Roz Naylor
Director, FSE; Professor, Environmental Earth System Science; Associate Professor of Economics, by courtesy and William Wrigley Senior Fellow; FSI and Woods Institute Senior Fellow
Stanford University

Rosamond Naylor is the Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, the William Wrigley Senior Fellow, and Professor of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University.  She received her B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, her M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University. Her research focuses on economic and biophysical dimensions of food security and environmental impacts of crop and animal production.  She has been involved in many field-level research projects around the world and has published widely on issues related to intensive crop production, aquaculture and livestock systems, biofuels, climate change, food price volatility, and food policy analysis. At Stanford, Naylor teaches courses on the World Food Economy, Human-Environment Interactions, and Sustainable Agriculture. 

Naylor currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Beijer Institute in Stockholm, is a Science Advisor for United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s initiative on Sustainable Development (Sustainable Agriculture section), and trustee if The Nature Conservancy California Chapter. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of the journals Global Food Security and Journal on Food Security. 

Abstract

The Promise and Pitfalls of Aquaculture for Food Security and the Environment

Aquaculture currently provides roughly half of the fish and shellfish consumed worldwide and contributes significantly to the upward trend in per capita animal protein consumption on a global scale. Despite its expanding role in the world food economy, the aquaculture sector remains dependent on terrestrial crops and wild fish for feeds, draws heavily on freshwater and land resources for a large portion of its aggregate production, and poses threats to coastal ecosystems and fisheries. Roz Naylor will discuss her ongoing research on aquaculture, and the research of her team at the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) in several locations throughout the world. Her talk will address three key questions: Does continued growth in aquaculture enhance or undermine the potential of the global food system to meet future nutritional needs in the face of expected and unexpected socioeconomic trends, resource scarcity, and climate change? Can aquaculture development improve food security in low-income, resource-poor regions? And can species diversification and waste recycling improve the environmental performance of aquaculture and the resilience of the global food system? Naylor’s talk will underscore the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective in answering these questions.

You are invited to stay for a reception following the forum.