Field research

Environmental Economics

2015 158

Field research

Environmental Economics

I hiked the Crabtree Falls loop with the youngest daughter of environmental economics (ydee) on Friday. The Falls were very crowded but if you actually do the 1.7 miles of the 2.5 mile loop (instead of heading back the way you came), you are all alone. My western NC waterfalls book actually suggests avoiding the loop (what?). The first video is Crabtree Falls and the second is a smaller waterfall ("lesser crabtree falls") that you miss if you go back the way you came

2015 152

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Undergraduate research

Environmental Economics

Some random thoughts, just to get them out of my brain: In the Thursday plenary, Thomas Nechyba talked about re-organizing the curriculum to make it easier to encourage and support undergraduate research. Each student writes their own research paper and presents it to their peers. Jennifer Imazeki: Just got back from CTREE – many thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success!

2016 122

Market research

Environmental Economics

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2017 109

Undergraduate research

Environmental Economics

Here is Aaron Wallace presenting his poster at the undergraduate research fair Awhile back readers helped out with a pretest of a survey. We revised the survey accordingly and collected the data. We found that travel cost demand slopes downward and willingness to pay is negatively related to the bid price. No surprises there, but the magnitudes are interesting. We also tested whether a cost uncertainty warning helps avoid starting point bias with repeated WTP questions.

2011 154

More field research

Environmental Economics

2015 146

EPA: Climate change research

Environmental Economics

From the EPA climate change webpage : EPA research improves knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change and provides sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate. Research Areas for Climate Change.

Field Research

Environmental Economics

I'm off for the long weekend to checkout the short term effects of climate change on snow coverage in the Colorado Rockies

Researchers beware: the risk of private money in academic research

Environmental Economics

I am not opposed to the pursuit of private money to fund academic research, in principle.    Even if those strings are not pulled, there is the risk of the perception of non-objectivity when private organizations fund basic research at universities.   Unfortunately, though, such private money sometimes comes with strings attached. 

2016 125

Research experience for undergraduates

Environmental Economics

The journal originated from efforts to help students understand and appreciate the research and publication process behind the journal articles they regularly read in classes. There will be an AERE-sponsored session on this topic at the Southern Economic Association meetings in November. Here  Here is an example of, what I consider, best practices from Colby College.

2014 131

Research ideas from the Onion

Environmental Economics

The sports stadium contingent valuation literature is getting saturated. It has become well known that, in most applications, the benefits, including hard to measure "intangibles" like civic pride, do not exceed the costs. However, that is when the payment vehicle is a tax: Emphasizing that a new venue to replace the 19-year-old Edward Jones Dome is an absolute necessity, St.

Teaching and research are complements, not substitutes

Environmental Economics

Most professors at most universities conduct research in their field. Some of this research advances knowledge in important ways (and is the stuff that fills up textbooks, by the way) and some  not so much. For most professors, the act of engaging in research makes them better teachers. For example, I'm sure I could teach micro principles and do a halfway decent job without conducting any research on the side (or teach "out of the book" in macro principles).

2015 190

Community-based economic research

Environmental Economics

Some context for the  tool picture  from the local paper: Since 2008, students in Whitehead's classes have participated in community-based research through the university's Appalachian and Community Together Office, which links university classes with local nonprofit agencies. Recent research subjects have included Mountain Home Music concert series, the annual 100-mile bike ride, Blood, Sweat and Gears and, most recently, the annual Valle Country Fair.

EPA: Climate change research grants

Environmental Economics

From the EPA's climate change website : EPA funds climate change research grants to improve knowledge of the health and environment effects of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions for communities to effectively manage and reduce the impacts of a changing climate.

Teaching environmental economics with mini-research projects

Environmental Economics

My sophomore level environmental and resource econ course has a research component. The students are required to write an abstract suitable for submission to an undergraduate research conference. Most of the students are estimating Turnbull willingness to pay using dichotomous choice data from published papers employing regional case studies.

2018 109

Field Research--Invasive species

Environmental Economics

During my recent vacation (a whirlwind family tour of the Western Caribbean), I spent some time on the island of Roatan (off the coast of Honduras).    Being a good environmental steward--stop laughing--i spent some time talking with a representative from the Roatan Marine Park --OK, my family was shopping and I was bored so I stopped by a kiosk for the Marine Park*.    I learned that their #1 concern right now is the impact of the invasive Lionfish on tourism. 

