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Derric Pennington

Derric Pennington is a lead scientist working for World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Capital Project.  At the Institute on the Environment he is project director of IonE’s partnership with WWF. He leads a team of experts in ecology, economics and policy that includes academics and practitioners to help improve our understanding of when, where and how conservation can benefit both biodiversity and people in the context of real-world policy decisions. He works with his peers at WWF and their external collaborators in the private, finance and public sectors to better communicate and improve the uptake of scientific evidence.

Derric’s particular research expertise is in applying a systems approach to evaluating and communicating the trade-offs of conservation policies on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and human well-being, with a focus on sustainable agriculture and urban landscapes. His work has focused primarily on the U.S., South America and Southeast Asia. Most recently he has led several collaborative multidisciplinary research projects, including one with The Coca-Cola Company and the Luc Hoffman Institute to assess how effective sustainability certification standards are at improving our environmental footprint. His work has been published in a variety of academic journals, including those focused on conservation, ecology, economics and interdisciplinary topics. He is currently serving on the editorial board of the journal Ecological Applications.  Derric earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and a. M.Env. from Miami University.

Selected Publications

Pennington, D.N., Nelson, E., Anderson, M. Macedo, M., Coe, M., Daniels, A., Schmoll, D., Symington, M. 2016. Evaluating the Role of ARPA and Anti-Deforestation Policies for Supplying Hydropower, Avoiding Carbon Emissions, and Economic Returns in the Brazilian Amazon. In Aguirre, A.A., and R. Sukumar, eds., Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities. New York: Oxford University Press.

Marlier, M.E., DeFries, R., Pennington, D.N., Nelson, E., Ordway, E., Lewis, J., Koplitz,, S., Mickley, L. 2014. Future fire emissions associated with projected land use change in Sumatra.  Global Environmental Change.

Lawler, J., Lewis, D., Nelson, E., Plantinga, A.J., Polasky, S., Withey, J., Helmers, D., Martinuzzi, S., Pennington, D.N., Radeloff, V.  2014Projected land-use change impacts on ecosystem services in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pennington, D.N. and R.B. Blair. 2012. Habitat selection of breeding riparian birds within a complex urban environment: untangling the relative importance of biophysical elements and spatial scale. Diversity and Distributions 17:506-518.

Polasky, S., Nelson, E., Pennington, D.N., Johnson, K. 2011. The impact of land-use change on ecosystem services, biodiversity and returns to landowners: a case study in the state of Minnesota. Environmental and Resource Economics 48: 219-242.

Pennington, D.N., Hansel J.R., Gorchov, D. 2010. Urbanization and riparian forest woody communities: diversity, composition, and structure within a metropolitan landscape. Biological Conservation 142: 182-194.