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.
Start Date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Work Type: 
For Credit
Hourly
Thesis Project
Work-Study
Research Areas: 
Agriculture
Animals
Business and Economics
Conservation
Ecology
Environment
Forestry
Natural Resources
Plants
Sustainability
Tourism
Wildlife