Research Opportunity: Shadi Atallah
The opportunity is ideal for students interested in any of the intersections among: economics, agriculture, ecology, food policy, computer science, and applied mathematics.
You would be building fun models to:
- Simulate the behavior of humans and wildlife in a state park (e.g., ATV disturbance to golden eagle in Idaho) and compare recreation management strategies that maximize recreation satisfaction while minimizing wildlife disturbance;
- Simulate climate adaptation strategies and measuring the net economic value of the resulting changes in ecosystem services (e.g., shade-grown coffee in Colombia);
- Simulate the spread of a disease, pest, or invasive species in agriculture or forestry (e.g., grapevine leafroll disease in California and New York vineyards) and find the economically optimal control strategy;
- Simulate localization of a food system to analyze the economic (e.g., increase production costs of Eastern broccoli) and environmental impacts (e.g., reduced food-miles) of localization.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Business and Economics