King Center on Global Development
Bing Professor of Environmental Science
Department of Biology
Woods Institute for the Environment
Gretchen Daily is an ecologist whose work spans scientific research, teaching, public education, and working with leaders to advance environmental progress. Daily’s scientific research is on countryside biogeography, agriculture and biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services across landscapes, and policy and finance mechanisms for integrating conservation and human development.
Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project, an international effort focused on achieving this integration through research and policy across the world. Daily works extensively with private landowners, economists, lawyers, business people, and government agencies to incorporate environmental issues into business practice and public policy. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and serves on the boards of the Stockholm Resilience Center and The Nature Conservancy. She has published over 200 scientific and popular articles and her most recent books are The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable, with journalist Katherine Ellison, and Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, co-edited with several colleagues. Daily received her BS, MS, and PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University.