My teaching and research activities focus on the social dimensions of renewable
energy, ecosystem services, and other aspects of natural resources management. I teach
courses in natural resource policy, environmental economics, and GIS. I apply my
economics and policy expertise to questions of sustainable energy development in Michigan
and Kenya. 

Renewable Energy

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Energy Transitions in Kenya's Tea Sector: A Wind Energy Assessment, Renewable Energy (2014)

Kenya's tea sector provides livelihoods for more than 500,000 farmers but energy access in the...

 

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Behavioral approaches to environmental policy analysis: A case study of offshore wind energy in the North American Great Lakes (2014)

Behavioral economics, including prospect theory, offers new approaches to environmental policy analysis. The utility of...

 

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Energy Transitions in Kenya's Tea Sector: A Wind Energy Assessment, Proceedings of the 19th International Sustainable Development Research Conference (2013)

Kenya’s tea sector provides livelihoods for more than 500,000 farmers but energy access in the...

 

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Enhancing public engagement on offshore wind energy using genius loci: A case study from a Lake Michigan coastal community (with Daniel O'Keefe and Erika Arndt) (2013)

We describe a novel approach to public engagement on offshore wind energy based on genius...

 

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Relative resistance of willow and poplar biomass production clones across a continuum of herbivorous insect specialization: Univariate and multivariate approaches (with Daniel Robison, Lawrence Abrahamson, and Timothy Volk), Forest Ecology and Management (2005)

Short-rotation woody crops (SRWC) are being developed as a sustainable system that simultaneously produces a...

 

West Michigan Wind Assessment

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Land-Based Wind Energy and the Environment: Potential Impacts for Wildlife and the West Michigan Landscape (with Betty Gajewski, Claire Schoolmaster, and Jon VanderMolen) (2014)
 

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Great Lakes, Great Debates: Facilitating Public Engagement on Offshore Wind Energy Using the Delphi Inquiry Approach (with Jon VanderMolen, Betty Gajewski, and Aaron Ferguson), Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (2013)

Lake Michigan has world-class offshore wind resources, but it is unclear if offshore wind energy...

 

Offshore Wind Outreach

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Enhancing public engagement on offshore wind energy using genius loci: A case study from a Lake Michigan coastal community (with Daniel O'Keefe and Erika Arndt) (2013)

We describe a novel approach to public engagement on offshore wind energy based on genius...

 

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Offshore Wind Energy in Michigan: Implications for the Great Lakes Environment (with Daniel M. O'Keefe), Michigan Sea Grant technical publication MICHU-11-736 (2011)
 

Natural Resources Management

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Public purchases and private preferences: Challenges for analyzing public open space acquisitions (with John Wagner), Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (2012)

The traditional hedonic model uses market purchases to estimate implicit prices. Hedonic models composed of...

 

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Incorporating Acquisition Costs in Forestland Open Space Programs: Lessons from Conservation Biology and Applications (with John Wagner), Journal of Forestry (2010)

The tools for cost-effective biodiversity conservation are well documented, but rarely implemented. These tools for...

 

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The science of ecological economics: A content analysis of Ecological Economics, 1989–2004 (with Valerie Luzadis, Leandro Castello, Jaewon Choi, Eric Greenfield, Sung-kyun Kim, John Munsell, Carol Franco, and Flavien Olowabi), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2010)

The Ecological Economics journal is a primary source for inquiry on ecological economics and sustainability....

 

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Beliefs and Attitudes toward Boating of Four Stakeholder Groups in the Saranac Lake Area (with Diane Kuehn Ph.D., Rudy Schuster Ph.D., and Mark Mink), Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (2009)

Public natural resource management agencies work with diverse stakeholder groups such as business owners, visitors,...