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Gardner M. Brown

Gardner Brown


University of California, BerkeleyPh.D. Economics

University of California, BerkeleyM.A.

Antioch CollegeA.B.


Natural Resources
Climate Change
Non-market Valuations

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Dr. Gardner Brown is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics at the University of Washington. He is a pioneer in the field of environmental economics and in the 1960s was instrumental in developing valuation methods now widely used in that field, including the travel cost method and the hedonic method. Recently, the focus of his research has been on renewable resources, including managing predator-prey relations and economic approaches to preserving biodiversity and managing resistance to antibiotics and pesticides. Throughout his career, he has had an enduring interest in endangered populations and non-market valuation, including valuations of changes in ecosystems due to global climate change. He has written a number of books including The Preservation and Valuation of Biological Resources and Economics of Ocean Resources, and has regularly published in leading academic economics journals. Dr. Brown has served on the editorial boards of a number of refereed journals including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the Journal of Marine Resource Economics. He was honored by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists with both the 2007 Fellows Award and the 2007 Publication of Enduring Quality Award.

Dr. Brown has over forty years of consultancy experience, including work for government agencies, international bodies, corporations and law firms. This has included assignments for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank and various law firms. Dr. Brown has also served on numerous national committees including the National Science Board’s Task Force on Global Biodiversity, the National Research Council’s Committees for Review of Outer Continental Shelf, Fisheries, Endangered Species and Effects of Oil and Gas Activities on Alaska’s North Slope.