Public Invited to 2006 Dempsey Environmental Lecture

Dr. Robert CostanzaDr. Robert Costanza, director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, will deliver the 2006 Dempsey Environmental Lecture Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center at Willamette University. He will discuss "Ecological Economics: Creating a Sustainable and Desirable Future." The lecture, sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation, is free and open to the public.

Costanza is best known for his pioneering work on ecosystem valuation. In 1997 a team of researchers headed by Costanza published an analysis in the preeminent journal Science that put a dollar figure on the services ecosystems provide to the continued functioning of our planet, ranging somewhere between $16 and $54 trillion.

Costanza and ecological economists around the globe have spent the ensuing years confirming and refining their valuation process. His research also includes landscape-level spatial simulation modeling; analysis of energy and material flows through economic and ecological systems; and analysis of dysfunctional incentive systems and ways to correct them.

He is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific papers and 19 books, and reports on his work have appeared in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic, and National Public Radio and other media. He is the co-founder and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).

Costanza received his Ph.D. in systems ecology with a minor in economics from the University of Florida in 1979. He also has a master's degree in architecture and urban and regional planning from the University of Florida.