Director, Environmental Program

Dr. Brendan Fisher is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont.  His research and fieldwork lie at the nexus of conservation, development, natural resource economics and human behavior.  He is the author of over 85 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, health, ecosystem services and biological conservation, and the author with colleagues of two books, Valuing Ecosystem Services (Earthscan, London, 2008) and A Field Guide to Economics for Conservationists (Roberts and Company, 2015).  Brendan teaches courses on sustainability science, behavioral economics, environmental/ecological economics and ecosystem management.

His field research has been undertaken in Borneo, Cambodia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.  He was recently a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow working on relationships between the ecological conditions of coastal regions, gender inequality and childhood health.  When he’s not working he spends most of his time enjoying the Vermont outdoors with his wife and three children.


  • Fisher, B., Naidoo, R., Guernier, J., Johnson, K., Mullins, D., Robinson, D. Integrating Fisheries and Agricultural Programs for Food Security. 2017. DOI 10.1186/s40066-016-0078-0
  • Naidoo R, Fisher B, Manica A, Balmford A. Estimating economic losses to tourism in Africa from the illegal killing of elephants. Nature Communications. 2016;
  • Hua F, Wang X, Zheng X, Fisher B, Wang L, Zhu J, et al. Opportunities for biodiversity gains under the world’s largest reforestation programme. Nature Communications. 2016 Sep 6;7:12717.
  • Fisher B, Naidoo R. The Geography of Gender Inequality. PlosONE. 2016;11(3):e0145778.
  • Fisher B, Ellis AM, Adams DK, Fox HE, Selig ER. Health, wealth, and education: the socioeconomic backdrop for marine conservation in the developing world. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2015;530:233–42.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Fellow, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont
  • Fellow, World Wildlife Fund
  • Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE- University of East Anglia)
  • Editorial Board, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Editorial Board, Oryx
  • Editorial Board, Conservation Letters

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Biodiversity conservation, conservation and human livelihoods, environmental economics, behavioral economics, equity and justice, ecosystem services


  • PhD, Natural Resources, University of Vermont
  • MSc, Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University
  • BSc, Civil Engineering, Bucknell University


  • 802-656-4055
Office Location:

Bittersweet House Room 301

Office Hours:

Tues.9:00 - 10:30 and Wed. 1:00 - 2:30


Courses Taught

  • ENVS 188 Sustainability Science
  • ENVS 201 Research Methods

Other Courses:

  • NR 205 Ecosystem Management: Integrating Science, Society and Policy
  • NR 385 Behavioral Economics and Sustainability