Gretchen Daily

Gretchen Daily

Bing Professor of Environmental Science

Stanford University


Gretchen C. Daily is co-founder and Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project, a 19-year-old global partnership whose mission is to help secure the well-being of people and nature.  They do this by co-developing with decision-makers a systematic approach to valuing nature’s benefits.  Their approaches are being deployed in policy, finance, and practice in >75 countries and their tools are being used in >185 countries worldwide. 

Together with many colleagues, Daily has published several hundred scientific and popular articles, and a dozen books, including Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (1997), The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable (2002), Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (2011), The Power of Trees (2012), One Tree (2018), Green Growth that Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World (2019).

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 numerous international honors.