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Derric Pennington

Lead Conservation Scientist , Natural Capital and Valuing Nature

Derric  Pennington
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Derric Pennington is a Senior Conservation Scientist working with WWF and The Natural Capital Project. He seeks to help improve understanding on how to meaningfully integrate conservation goals, for both people and species, into larger policy decisions.

His research interests include evaluating the tradeoffs of land-use change on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and human well-being. He works with WWF staff and external collaborators to aid our understanding of when, where, and how conservation actions can benefit both biodiversity and people. His work identifies the trade-offs informed by this science and how this information is best integrated into development and management policy decisions. He is also interested in research that expands the conservation discussion beyond protected areas to consider the places where people live, work, and play. He evaluates how conservation goals, when considered more holistically, can enhance the implementation of conservation initiatives.

His work has focused primarily on the US, South America and Southeast Asia. Most recently he has led several collaborative multi-disciplinary research projects, including one with The Coca-Cola Company and the Luc Hoffman Institute to assess just 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.

View a full list of Derric Pennington's publications.

“WWF carves important pathways through our scientific work to make lasting impact – that’s why I’m excited to work with WWF.”

More on Derric

Title

Lead Conservation Scientist

Education

• Ph.D., Conservation Science and Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota
• M.Env., Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, Miami University
• B.A. Zoology, Miami University

Areas of Expertise

• Ecology
• Landscape ecology
• Biodiversity conservation
• Ecosystem services and natural capital
• Urban ecosystems and land-use planning
• Sustainable agriculture and food systems
• Watershed management
• Applied economics
• Systems thinking