Speaker: Andrew Plantinga

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Dr. Andrew Plantinga

Associate Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Oregon State University


Friday, March 2, 2007

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Bren Hall 1424


"Optimal Reduction of Habitat Fragmentation

with Incentive-Based Policies"

Part of a seminar series in Environmental Economics

presented by the Economics and Environmental Science PhD training program


Dr. Plantinga's Research Interests

  • The economics of land use, climate change, and forests.
  • The development of methods for econometrically modeling land-use decisions, the application of land-use    models to environmental and resource policy problems, and the modeling of land development pressures.

Dr. Plantinga has worked extensively on developing econometric models of land-use models and using these models to analyze environmental policies, including incentives for carbon sequestration in forests. Recently, Dr. Plantinga collaborated with Drs. Ruben Lubowski (U.S.D.A.) and Robert Stavins (Harvard University) to conduct the first national scale econometric analysis of the costs of carbon sequestration in forests.

One of Dr. Plantinga’s current projects involves the development of a national-level (U.S.) econometric model of land use estimated with data from the National Resources Inventory. The model is being used to evaluate the costs of a national carbon sequestration program and in an historical analysis of the factors driving land-use change during the past two decades. Another project analyzes the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife species, and evaluates land-use policies designed to lessen adverse effects of fragmentation. Finally, I have been working on applying techniques from macroeconomics to models of natural resource markets. A current project analyzes price dynamics in a timber market that includes rational and boundedly-rational agents.

Prior to joining the faculty at Oregon State University in 2001, Dr. Plantinga was assistant professor of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine (1995-2000). He earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California-Berkeley in 1995, an MS in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, and a BA from Grinnell College in 1986. He has also held positions with the U.S. Forest Service and Resources for the Future.

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