Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Economics

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Dr. Carmen Carrion-Flores, Syracuse University
Dr. Josh Farley, University of Vermont
Dr. Elena Irwin, Ohio State
Dr. Kailin Kroetz, RFF
Time of Event: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 17:00

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

1 Park Place, Suite 300

Annapolis, MD 21401


Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop

Dr. Carmen Carrion-Flores, Syracuse University

Dr. Carmen Carrión-Flores is a research assistant professor of economics at the Departmet of Economics at Syracuse University. Dr. Carrión-Flores has held faculty appointments at Binghamton University and the University of Florida. She has visited CEPS/INSTEAD (Luxembourg). She holds a B.A. in economics from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University, a M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from The University of Arizona.

Dr. Josh Farley, University of Vermont

Joshua Farley is an ecological economist and Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration. He has previously served as program director at the School for Field Studies, Centre for Rainforest Studies, as Executive Director of the University of Maryland International Institute for Ecological Economics, and as adjunct faculty and licensed examiner at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.  He recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Brazil, where he served as visiting professor at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and Bahia (UFBA).

Dr. Elena Irwin, Ohio State

Elena Irwin is an environmental and urban economist and specializes in land use economics and human-natural systems. Her research focuses on spatial modeling of land use and the development of integrated models of land use and ecosystem services at local and regional scales. Current projects include the development of empirical and simulation-based spatial models of urbanization and agricultural land use decisions to examine the influence of policies on land change patterns and impacts on ecosystem services in several US study regions.

Dr. Kailin Kroetz, RFF

Kailin Kroetz’s research focuses on policy questions related to aquatic and terrestrial species management. Her fisheries economics work is focused on developing and evaluating fisheries management policies with multiple objectives such as sustainable stocks, economic efficiency, and thriving fishing communities. Current work includes analysis of commercial fishery catch share program design in the US and developing country contexts as well as examining potential gains to fishing communities from integrating socioeconomic factors into ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) decision frameworks. Additional research focuses on how to efficiently use terrestrial conservation funds to maximize biodiversity protection. For example, ongoing work examines the extent to which conservation actions taken by government and private organizations operating across spatial scales may be complementary to one another, and/or may present opportunities for more efficient use of conservation funds by considering the actions of other stakeholders.

This is a closed meeting for a funded group of visiting scholars.

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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.

Event type: 
Immersion Workshop
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group
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