Senior Research Scientist - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Managing Director, Natural Capital Project
Academic Research Staff
Natural Capital Project
Ecosystem Services and Conservation
Mary Ruckelshaus oversees all work of the Natural Capital Project partnership including strategy, coordination, fundraising, communications, and hiring. She is based in Seattle, WA, where she previously led the Ecosystem Science Program at NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor of biological sciences at The Florida State University (1994-1997). The main focus of her recent work is on developing ecological models including estimates of the flow of environmental services under different management regimes in marine systems worldwide. Ruckelshaus serves on the Science Council of The Nature Conservancy and is a Trustee on its Washington Board, and is a past chair of the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). She was Chief Scientist for the Puget Sound Partnership, a public-private institution charged with achieving recovery of the Puget Sound terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Ruckelshaus has a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University, a master's degree in fisheries from the University of Washington, and a doctoral degree in botany, also from Washington.
Selected Publications by this Author
Green Infrastructure Benefits: Location is Key (PDF/821.23 KB) »
News & Press Releases
Stanford scholars discussed sea level rise, extreme events, and other threats to coastal communities throughout the nation and around the world and how best to respond.
By Devon Ryan,
Op-ed co-authored by Stanford Woods Institute Consulting Professor Mary Ruckelshaus
By Michael Stevens and Mary Ruckelshaus,
An in-depth look at Woods Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily's role in starting the Natural Capital Project to measure the value of nature
By Paul Voosen,
Quotes Consulting Professor Mary Ruckelshaus and postdoctoral scholar Katie Arkema discussing map of America's shoreline that shows that amount of protection provided by coral reef, sea grasses and other natural buffers
By Robynne Boyd,