Gretchen Daily

Bing Professor of Environmental Science
, Stanford University
Profile / Bio: 

TITLE: Co-founder and Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project, Bing Professor of Environmental Science; Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute.

Gretchen C. Daily is co-founder and Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project, a global partnership whose goal is to integrate the values of nature into planning, policy, finance, and management. Its tools and approaches are now applied in 185 nations through NatCap's free, open-source InVEST Software Platform.

Daily's work is focused on understanding human dependence and impacts on nature and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and Earth's life support systems. Her work spans fundamental research and policy-oriented initiatives to open inclusive and green development pathways. She co-develops pragmatic approaches, engaging with governments, multilateral development banks, investors, businesses, farmers and ranchers, communities, and NGOs.

Together with many colleagues, Daily has published several hundred scientific and popular articles, and a dozen books. Daily is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts, and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

She has received international honors, including the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, 2017 Blue Planet Prize, 2019 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, 2012 Volvo Environment Prize, 2010 Midori Prize for Biodiversity, and the 2009 International Cosmos Prize.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Keynote Presentation 24 March 2022 Slides Agriculture and Natural Resources