Gund Fellow, Professor, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Jon D. Erickson is the David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. He has published widely on energy and climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, and the theory and practice of ecological economics.

His books include The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007), Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management (2007), and Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005). Jon is also an Emmy award-winning producer of films such as the four-part PBS series Bloom on sources and solutions to nutrient pollution in Lake Champlain.

He co-leads the Economics for the Anthropocene graduate training and research program, an international partnership between UVM, McGill University (Montreal) and York University (Toronto) that combines ecological economics and an emphasis on real-world environmental solutions.

Jon D. Erickson in the News

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Co-PI, "Economics for the Anthropocene," with P. Brown (PI, McGill), Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2014-2020.
  • PI, "McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program," USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2013-current.
  • PI, "Forest Foundations of the Genuine Progress Indicator: Macroeconomic Policy and Planning for the Vermont Landscape," Northeastern States Research Cooperative, 2013-2016.
  • Co-PI, "Measuring and Modeling Forest Ecosystem Service Trade-offs of Salvage Logging Following Wind Disturbances in Vermont Forests," with K. Wallin (PI, UVM), USDA McIntire-Stennis Forest Research Program, 2012-2015.
  • PI, "The Economics of Conservation," with J. Roman (UVM), Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, 2013-2015.
  • Co-PI, "Assessing the Economic Value of Clean Water in the Lake Champlain Basin," with B. Voigt (PI, UVM), Lake Champlain Basin Program, 2014-2015.
  • PI, "Mobilizing the Genuine Progress Indicator Across the States," Gund Institute Collaborative Research Grant, 2014.
  • Co-PI, "Biodiversity and Cattle Well-Being: Forage Diversity, Microbial Diversity, Herd Health, and Milk Composition," with J. Roman (PI, UVM), UVM REACH Grant, 2012-2014.
  • Co-PI, "Economics for the Anthropocene," with P. Brown (PI, McGill), Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Pre-Proposal, 2013.
  • Co-PI, "Biodiversity and Livestock Well-Being," with J. Roman (PI, UVM), Gund Institute Collaborative Research Grant, 2013.
  • Co-PI, "Strengthening Tanzania Livestock Health and Pastoralist Nutrition and Livelihoods in a Changing Climate," with J. Mazet (PI, UC Davis), Livestock-Climate CRSP, USAID, 2011-2015.
  • Co-PI, "Research on Adaptation to Climate Change," National Science Foundation, EPSCoR, 2011-2016.
  • PI, "Transdisciplinary Disease Modeling and Interventions at the Human-Livestock-Wildlife Interface in Semi-Arid Ecosystems of East Africa," Fulbright Fellowship, 2011.
  • Co-PI, “Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement, Rungwa-Ruaha Ecosystem, Tanzania,” with J. Mazet (PI, UC Davis), P. Coppolillo (Wildlife Conservation Society), and R. Kazwala (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania), Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program, U.S. Agency for International Development, 2006-2009.
  • Project Web Site & Blog
  • Emerging Science PBS Video
  • HALI Publications
  • Co-PI, "Long-Term Agroecological Changes in Shade Coffee Landscapes of Latin America: Lessons for Sustainable Livelihoods and Conservation," with V.E. Mendez (PI) and S.T. Lovell, Research Opportunities Grant Program, University of Vermont, 2008-2010.
  • Collaborator, "Evaluation of the Environmental, Economic, and Social Effects of Organic Farming in Norway," Research Council of Norway, 2007-2010.
  • Co-PI, "Long-Term Agroecological Changes in Shade Coffee Landscapes of Latin America: Lessons for Sustainable Livelihoods and Conservation," with V.E. Mendez (PI) and S.T. Lovell, Research Opportunities Grant Program, University of Vermont, 2008-2010.
  • Collaborator, "Evaluation of the Environmental, Economic, and Social Effects of Organic Farming in Norway," Research Council of Norway, 2007-2010.
  • Co-PI, “Northern New England Engaged Department Grant,” with M. Shannon (PI), K. Wallin, M. Kolan, S. Libby and M. Watzin, Northern New England Campus Compact, Davis Educational Foundation, 2007-2010.
  • Co-PI, “Dynamic Transportation and Land Use Modeling,” with A. Troy (PI) and B. Bowden, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2006-2008. 
  • Co-PI, “Survey of Public Priorities as a Guide for Future Sustainable Investment Strategies,” with W.F. Porter (PI, SUNY ESF), G. Cox (Audubon New York) and A. Woods (SUNY ESF), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2007-2008.
  • PI, “Bottom-Up Strategies for Bio-Regional Policy: Designing Participatory Processes in Legislative Policy Formation,” with G. Cox (Audubon New York) and W.F. Porter (SUNY ESF), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2004-2006. 
  • PI, “Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for Northern Forest Lands: Participatory Tools for Balancing Ecological, Social, and Economic Considerations,” with R. Howarth (Dartmouth), A. Sheldon (White River Partnership), and M. Wilson, Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2003-2006. 