2013 139

Research project for the large classroom

Environmental Economics

I organized a "research experience for undergraduates" session at the SEA meetings this year. I was inspired to include some sort of research activity in any and all classes I teach. I had to figure out how to implement a research project in a large classroom. I presented the following assignment in class today ( Download ECO 2620 Research Project ). No problem, right?

Recovery: Saving a Woodpecker Through Research & Ingenuity

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birds & Birding Birds Endangered Species Fire Forests Research RestorationThe red-cockaded woodpecker was once a symbol of “endangered birds versus people.” But the bad old days are over.

2018 65

Advertising research: downplay the “green”

Green Prophet

New research targeting buyers find that consumers prefer functionality over “features” of being green. New research suggests that companies looking to promote their latest environmentally friendly product should downplay its green credentials if they want consumers to buy it. The former aims to make products’ green characteristics clear, employing what the researchers term as ‘explicit signals’.

2020 46

National Academies Gulf Research Program Fellowships

Environmental Economics

Sounds like a cool opportunity (open to "social and behavioral sciences"): Apply for a National Academies’ Gulf Research Program early career-research or science policy fellowship by 5pm ET on February 22, 2017. These fellowships support emerging researchers working to prevent oil spills and support healthy coastal communities and ecosystems as well as early-career scientists developing policymaking experience in the Gulf of Mexico region.

2017 109

"Quick tips on giving research presentations"

Environmental Economics

If you’re talking about your research, make your contributions clear. At the SEA meetings, on the panel titled "top ten tips for young economists," and after Jill Caviglia-Harris gave her talk on research presentations, I had a 20 minute presentation ready for a 15 minute talk. Andrew Gelman: So, if I have any general advice on presentations, let me give it here. As always, think ahead of time about your goals and your audience.

2014 160

EPA: Research Grants, Fellowship and SBIR Listserv

Environmental Economics

From the EPA's climate change website : Sign up for EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research listserv to receive announcements on new grant, Fellowship, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding opportunities, upcoming research meetings and webinars, and special announcements.

2017 100

Research and Birding at Elkhorn Slough

10,000 Birds

I asked Virginia Guhin, Education Programs Coordinator of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ES NERR). Birding California Elkhorn Slough research“What’s that?” We walked some of the trails at the reserve, and I had spotted a large bird hovering in mid-air, almost like a helicopter, just with more flapping. Peering through my binoculars, I saw a white bird with black spots on the undersides of the wings.

2017 106

Community-based faculty/student economic research

Environmental Economics

If that includes you, I've updated by community-based research page: “Community-based research is a unique form of learning at Appalachian that directly collaborates with the community to answer questions and solve problems.”. A lot of people ask me what I've been up to for the past several years*.

Collars or Cameras: How Do Researchers Best Monitor Wildlife?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Wildlife researchers are increasingly shifting to trail cams to monitor wildlife populations. Nature Tech Wildlife Camera Traps Mammals Research Technology

2018 55

Beware all you field researchers

Environmental Economics

Make sure that you actually collect data when you do field research :  A professor from N.C. The report accuses Stacy Nelson, an associate professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, of taking two personal trips under the guise of doing research in 2011. State University used grant funds to go on family vacations at top-dollar beach resorts, according to a report by the Office of the State Auditor.

2012 131

"Dean's Club grant research poster session scheduled October 22"

Environmental Economics

Where I'll be for 15-30 minutes today (sometime after my 2 hour meeting that begins at 9 and before I must pick up the swim team carpool kids at 2:45): Fourteen Walker College of Business professors and four business students will present their research through a poster session in Peacock Hall on Thursday, October 22. Topics will range from text analytic research studies to the use of promotional tools in the motor carrier industry.

2015 152

Field Research: Water Conservation in California

Environmental Economics

Spending a few days visiting family in Southern California.    Went to Catalina Island for the day today.    First I took a quick tour of the island.   Then I observed the extent of the water shortage on the island:     Finally I observed the economic solution to the water shortage.      They charged $0.50 for water at lunch.   So I ordered beer

GASP! Exxon downplayed its own scientists' research on climate change

Environmental Economics

A New York Times op ed discusses research on what Exxon knew about climate change and when.  Guess what?  They knew and didn't admit it publicly*.   Anyone surprised? Would you

2017 109

"Research Questions for the Midterm CAFE Review"

Environmental Economics

Alan Krupnick, Joshua Linn and Virginia McConnell: The next several years will be a key time for research that can enhance this evaluation and inform future policies to reduce GHG emissions and oil use from the light duty fleet.  Thus, for the research community, this evaluation is an important invitation to perform research that can aid the agencies in their deliberations.

