Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


A tea plantation and surrounding landscape near Yangshuo, China.

Stanford Partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences »

March 16, 2018

Ongoing collaboration enters new phase of effort to help create science and policy approaches to sustainable, inclusive growth in China. Progress on restoring valuable natural services and alleviating poverty sets example...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Getting to Green Growth | Q&A with the Natural Capital Project’s Gretchen Daily »

February 23, 2018

Gretchen Daily, co-director of the Natural Capital Project and Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford, spoke with Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Environmental Work Earns Gretchen Daily the Blue Planet Prize »

October 19, 2017

Woods Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily is collecting the Blue Planet Prize in Tokyo for her work promoting practical conservation by revealing the value of nature to human well-being and development.

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Gretchen Daily speaks at Climate One event

Aligning Profits with the Planet »

September 26, 2017

Stanford researcher featured in discussion on valuing benefits from nature.

By Joanna Nurmis, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Biologist Awarded $450,000 Prize for Contributing to Global Environmental Solutions »

June 14, 2017

Gretchen Daily honored with Blue Planet Prize for her work to harmonize people and nature.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

corn field

A Better Way to Predict Environmental Impacts »

April 21, 2017

Many companies want to know how the creation of their products affects the environment. Scientists at Stanford, the University of Minnesota and Unilever have found a way to better predict and quantify environmental...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Jiuzhaigou National Park, in Sichuan Province.

Helping China Identify and Protect Areas of High Ecological Importance »

February 2, 2017

Stanford scientists and collaborators determine ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological initiative.

By Jackie Flynn, Stanford News Service

mountainous countryside in Costa Rica

A New Way to Estimate Biodiversity »

October 24, 2016

Stanford researchers discovered that in agricultural areas of Costa Rica, increased tree cover corresponds with increases in biodiversity.

By Ula Chrobak, Stanford News Service

Rufoustailed Jacamar bird

Climate and Land Use Changes a 'One-Two Punch’ for Some Species »

July 12, 2016

Study highlights that paying attention to current and future regional climate can help decision-makers expand agriculture in ways that minimize harm to, and maybe even benefit, particular at-risk species.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

China’s Environmental Conservation Efforts are Making a Positive Impact »

June 16, 2016

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...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Soldiers doing training exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Why Should the Department of Defense Care About Ecosystem Services? »

May 31, 2016

Taking a natural capital approach can help agencies achieve multiple federal mandates.

By Stacey Solie, Natural Capital Project

New Conservation Strategy Benefits People and Nature »

August 17, 2015

Stanford biologists working in Costa Rica outline an approach to habitat conservation that achieves diverse objectives

By Paige Miller

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

Walker at a natural area near Stanford's campus

Mental Health Rx: Nature »

June 30, 2015

Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits, and may reduce risk of depression

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

tinamou bird

Farming Practices Might Preserve Evolutionary Diversity »

September 11, 2014

A long-term study in Costa Rica has revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species. The research suggests alternative land-use practices that sustain farming...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

coffee plantation

Making Coffee Sustainable »

June 16, 2014

Stanford symposium examines the drink’s environmental impact, path to sustainability

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Rethinking 'Natural' Habitat for Wildlife »

April 17, 2014

Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland,...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

China's Clean-Water Program Benefits People and the Environment »

September 4, 2013

Rice farming near Beijing has contaminated and tapped the city's drinking water supply. For the past four years, China has been paying farmers to grow corn instead of rice, an effort that Stanford research shows is paying...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Pest-Eating Birds Mean Money for Coffee Growers »

September 3, 2013

For the first time, scientists have assigned a monetary value to the pest-control benefits rainforest birds can provide to agriculture. Their study could provide the framework for pest management that helps both farmers...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

48 Stanford Scientists Sign Global Environmental Consensus Statement »

May 23, 2013

California Governor accepts document endorsed by 520 scientists from 44 countries.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment