Regents Professor and Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics

Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

337E Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 | +1 612 625 9213

Research interests

Steve Polasky's research interests are centered on issues at the intersection of ecology and economics. His current research interests include the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital, natural capital accounting, biodiversity conservation, sustainability science, discounting and intergenerational equity, environmental policy, and common property resources.


Ph.D. Economics, University of Michigan, 1986

B.A. Williams College, cum laude, 1979

Stephen Polasky is a Regents Professor and the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is a co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University, the Stockholm Resilience Center, and the World Wildlife Fund. He served as Senior Staff Economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He served on the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2009-2018 and currently serves on the Science Advisory Council for TNC. He also currently serves on the International Science Advisory Board for the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Advisory Board for the Gund Institute of Environment at the University of Vermont. He previously served on the Science Advisory Board for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Science Advisory Board for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Sustainability External Advisory Committee for Dow Chemical. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He is a fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.