Review 131

Community based research

Environmental Economics

Here is a product of CBR Consulting (i.e., my benefit cost analysis class): We gathered email addresses at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park a few weeks ago and sent an internet survey. Of the 106 people who agreed to be interviewed we've received responses from 60 and complete responses from 52 -- enough to do some basic analysis and provide information to local decision makers. The double log OLS recreation demand model is above (n=50). Price elasticity is -0.66

"Economics seniors present at Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium"

Environmental Economics

From last Fall semester : Appalachian State University seniors Alaina Doyle and Anthony Santelle traveled to Campbell University November 4 to present their research at the  State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium  (SNCURCS).  Both of these projects were out-of-the-classroom research experiences.

2018 100

"Congressman Wants to Know Who Pays for Climate Skeptics’ Research"

Environmental Economics

I'd like to know too: A Democratic member of Congress is digging into the funding of a handful of researchers who have questioned the prevailing view on the causes of climate change,  The Washington Post  reports. The researcher at Colorado, Roger Pielke Jr., My colleagues and I cannot perform our duties if research or testimony provided to us is influenced by undisclosed financial relationships,” Grijalva wrote.

2015 153

I'm a "research parasite" / "party pooper" without apology

Environmental Economics

The two scientists have each received an inaugural Research Parasite award, for which they’re honored in the latest issue of Nature Genetics. The idea was a response to a now-infamous editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that referred to those who picked over the bones of previously published studies as “ research parasites.”. The research parasite who reveals that fact may be viewed by many as a party pooper.”.

2017 118

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can stressed-out birds tell us about conservation and agriculture? Ideas

2020 68

Can CBD Gummies Really Help You Sleep? Research Says Yes

Green Prophet

The calming effects of CBD gummies seem to help improve sleep patterns, and there’s even some research to prove it. While we do know quite a bit about CBD thanks to recent research, we don’t quite know everything about how this compound interacts with the body. CBD brands all over the country provide high-quality CBD gummies and other products that help fund research and expand our information on CBD. Research Says Yes appeared first on Green Prophet.

2020 63

A governor pushes cap-and-trade (and a research opportunity)

Environmental Economics

The contrast with climate policy in southern states is stark: [Washington Governor Jay Inslee] has proposed collecting a new charge on emissions from oil refineries, power plants and other industries that would reap an estimated $1.3 billion in the first year. But in contrast to similar systems in California and the Northeast, energy experts said, Mr. Inslee’s plan would use most of the new revenue for education and transportation rather than on climate or energy projects.

Friday beer post: nonmarket and market field research #seriousacademic

Environmental Economics

I was in the field researching coastal erosion (it required a hike from this access point but Mason Inlet is still where they hoped it would be ):   I was in charge of the protein on Tuesday night so I went to the market (I bought the big dolphinfish filet on the right and a black drum. You may have noticed that we took a week off last week (if so, get a life!).

2016 122

Lea Kosnik: "Academic Economics Research and Public Policy Measures"

Environmental Economics

Lea Kosnik: This paper investigates whether academic research attention to certain policy-related measures (including gross domestic product, unemployment, and inflation) is correlated with empirical measurements of the measures themselves. In other words, when unemployment rises, does research attention to the matter increase? Or do economists pursue research (in the short run) relatively uninfluenced by policy shocks on the ground?

"Is Blogging or Tweeting about Research Papers Worth It?"

Environmental Economics

Mark Thoma: Via the Lindau blog: The verdict: is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it?, by Melissa Terras : Eager to find out what impact blogging and social media could have on the dissemination of her work, Melissa Terras took all of her academic research, including papers that have been available online for years, to the web and found that her audience responded with a huge leap in interest.

2014 138

The perils of survey research

Environmental Economics

The reduced cost allows much more research to be conducted, allowing useful information to flow to decision makers and more results to be distributed to the research community (positively impacting future studies). In general, the more research that can be conducted the more we can learn and the better off we'll all be! From the inbox: i hate survey monkey! a bunch of spam inbox filling bull [profanity]!

2011 116

Field research: measuring beach width for a random utility model

Environmental Economics

2018 100

Field research: measuring beach width for a random utility model

Environmental Economics

2018 100