he was selected as a Kellogg National Fellow; in 1992 he was awarded the Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award; in 1993 he was selected as a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment; and in 1998 he was awarded the Kenneth Boulding Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Ecological Economics. Among is published research is an article on the economic advantages of environmental research, which appeared in the Aug. 5, 2002 issue of the journal, Science. More information on Costanza and the Gund Institute is online at