Paxton Ramsdell

Southeast Habitat Markets Analyst


Areas of expertise:
Environmental markets and programs, stakeholder engagement, species conservation

Paxton Ramsdell is working with stakeholders on stream mitigation policy in North Carolina. This work is centered on deploying a science-based quantification tool, developed with partners, that measures both lost and restored stream function. In addition, Paxton is developing habitat markets in the southeast region of the U.S. One of the nation’s most biologically diverse regions, the southeast presents a unique opportunity for EDF to create economic opportunities for landowners who manage habitat for endangered species.

Paxton has spent his career working with individuals and businesses on issues related to sustainability and land and species conservation. He began his career at the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania before spending almost five years at The Nature Conservancy working with multinational businesses. During graduate school, Paxton co-taught an online course for working forestland owners through Virginia’s Cooperate Extension, interviewed ranchers in central Texas about land management practices, and evaluated landowner participation in a ground-nesting bird conservation program. After graduate school, Paxton worked for the Virginia Cooperative Extension to boost landowner awareness of, support for, and adoption of agroforestry practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Paxton also has non-profit governance experience working with the Board of Directors of WWF-US and is excited to advance EDF’s species conservation efforts in the southeast.


Masters in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech

Bachelors in Government and Environmental Studies, Hamilton College


Hurst, Kristin, Ramsdell, Paxton, and Michael Sorice. “A life course approach to understanding social drivers of rangeland conversion.” Ecology and Society 22.1.

Ramsdell, Paxton. “Post-Hurricane Matthew: How Can We Restore Waterways To Better Protect Communities?” Ecosystem Marketplace, November 18, 2016

RAMSDELL, C. P., SORICE, M. G., & DWYER, A. M. Using financial incentives to motivate conservation of an at-risk species on private lands. Environmental Conservation, 1-11.