Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems
Daily used her Pew Fellowship to elevate public awareness of the value of ecosystems to society. To do this, she first launched a major effort to synthesize scientific understanding of ecosystem services. This first phase of the effort culminated with the publication of Nature's Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems, an edited book that includes chapter contributions from 18 other Pew Fellows. This book, and the outreach activities associated with it, have catalyzed a tremendous amount of new and interdisciplinary research, and have spawned major international efforts to capture ecosystem service values in decision-making.
Daily's fellowship also advanced her research on the conservation value of human-dominated land in the tropics. Through this work, she supports and trains Latin American scientists.
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 Chair of The Natural Capital Project, a partnership among The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and Stanford University, 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 focuses is on biodiversity change; on the scope for harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agriculture; on quantifying the production and value of ecosystem services across landscapes; and on new policy and finance mechanisms for integrating the values of natural capital into major decisions. Her efforts span fundamental research and policy-oriented demonstration projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania.
Daily works extensively with private landowners, economists, lawyers, business people and government agencies to incorporate environmental issues into business practice and public policy.
Daily received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. Her recent honors include the 21st Century Scientist Award (2000), election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2005), and the American Philosophical Society (2008), The Sophie Prize (2008) and The International Cosmos Prize (2009). 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.
Ph.D., Stanford University
1992: Biological Sciences, California, USA
Masters of Science, Stanford University
1987: Biological Sciences, California, USA
Bachelor of Science, Stanford University
1986: Biological Sciences, California, USA
KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Senior Fellow, Institute for International Studies
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
The International Cosmos Prize
2009: Expo'90 Foundation
2008: Election to the American Philosophical Society
The Sophie Prize for environment and sustainable development
2008: The Sophie Foundation
2005: National Academy of Sciences
2005: Election to U.S. National Academy of Sciences
2003: American Academy of Arts and Scientists
David H. Smith Senior Scholar
2003: The Nature Conservancy
One of the 50 Most Important Women in Science
2002: Discover Magazine
21st Century Scientist Award
One of 20 Scientists to Watch
2000: Discover Magazine
1999: Aldo Leopold Leadership Program
The Century Club Member
1997: Newsweek Magazine
1994: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment
Excellence in Science and Graduate Study
1992: Frances Lou Kallman Award
Best Paper Prize
1990: Environmental Conservation Annual Foundation
1988: The Nature Conservancy Center for Conservation Biology