Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics
University of Minnesota


Stephen Polasky holds the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Ecological/Environmental Economics at the University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999.  

He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.  He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.  He is currently serving on US EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy.  He is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Research Fellow at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, and a Research Associate in the Environmental & Energy Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.   

His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. His papers have been published in Biological Conservation, Ecological Applications, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, International Economic Review, Land Economics, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science and other journals.