Stephen Aldrich is the founder of Bio Economic Research Associates, an independent research and consulting firm specializing in the social and economic consequences of human-induced change to biological systems. Steve studied evolutionary biology at Harvard before entering business. He co-founded Cambridge Energy Research Associates’s natural gas practice, served on North American Natural Gas Council, and has been a leader in the economic analysis of emerging infectious diseases. Steve was a founding member of the UN “Towards a Safer World” pandemic preparedness network, and has worked with many governments, private sector companies, and NGO’s on pandemic preparedness and response. He lives in Stockbridge, Vermont with his family, where he produces excellent maple syrup and fine apple cider.