Gund Fellow, Associate Professor, Director of the Environmental Program, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Brendan Fisher’s research and fieldwork explores human behavior, conservation, development, and natural resource economics. He is the author of over 85 peer-reviewed articles on topics such as poverty, health, ecosystem services and biological conservation. His field research has taken place in Borneo, Cambodia, Colombia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

Brendan Fisher in the News

Research and/or Creative Works

Conservation, development, natural resource economics, and human behavior


  • 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.

Awards and Recognition

  • Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow, working on relationships between the ecological conditions of coastal regions, gender inequality, and childhood health

Associations and Affiliations

  • 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


  1. Website