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Eric Lonsdorf

Program Director
Lead Scientist
Ph.D.
Eric Lonsdorf works as a lead scientist with the Minnesota-based NatCap team. He develops ecological models for decision-makers faced with making decisions in conservation biology and natural resource management under considerable uncertainty with limited resources. Specifically, Eric leads development and application of a model to predict crop pollination services provided by wild bees, works with government and NGOs to develop options of compensatory mitigation for incidental take of golden eagles by wind turbine facilities and is interested in applying principles of adaptive management to ecosystem service-based land management. Ultimately, he thinks of conservation management problems like a business problem where a species or community or ecosystem function of concern is a commodity to be produced with the greatest certainty and managed at the least cost. Eric earned his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota.