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Distinguished ecologist lectures

March 22, 2013

Distinguished ecologist Taylor Ricketts' talks on March 27 and 28 are titled, 'Seeing the forest for the bees,' and 'Putting natural capital on the map.'

Taylor Ricketts is a Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m.
Natural Resources
Room 113
Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m.
Natural Resources
Room 113

The Distinguished Ecologist Series

The Distinguished Ecologist Series brings internationally-known scientists to Colorado State for two to three days to present their cutting-edge research and to interact with students and faculty in several formal and informal settings.

These seminars are free and open to the public. 

Integrating natural, social sciences

Taylor Ricketts is a professor of Natural Resources & Environment and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Taylor’s interests focus on the overarching question: How do we meet the needs of people and nature in an increasingly crowded, changing world?

In his research and teaching, Taylor integrates natural and social sciences to address both fundamental scientific issues and real-world conservation problems. Taylor’s recent work has focused on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas.

Linking research to practical conservation

He is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership among universities and NGOs to map and value these natural benefits. Taylor also served as Convening Lead Author for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a 5-year, UN-sponsored effort to assess global ecosystems and their contributions to human wellbeing.

These and other collaborations are part of a continuing effort to link rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts worldwide. Before arriving at UVM in 2011, Taylor led the World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Science Program for nine years, and he remains a Senior Fellow at WWF.

He is the author of over 70 scientific publications, and his work has been featured in over 100 stories in more than 20 media outlets. Taylor received his B.A. in Earth Sciences at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Stanford University.

Two seminars

  • "Seeing the forest for the bees," Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m., Natural Resources, Room 113
  • "Putting natural capital on the map," Thursday, March 28, 4 p.m., Natural Resources, Room 113

Sponsored by the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology.

Contact: Dylan Harrison-Atlas
Phone: (970) 491-4373