Taylor Ricketts is the Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Taylor integrates natural and social sciences to address both fundamental scientific issues and real-world conservation problems. His recent work has focused on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas. He is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among universities and NGOs to map and value these natural benefits. Taylor has also served as an author and editor for two UN-sponsored efforts to assess global ecosystems and their contributions to human wellbeing. These and other collaborations are part of a continuing effort to link rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts worldwide. Before arriving at UVM in 2011, Taylor led World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Science Program for nine years, and he remains a Senior Fellow at WWF. He is the author of more than 90 scientific publications, and Thompson-Reuters has named him one of the world’s most cited and influential scientists. Taylor received his B.A. in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Stanford University.
“I can’t think of anything more important than figuring out the connections between healthy ecosystems and healthy people. Those connections are essential to a future that’s at all sustainable. I’m hoping that the PHA sparks a global, coordinated effort to understand those connections and use them to improve the way governments, businesses, and individuals manage nature.stainable way.”