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David J. Rapport
  Principal, EcoHealth Consulting


David J. Rapport, PhD, FLS, FI is Principal of EcoHealth Consulting.  With undergraduate studies in engineering (Northwestern University) and business administration (University of Michigan), a PhD in Economics (University of Michigan), and postdoctoral work in behavioral ecology (University of Toronto), Dr. Rapport has pioneered the field of ecosystem health and developed methodologies for assessing the impacts of human activities on ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes.

In 1974, Dr. Rapport was recruited by Statistics Canada to spearhead the creation of an ecosystem-based framework for environmental statistics.  He co-developed the Stress-Response Environmental Statistical System and co-authored Canda's first national State of the Environment Report (1986).  The Stress-Response system (known today as the Pressure-State-Response (PSR) or Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) system) was soon adopted by the OECD and the UN Statistcal Office.  The PSR underpinned the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) and similar reports on the relationship between human activities and the environment issued by other agencies, including the European Environment Agency, the Helsinki Commission, and The World Bank.

In 1989, Dr. Rapport co-founded the Institute for Research on Environment and Economy (IREE) at the University of Ottawa (now the University of Ottawa Institute of the Environment).  With support from Statistics Canada and Environment Canada, IREE was among the first Canadian Research Institutes to focus on the linkages between human activities and the health of ecosystems.

In 1994, Dr. Rapport was appointed Tri-council Eco-Research Chair and Professor of Ecosystem Health at the University of Guelph (Canada).  Co-funded by Canada's three National Research Councils, this was the first University Chair to be established in the field of Ecosystem Health.  He led the International Society for Ecosystem Health both as Founding President (1993-2000) and as Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Ecosystem Health, published by Blackwell Science (1995-2001).  He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles and co-author/co-editor of nine books including Managing for Healthy Ecosystems (Lewis Press 2003).

Dr. Rapport has held Visiting or Honorary Professorships in Australia, Canada, China, and Japan.  He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and an International Fellow of the Explores Club (New York).

Countries of Service: Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Finland, France, Sweden, Vietnam, USA


Find out more about the EcoHealth Team: 

Glenn Albrecht

Victoria Lee

Luisa Maffi

Bruce Mitchell

David Rapport

Ola Ullsten