Biography

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 awards include the Blue Planet Prize (2017), the Volvo Environment Prize (2012), the Heinz Award (2010), the Midori Prize (2010), the International Cosmos Prize (2009), the Sophie Prize (2008), and the 21st Century Scientist Award (2000). She has been elected to the American Philosophical Society (2008), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2005), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003).

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.