Gretchen Daily

Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University

Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University, where she also serves as Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute; Director of the Center for Conservation Biology; and co-founder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project, an international partnership whose goal is to improve the well-being of people and the environment by mainstreaming the values of nature into high-leverage decisions globally. An ecologist by training, Daily’s research is on harmonizing biodiversity conservation, agriculture, and livelihoods; characterizing the connections between people and nature key to human health and well-being; and developing new policy and finance mechanisms for integrating conservation and human development. Daily is a fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

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  • Aug 01 2016
    Blog Post Mainstreaming Natural Capital Accounting: Building On a Decade of Experience China’s leaders first became interested in natural capital after devastating landslides and flooding in 1998 killed thousands and displaced millions of people, at a cost of more than US$30 billion in damages. In response, the Chinese government invested over $150 billion in natural capital—extensive deforestation was partly to blame. China recently published its first National […] Gretchen Daily, Mary Ruckelshaus, Steve Polasky