Immersion Workshop: Environmental Economics

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Doug Lipton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries;
Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
Time of Event: 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 12:00 to Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 17:00

This workshop will be held virtually.

Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Environmental Economics

Headshot of Doug LiptonDoug Lipton, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries 

Dr. Doug Lipton is the Senior Research Scientist for Economics at NOAA Fisheries. In this role, he provides leadership and guidance to the economic and social science enterprise across the agency. In this role, he advises NOAA senior leadership on the conduct and interpretation of economic and social science analyses that impact agency policies. Areas of interest include commercial fisheries analysis, recreational fisheries economics, non-market valuation of marine resources, and aquaculture economics

Lipton started his career at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Headquarters in the Office of Science and Technology as a fisheries biologist and then industry economist while obtaining his PhD in Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC) at the University of Maryland. He also has a master’s degree in Marine Science from the College of William & Mary (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) and a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University. He spent 25 years (1989-2013) as a faculty member in AREC at the University of Maryland and also was Program Leader for the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program for 20 of those years. 

Most of his research and extension work has focused on valuation of benefits related to improvements in water quality and the economics of ecosystem-based fisheries management with specific application to the Chesapeake Bay. His current focus is on integrating economics with ecosystem-based fisheries modeling approaches. He has conducted local and international research on the economics of finfish and shellfish aquaculture in extensive, intensive, and multi-trophic production systems. Lipton, until recently, was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, Scientific and Statistical Committee. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade, Board Member of the Marine Resource Economics Foundation and Board Member of the Maryland Agricultural and Resource Based Industries Development Corporation.

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Lisa Wainger, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Dr. Lisa Wainger is a professor of environmental economics at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and has over 20 years of experience in integrating ecological and economic analysis tools to evaluate costs, benefits and risks of ecosystem restoration and protection. She is known for pioneering work to include aspects of land spatial configuration in economic valuation techniques and wetland mitigation accounting. She is also known for work developing economically-based non-monetary benefit indicators to improve the representation of tradeoffs in natural resource policy and decision-making.

Current research is testing whether findings from behavioral sciences can more effectively engage farmers and local government officials in environmental problem solving under changing conditions. As Past Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (EPA Chesapeake Bay Program), she collaborates with a wide network of scientists to provide scientific review and direct future research. She also serves on numerous advisory boards to federal and state governments and non-governmental organizations. 

 This is a closed workshop designed for SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows.

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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