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Jon David Erickson

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Jon D. Erickson
BornNovember 20, 1969 (1969-11-20) (age 54)
Alma materCornell University
Known forFounding Member and past-President, U.S. Society for Ecological Economics
Founding Member and past-President, Adirondack Research Consortium
AwardsFulbright Scholar (2011)
New England Emmy Award (2013, 2011)
Adirondack Literary Award (2010)
Scientific career
FieldsEcological Economics
Sustainable Development
Systems modeling
InstitutionsUniversity of Vermont
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Cornell University
Doctoral advisorDuane Chapman

Jon D. Erickson (born 1969) is an American ecological economist, professor of sustainability science and policy at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, United States, and fellow of the Gund Institute for Environment.


Before joining the University of Vermont in 2002 he was assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, US. He completed his Ph.D. in natural resource economics at Cornell University in 1997.[1]

His research contributes to ecological economic theory and applied work on human health, sustainable development, land and biodiversity conservation, watershed planning, forest management, climate change economics, and renewable energy. This work has been published in 6 books, over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and over 100 conference papers, research reports, and press articles. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland, was a Fulbright Scholar at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania,[2] and has been a visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and the University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia. He is past president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and the Adirondack Research Consortium; past editor of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies; has served on boards of the International Society for Ecological Economics and Conservation and Research Foundation; was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Vermont Governor's Council on Energy and the Environment.[3]

Erickson is also a social entrepreneur, starting and incorporating a number of non-governmental organizations and working intently at the science to policy interface. He co-founded Bright Blue EcoMedia with documentary film producer Victor Guadagno and author Amy Siedl, the non-profit media company that produced the two-time New England Emmy-award-winning Bloom film series.[4][5] Bloom is a four-part PBS series on the causes and solutions to water pollution and eutrophication in America's rivers and lakes, narrated by Academy award-winning actor Chris Cooper, and including interviews with environmental scholars Bill McKibben, Maude Barlow and John Todd.[6] His latest film collaboration was writing and directing Waking the Sleeping Giant with Jacob Smith, an award-winning, feature-length documentary on the 2016 presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.[7] He also co-founded the HIV/AIDS prevention education program Futbol para la Vida with Yanlico Munesi Dusdal in the Dominican Republic (DR), modeled after the international Grassroot Soccer program and now with programs for at-risk youth throughout the DR and Haiti managed by the Dominican DREAM Project.[8] In Vermont policy development, his collaboration on the first state-level Genuine Progress Indicator[9] led to a 2012 law to initiate the use of GPI in state policy and budget analysis,[10] and his crowd-sourced media project with Bright Blue led to the Vermont legislature's declaration of March 21, 2012, as Vermont Energy Independence Day.[11][12]

Selected work[edit]


  • Erickson, J.D., The Progress Illusion: Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics, Island Press, Washington, DC, 2022.
  • Costanza, R., Erickson, J.D., Farley, J. and I. Kubiszewski (Eds.), Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: a Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics, 26 chs., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2020.
  • Porter, W.F., Erickson, J.D. and R.S. Whaley (Eds.), The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondacks, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2009.[13][14][15]
  • Erickson, J.D. and J.M. Gowdy (Eds.), Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2007.[16][17]
  • Erickson, J.D., Messner, F. and I. Ring (Eds.), Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management, Elsevier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2007.
  • Farley, J., Erickson, J.D. and H.E. Daly, Ecological Economics: a Workbook for Problem-Based Learning, Island Press, Washington, D.C., 2005.[18]

Selected articles[edit]


  1. Bloom: the Plight of Lake Champlain, Broadcast Premiere on Mountain Lake PBS, December 2, 2010.[22][23]
  2. Bloom: the Emergence of Ecological Design, Broadcast Premiere on Mountain Lake PBS, February 29, 2012.
  3. Bloom: the Agricultural Renaissance, Broadcast Premiere on Mountain Lake PBS, February 29, 2012.[24]
  4. Bloom: a New Reverence for Water, Broadcast Premiere on Mountain Lake PBS, February 29, 2012.
  • Executive Producer, Transparent Radiation: Rethinking the Future of Nuclear Power, Premiere at the Vermont International Film Festival, October 22, 2011.[25]

