Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Bing Professor in Environmental Science
Humanities and Sciences
Natural Capital Project
Ecosystem Services and Conservation
Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Biology; Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment; and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology. She is also Co-Director of The Natural Capital Project, a partnership among Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and the University of Minnesota, whose goal is to align economic forces with conservation.
An ecologist by training, Daily's work spans scientific research, teaching, public education, and working with leaders to advance practical approaches to environmental challenges. Daily's scientific research is on biodiversity change; on the scope for harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agriculture; on quantifying the production and value of Ecosystem Services and Conservation across landscapes; and on new policy and finance mechanisms for integrating the values of natural capital into major decisions. Daily works extensively with private landowners, economists, lawyers, business people, and government agencies to incorporate environmental issues into business practice and public policy. Her efforts span fundamental research and policy-oriented demonstration projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, and Oceania.
Daily received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Her recent honors include the 21st Century Scientist Award (2000), election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2005), and the American Philosophical Society (2008), The Sophie Prize (2008), The International Cosmos Prize (2009), The Heinz Award (2010), and The Midori Prize (2010). She serves on numerous boards, including the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics (part of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences) and The Nature Conservancy. She has published over 200 scientific and popular articles and her most recent book is The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable, with journalist Katherine Ellison.
Selected Publications by this Author
Brief: China's First National Ecosystem Assessment (PDF/2.71 MB) »
News & Press Releases
A series of ambitious environmental policies that invest in natural capital are improving services provided by China's ecosystems, such as flood control and sand storm mitigation, according to research by an international team of scientists.
By Bjorn Carey,
New report co-authored by Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily on China's efforts to restore natural habitats
By Te-Ping Chen,
Cites a Stanford study showing the benefits of the experience of nature co-authored by Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily (Biology)
By Gretchen Reynolds,
Woods Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily (Biology) discusses how the Endangered Species Act pits land users against conservationists.
By Erica Goode,