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    Gretchen C. Daily is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Director of the Tropical Research Program of the Center for Conservation Biology, and a Senior... More »

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Daily, Gretchen Last Updated on 2008-04-09 00:10:48 Gretchen C. Daily is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Director of the Tropical Research Program of the Center for Conservation Biology, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. An ecologist by training, Dr. Daily works to develop a scientific basis—and political and institutional support—for managing Earth’s life support systems. Her efforts span basic science, environmental policy analysis, teaching, and public education. Upon receiving her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1992, Dr. Daily was granted the Frances Lou Kallman Award for Excellence in Science and Graduate Study; and in 1994, she was then named a Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment. She became a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 1999; and, a recipient of the 21st Century... More »
Boulding, Kenneth Ewart Last Updated on 2007-07-24 00:00:00 Kenneth Ewart Boulding (1910-1993), an American economist famous for his emphasis on the social, moral, and ecological implications of economic growth. Boulding coined the term “spaceship earth” to emphasize the energy, material, and environmental limits to economic growth. He compared the economy to biological systems in terms of its need to use energy to transform materials, which in the process produces wastes. Boulding suggested that the current “cowboy” economy, defined by the wasteful use of nonrenewable resources, must ultimately be replaced by a “spaceship” economy, powered by renewable energy and characterized by efficient recycling of materials. Boulding was a founding intellectual in the field of ecological economics. His essay The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth (1966), with its vivid metaphors of the cowboy and spaceman... More »
Daly, Herman E. Last Updated on 2006-08-31 00:00:00 Herman E. Daly (1938-), an American economist recognized as one of the founders of the field of ecological economics and as a critic of standard economic growth theory. Daly's worked centered on the relationship of the economy and the environment, and the relationship of the economy to ethics. In his proposal for a steady state economy, he argued that polices were needed to guide society towards a constant population, a constant material standard of living, and a equitable distribution of wealth. He applied classical concepts of capital and income to resources and the environment, the laws of thermodynamics, and the insights of ecology, particularly in relation to levels of flows of materials and energy through economic systems. Daly took a doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University in 1967, became an Associate Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1968 and a full... More »