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Eric Lonsdorf

Eric Lonsdorf is a lead scientist with the Natural Capital Project (NatCap)— a collaborative partnership among the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, the Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Stockholm Resilience Center. Eric develops ecological models for decision-makers faced with making decisions in conservation biology and natural resource management under considerable uncertainty with limited resources. Specifically, he leads development and application of a model to predict crop pollination services provided by wild bees, co-leads NatCap’s Sustainable, Livable Cities Program, and is interested in applying principles of decision analysis and adaptive management to ecosystem service–based land management. He focuses on the challenge of convincing individual landowners to integrate their impacts on the environment of their own management decisions. Eric earned his Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and behavior from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, daughter, son, two dogs and a turtle.

Recent publications

Smith, D., A. Davis, C. Hitaj, D. Hellerstein, A. Preslicka, E. Kogge, D. Mushet, and E. Lonsdorf. 2021. The contribution of land cover change to the decline of honey yields in the Northern Great Plains. Environmental Research Letters 16:064050.

Hamel, P., A. D. Guerry, S. Polasky, B. Han, J. A. Douglass, M. Hamann, B. Janke, J. J. Kuiper, H. Levrel, H. Liu, E. Lonsdorf, R. I. McDonald, C. Nootenboom, Z. Ouyang, R. P. Remme, R. P. Sharp, L. Tardieu, V. Viguié, D. Xu, H. Zheng, and G. C. Daily. 2021. Mapping the benefits of nature in cities with the InVEST software. npj Urban Sustainability 1:1–9.

Lonsdorf, E. V., C. Nootenboom, B. Janke and B. Horgan. 2021. Assessing urban ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure: Golf courses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Landscape and Urban Planning 208: 104022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.104022.

Walston, L., Y. Li, H.M. Hartmann, J. Macknick, A. Hanson, C. Nootenboom, E. Lonsdorf, J. Hellmann. 2021. Modeling the ecosystem services of native vegetation management practices at solar energy facilities in the Midwestern United States. Ecosystem Services 47: 101227.

Lonsdorf, E. V., I. Koh and T. Ricketts. 2020. Partitioning private and public benefits of crop pollination services. People and Nature 2: 811-820. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10138

Current projects

Aligning food production, solar development and ecosystem services: an assessment of economic and environmental potential for farmers, ranchers, and society. Sponsor: USDA – NIFA – AFRI.

Advancing White Earth Food Sovereignty through Collective Analysis and Action Planning (co-PI with Katey Pelican) Sponsor: UMN – Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

FACT CIN: Beescape NexGen: Creating Decision Support Tools To Manage Bee Health And Ecosystems Through Transdisciplinary Action (co-PI with Christina Grozinger of Penn St University). Sponsor: USDA – NIFA – AFRI

Valuing and conserving pollinators in Texas’ working landscapes (co-PI with Taylor Ricketts of University of Vermont). Sponsor: Knoblach Family Foundation