  • Collaborator, “Economic and Ecological Impacts of Differentiated Wood Products,” with M. Lorenzo (PI, National Wildlife Federation), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2004. [Project Results]PI, “A Market Diffusion Analysis for Renewable Energy Options using Learning Curves,” Sandia National Laboratories, 2001-2002.PI, “Modeling the Lake George Watershed Economy: a pilot education and training project,” Lake George Association, Summer 2001.Co-PI, “Information Technology and Economics for Sustainable Development,” with J. Gowdy (RPI), Rensselaer Strategic Investment Grant, 1999-2000.PI, “China Energy and Greenhouse Gas Modeling,” Sandia National Laboratories, 1998.PI, “Solar Technology, Feasibility, and Sustainability in the Dominican Republic,” Cornell Institute for International Food and Agricultural Development, 1993.
  • Co-PI, “Survey of Public Priorities as a Guide for Future Sustainable Investment Strategies,” with W.F. Porter (PI, SUNY ESF), G. Cox (Audubon New York) and A. Woods (SUNY ESF), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2007-2008. 
  • PI, “Bottom-Up Strategies for Bio-Regional Policy: Designing Participatory Processes in Legislative Policy Formation,” with G. Cox (Audubon New York) and W.F. Porter (SUNY ESF), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2004-2006. 
  • PI, “Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for Northern Forest Lands: Participatory Tools for Balancing Ecological, Social, and Economic Considerations,” with R. Howarth (Dartmouth), A. Sheldon (White River Partnership), and M. Wilson, Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2003-2006. 
  • PI, “Modeling and Measuring the Process and Consequences of Land Use Change: Case Studies in the Hudson River Watershed,” with J. Gowdy (RPI) and K. Limburg (SUNY ESF), Hudson River Foundation, 2000-2004. [Final Report]
  • Collaborator, “Economic and Ecological Impacts of Differentiated Wood Products,” with M. Lorenzo (PI, National Wildlife Federation), Northeast States Research Cooperative, 2004. 
  • Co-PI, “Regional Sustainability: Bridging Resource Conservation and Economic Development,” with J. Gowdy (PI, RPI) and UFZ Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig, Germany), National Science Foundation, 2001-2002.
  • PI, “A Market Diffusion Analysis for Renewable Energy Options using Learning Curves,” Sandia National Laboratories, 2001-2002.
  • Co-PI, “Land Use as a Driver of Ecological Change in the Wappingers and Fishkill Creeks, Hudson River Valley, New York,” with D. Burns (PI, Dutchess County), K. Limburg (SUNY ESF), and Dutchess County Water Quality Strategy Committee, Hudson Valley Regional Council, 2002.
  • PI, “Modeling the Lake George Watershed Economy: a pilot education and training project,” Lake George Association, Summer 2001.
  • Co-PI, “Hudson River Waterfront Development Project: Economic Impact Study,” with J. Gowdy, Center for Economic Growth of the Rockefeller Institute and New York State Department of State, Spring 2001.
  • Co-PI, “Information Technology and Economics for Sustainable Development,” with J. Gowdy (RPI), Rensselaer Strategic Investment Grant, 1999-2000.
  • PI, “China’s Transportation System in Transition: A Simulation Model of Energy and Development,” Sandia National Laboratories, 1999.
  • PI, “China Energy and Greenhouse Gas Modeling,” Sandia National Laboratories, 1998.
  • PI, “Sustainable Development and the Adirondack Experience,” Rensselaer School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mini-Grant Program 1997-1998.
  • PI, “Solar Technology, Feasibility, and Sustainability in the Dominican Republic,” Cornell Institute for International Food and Agricultural Development, 1993.

Publications

  • The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (2009)
  • Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application (2007)
  • Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management (2007)
  • Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning (2005)

Associations and Affiliations

  • Member, Vermont Governor's Council on Energy and the Environment, 2012-current
  • Vice President and Founding Board Member, Bright Blue EcoMedia, 2010-current
  • Editorial Board, Reviews in Ecological Economics (formerly Ecological Economics Reviews, New York Academy of Sciences), 2009-current
  • Editorial Board, Environmental Policy and Governance, 2008-current
  • Founding Member, U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, 2000-current
  • Founding Member, Adirondack Research Consortium, 1994-current
  • Member, Senator Sanders' Environment Advisory Council, 2012-2014
  • Trustee, Conservation and Research Foundation, 2004-2015

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Energy and climate change policy, land conservation, watershed planning, environmental public health, theory and practice of ecological economics

Education

  • PhD, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University
  • MS, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University
  • BS, Applied Economics and Business Management, Cornell University

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-3328
Office Location:

George D. Aiken Center

Website(s):
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