17th Annual Kendall Memorial Lecture: Valuing Nature in Real-World Decisions

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 05:00

An awakening is underway, to the values of nature and the risks and devastating costs of its loss. Professor Daily will describe a powerful approach to valuing nature in policy and finance – using new forms of science, data, software, and engagement – that is driving change all over the world. The approach – developed by the Natural Capital Project at Stanford, together with many partners – is being deployed by governments, investors, businesses and communities. China and Latin America stand out today for innovation at scale, illuminating pathways toward green, inclusive development.

For more than two decades, Stanford University professor Gretchen Daily has pioneered the concept of natural capital, advancing science and tools together with decision-makers to integrate the values of nature into development plans. There is still a long way to go – but there has been stunning progress toward the transformation toward an “ecological civilization.”

Speaker: Gretchen C. Daily, Stanford University

An ecologist by training, Professor Daily’s research spans biodiversity conservation, agriculture, and livelihoods; the production and value of ecosystem services for human health and well-being; and policy and finance mechanisms for integrating conservation and human development.

Watch the 17th annual Kendall Lecture




  • Lecture begins at 5pm in the Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center

  • Reception to follow in the Ida Green Lounge, Room 54-923

Sponsored by the Center for Global Change Science and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.


Can't attend? Don't worry, we'll also be hosting the lecture live online!  



The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton professor of physics at MIT. Professor Kendall received the Nobel Prize in 1990 for research that provided the first experimental evidence for quarks. He had a deep commitment to understanding and finding solutions to the multiple environmental problems facing the world today and in the future. The permanently endowed Kendall Lecture allows MIT faculty and students to be introduced to forefront areas in global change science by leading researchers.

Location: 32-123 — MIT Building 32, 32-123