Selected interviews[edit]


  1. ^ Halik, Shari. "Professor Jon Erickson Appointed Interim Dean of the Rubenstein School". Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  2. ^ Reidel, Jon. "Four Faculty Win Fulbrights for 2010-11 Academic Year". University of Vermont. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ Allen, Sue (Jan 9, 2013). "Gov. Shumlin's Appointments as of Dec. 28, 2012". VT Digger. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ Brown, Joshua (Dec 1, 2010). "Economist Blooms As Filmmaker". University of Vermont. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. ^ Meyers, Jeff (Dec 1, 2010). "Film Focuses Attention on Lake Algae". Plattsburgh Press Republican. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  6. ^ Meyers, Jeff (Feb 27, 2012). "Film Series Examines Algae Bloom in Lake Champlain". Plattsburgh Press Republican. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  7. ^ Craven, Jay. "Craven: Waking The Giant". Vermont Public Radio. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  8. ^ Borthwick, Lindsay (Jul 10, 2006). "An Ecological Economist Takes to the Pitch to Campaign Against HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic". Seed Magazine. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2012.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ Costanza, Erickson; et al. (2004). "Estimates of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for Vermont, Chittenden County, and Burlington, from 1950 to 2000". Ecological Economics. 51 (1–2): 139–155. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2004.04.009.
  10. ^ Brown, Joshua E. (May 3, 2012). "New Vermont Law Will Ask UVM Institute to Measure "Genuine Progress"". UVM Communications. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  11. ^ Flagg, Kathryn (Mar 2, 2012). "Can a Film Bridge Gaps in the Energy Debate?". Blurt (Seven Days staff blog). Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  12. ^ VTEID. "VTEID House Resolution passed on March 21st". Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  13. ^ Winner of the 2010 Adirondack Center for Writing Adirondack Literary Award for Non-Fiction
  14. ^ Donahue, Brian (2010). "Book Review: The Great Experiment in Conservation - Voices from the Adirondack Park". BioScience. 60 (6): 471–473. doi:10.1525/bio.2010.60.6.13. S2CID 198158050.
  15. ^ Elisabeth, Crean (Dec 29, 2009). "Vermonter's Book Details New York's Great Adirondack Experiment". Seven Days. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  16. ^ Radzicki, Michael J. (Fall 2009). "Book Review: Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application". Eastern Economic Journal. 35 (4): 555–560. doi:10.1057/eej.2008.60. S2CID 155080681.
  17. ^ Victor, Peter (2008). "Book Review: Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application". Ecological Economics. 66 (2–3): 552–553. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.12.032.
  18. ^ Aguilar‐González, Bernardo (Sep 2006). "Book Review: Ecological Economics: A Workbook for Problem‐Based Learning". The Quarterly Review of Biology. 81 (3): 301–302. doi:10.1086/509462. JSTOR 10.1086/509462.
  19. ^ Mack, Adrian (April 26, 2017). "DOXA 2017 Review: Waking the Sleeping Giant". The Georgia Strait. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  20. ^ Baynes, Luke (May 3, 2017). "Political Revolution and Horror in Two Vermont-Made Films". Seven Days. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  21. ^ Hall, Anthony (Nov 2012). "New Film Highlights Need to Keep Invasives from Lake George". The Lake George Mirror. Retrieved 24 November 2012.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Winner of the 2011 New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Environmental Program.
  23. ^ Winner of the 2011 Farm Footage Award of the Vermont International Film Festival.
  24. ^ Winner of the 2013 New England Emmy Award for Outstanding Environmental Program.
  25. ^ Kelley, Kevin J. (Oct 10, 2011). "Filming the Fallout". Seven Days. Retrieved 24 November 2012.