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Josh Goldstein


Josh Goldstein

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Josh Goldstein is an economist and ecosystem services scientist in The Nature Conservancy’s Office of the Chief Scientist. He works to mainstream incorporation of nature’s benefits to people in policy, planning, and business contexts. His research focuses on developing and applying new approaches for ecosystem services mapping and valuation, designing payments for ecosystem services, and quantifying conservation return-on-investment.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Josh was an assistant professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University in 2007.

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Publications

2016

Bremer, L., Auerbach, D.A., Goldstein, J.H., Vogl, A.L., Shemie, D., Kroeger, T., Nelson, J.L., Benítez, S.P., Calvache, A., Guimarães, J., Herron, C., Higgins, J., Klemz, C., León, J., Lozano, J.S., Moreno, P.H., Nuñez, F.,  Veiga, F., and Tiepolo, G. (2016) One size does not fit all: natural infrastructure investments within the Latin American Water Funds Partnership. Ecosystem Services 17: 217-236.

Harrison-Atlas, D., Theobald, D.M. & Goldstein, J.H. (2016). A systematic review of approaches to quantify hydrologic ecosystem services to inform decision-making. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 12, 160–171.

Tallis, H., Kennedy, C.M., Ruckelshaus, M., Goldstein, J. & Kiesecker, J.M. (2016). Mitigation for the people: an ecosystem services framework. In: Handbook on biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment (ed. Geneletti, D.). Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 397–427.

2015

Huber-Stearns, H., Goldstein, J.H., Cheng, A.S., and Toombs, T.P. (2015). Institutional analysis of payments for watershed services in the western United States. Ecosystem Services, 16, 83-93.

Tallis, H.T., Kennedy, C.M., Ruckelshaus, M., Goldstein, J.H., and Kiesecker, J.M. (2015). Mitigation for one & all: An integrated framework for mitigation and development impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 55, 21-34.

2014

Duke, E.A., Goldstein, J.H., Teel, T.L., Finchum, R., Huber-Stearns, H., Pitty, J., Rodrigues, G.B., Rodriguez, S., Sanchez, L.O. (2014). Payments for ecosystem services and landowner interest: Informing program design trade-offs in Western Panama. Ecosystem Services,103, 44-55.

López-Hoffman, L., Wiederholt, R., Sansone, C., Bagstad, K., Cryan, P., Diffendorfer, J.E., Goldstein, J., LaSharr, K., Loomis, J., McCracken, G., Medellin, R., Russell, A., and Semmens, D. (2014). Market forces and technological substitutes cause fluctuations in the value of bat pest-control services for cotton. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087912

2013

Diffendorfer, J.E., Loomis, J.G., Ries, L., Oberhauser, K., López-Hoffman, L., Semmens, D., Semmens, B., Butterfield, B., Bagstad, K., Goldstein, J., Wiederholt, R., Mattson, B., and Thogmartin, W.E. (2013). National valuation of monarch butterflies indicates an untapped potential for incentive-based conservation. Conservation Letters, doi: 10.1111/conl.12065

Huber-Stearns, H., Goldstein, J.H., and Duke, E.A. (2013). Intermediary roles and payments for ecosystem services: A typology and program feasibility application in Panama. Ecosystem Services, 6, 104-116.

Gutwein, M. and Goldstein, J.H. (2013). Integrating conservation and financial objectives on private rangelands in northern Colorado: Rancher and practitioner perspectives. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 66, 330-338.

2012

Goldstein, J.H., Caldarone, G., Duarte, T.K,. Ennaanay, D., Hannahs, N., Mendoza, G., Polasky, S., Wolny, S., and Daily, G.C. (2012). Integrating ecosystem services into land-use planning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 7565-7570.

Chan, K.M.A., Satterfield, T., and Goldstein, J.H. (2012). Rethinking ecosystem services to better address and navigate cultural values. Ecological Economics, 74, 8-18.

2011

Goldstein, J.H., Presnall, C.K., Lopez-Hoffman, L., Nabhan, G.P., Knight, R.L., Ruyle, G.B., and Toombs, T.P. (2011). Beef and beyond: Paying for ecosystem services on Western US rangelands. Rangelands, 33, 4-12.

Toombs, T.P., Goldstein, J.H., Maness, N., Fankhauser, T.R., and Hanson, C. (2011). Rangeland ecosystem services, risk management, and the ranch bottom line. Rangelands, 33, 13-19.

2009

Daily, G.C., Polasky, S., Goldstein, J.H., Kareiva, P.M., Mooney, H.A., Pejchar, L., Ricketts, T.H., Salzman, J., and Shallenberger, R. (2009). Ecosystem services in decision-making: time to deliver. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7, 21-28.

Nelson, E., Mendoza, G., Regetz, J., Polasky, S., Tallis, H., Cameron, D.R., Chan, K.M.A., Daily, G., Goldstein, J., Kareiva, P., Lonsdorf, E., Naidoo, R., Ricketts, T.H., and Shaw, M.R. (2009). Modeling multiple ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, commodity production, and tradeoffs at landscape scales. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 1, 4-11.

2008

Goldstein, J.H., Pejchar, L., and Daily, G.C. (2008). Using return-on-investment to guide restoration: a case study from Hawaii. Conservation Letters, 1, 236-243.

Fischer, J., Brosi, B., Daily, G.C., Ehrlich, P.R., Goldman, R., Goldstein, J.H., Manning, A.D., Mooney, H.A., Pejchar, L., Ranganathan, J., and Tallis, H. (2008). Should agricultural policies encourage land-sparing or wildlife-friendly farming? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 6, 380-385.

2006

Goldstein, J.H., Daily, G.C., Friday, J.B., Matson, P.A., Naylor, R.L., and Vitousek, P. (2006). Business strategies for conservation on private lands: koa forestry as a case study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103, 10140-10145. 

Josh Goldstein is an economist and ecosystem services scientist in The Nature Conservancy’s Office of the Chief Scientist. He works to mainstream incorporation of nature’s benefits to people in policy, planning, and business contexts. His research focuses on developing and applying new approaches for ecosystem services mapping and valuation, designing payments for ecosystem services, quantifying conservation return-on-investment, and expanding conservation on private lands. His projects are located throughout the United States and internationally, where he works collaboratively with government agencies, corporations, private landowners, and other stakeholders to incorporate nature’s values into decision-making.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Josh was an assistant professor of ecological economics in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. In this position, he was the founding academic director of the Conservation Leadership master’s program.

Josh received his B.A. in Biology from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University. He was a post-doctoral researcher with the Natural Capital Project applying ecosystem services mapping techniques and advancing incentive-based approaches for conservation in Hawaii.

Contact

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Phone: 208-350-2203
E-mail: m_miller[at]tnc[dot]org

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecosystem Services
  • Ecological Economics
  • Conservation Finance
  • Private Lands Conservation

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