BWB2012: Keynote Speaker

Bob Costanza

Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Watch video of the Keynote Address:
Valuing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services
Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.

Robert Costanza joined the Institute for Sustainable Solutions in September 2010. His research has focused on the interface between ecological and economic systems, particularly at larger temporal and spatial scales. This includes landscape-level spatial simulation modeling; analysis of energy and material flows through economic and ecological systems; valuation of ecosystem services, biodiversity, and natural capital; and the analysis and correction of dysfunctional incentive systems. Costanza's work at the Institute supports a ten-year, $25 million challenge grant for sustainability made by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation to PSU in 2008.

Before joining Portland State, Costanza was the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. Prior to that, he was director of the Institute for Ecological Economics and professor at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science at Solomons Island, and a professor in the Biology Department at College Park. Costanza earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1979 in systems ecology, with a minor in economics. He also has a master's degree in architecture and urban and regional planning from the University of Florida.

He is the author or co-author of more than 400 scientific papers and 20 books, and his work has been cited in more than 5,000 scientific articles. Reports on his work have appeared in several outlets including Newsweek, Time, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic, and National Public Radio.

Costanza is editor-in-chief and co-founder (along with Paul Hawken, David Orr and John Todd) of the new journal Solutions. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). He currently serves on the editorial board of eight other international academic journals and is past president of the International Society for Ecosystem Health. He is a senior fellow of the Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm, Sweden; a senior fellow of the National Council on Science and the Environment, Washington, D.C.; and, a distinguished research fellow of the New Zealand Center for Ecological Economics, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.