Steve Polasky

Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics
University of Minnesota Regent's Professor


Department of Applied Economics
337E Ruttan Hall
(formerly Classroom Office Building)
University of Minnesota
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: (612) 625-9213
Fax: (612) 625-2729



Department of Ecology, Evolution,
and Behavior

503 Ecology Building
University of Minnesota
1987 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: (612) 624-3663

Stephen Polasky is a Regent’s Professor and holds the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota.  He is a faculty member in the Department of Applied Economics and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.  He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. He served as the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2011, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

His research interests focus on issues at the intersection of ecology and economics and include the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental regulation, renewable energy, and common property resources. His research has been published in Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Frontiers of Ecology and Environment, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, and other journals.

Board of Directors and Science Council, The Nature Conservancy
Director, the Natural Capital Project
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Member,National Academy of Sciences
Member, Board on Environmental Change and Society, Program on Ecosystem Change and Society
Research Fellow with The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Research Associate, Environmental & Energy Economics Program, National Bureau of Economic Research
Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Science Advisory Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sustainability External Advisory Council, The Dow Chemical Company
University Fellow at Resources for the Future

World Congress Biodiversity Plenary

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