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Brendan Fisher
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Research Interests

Ecological economics; ecosystem service governance, valuation and distributional considerations; global income inequity and development.

Current Position
Research Fellow

Brendan Fisher is a research scientist with the Conservation Science Program, WWF-US.  His research interests lie in the nexus of biodiversity conservation, human livelihoods, natural resource economics and behavioral economics.  He studied Civil Engineering (Bucknell University), Environmental Science (Oxford University) and then went on to a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics at the University of Vermont. After leaving the Green Mountain State he moved to the Centre for Social and Environmental Science on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia (UK) where his worked focused on conservation-livelihood interactions and ecosystem services in Tanzania, as well as the costs and benefits of conservation in the United Kingdom.   From CSERGE he moved to Princeton University and investigated biodiversity-logging tradeoffs in Borneo, the role of carbon payments in stemming forest conversion in Southeast Asia, and the potential impacts of applying the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept for tropical agricultural crops.
At the World Wildlife Fund, Brendan’s work focuses on the testing the impacts of conservation interventions on livelihoods and the impacts of development interventions on conservation objectives – both generally and within the CARE-WWF Alliance work in coastal East Africa. He will also continue his research on the role of agricultural markets on land use change in Southeast Asia.
Brendan has won the Nicolas Georgescu Roegen Award for Young Scientist awarded by the International Society of Ecological Economics, a African Technology and Policy Studies Fellowship, and is on the advisory board for the UK’s National Ecosystem Assessment. His work has been published in a variety of journals including those devoted to economics, ecology, conservation, and interdisciplinary issues including Nature and PNAS.  He is the co-author of the book “Valuing Ecosystem Services” (Earthscan, London, 2008), and has a forthcoming textbook written with Robin Naidoo and Taylor Ricketts called “The Conservation Field Guide to Economics” (Roberts and Company, Greenwood Village, CO).
Brendan used to fill his days with hiking, soccer, and rock climbing but now spends all non-work time happily playing with his kids Sayre, Austen and Kellan.


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