Gretchen Cara Daily

Gretchen C. Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University, where she also serves as Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Director of the Center for Conservation Biology; and cofounder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project, a global partnership driving innovation to value nature explicitly and systematically in policy, finance and management. Daily’s interdisciplinary research is focused on harmonizing people and nature, in: biodiversity dynamics and conservation, land use and agriculture, and human livelihoods; the production and value of ecosystem support for human health, prosperity and overall well-being; and policy and finance innovation for achieving inclusive green growth. She works with decision-makers in key contexts worldwide, co-developing practical tools and widely shared approaches.
Daily has published hundreds of scientific and popular articles. Her dozen books include Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (Island Press, 1997), The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable (Island Press, 2002), Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (2011), Research on Rural Household Livelihood and Environmental Sustainable Development (2017, in Chinese), and One Tree (2018). She is a fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Green Growth That Works

Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World

Rapid economic development has been a boon to human well-being. It has lifted millions out of poverty, raised standards of living, and increased life expectancies. But economic development comes at a significant cost to natural capital—the...

The New Economy of Nature

The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable

Why shouldn't people who deplete our natural assets have to pay, and those who protect them reap profits? Conservation-minded entrepreneurs and others around the world are beginning to ask just that question, as the increasing scarcity of...

Nature's Services

Nature's Services

Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems

Life itself as well as the entire human economy depends on goods and services provided by earth's natural systems. The processes of cleansing, recycling, and renewal, along with goods such as seafood, forage, and timber, are worth many trillions...