AESE Assistant Professor Kate Zipp to present the next Water Insights Seminar

Posted: February 14, 2018

Policies to minimize the damages caused by aquatic invasive species is the topic of our next Water Insights Seminar.
Kate Zipp

Kate Zipp

Dr. Zipp will present: "Optimal spatial-dynamic management policies to minimize the damages caused by aquatic invasive species." Invasive species have long been recognized as a leading threat to biodiversity, and lakes are especially affected by species invasions because they are closed systems sensitive to disruption. As a result, aquatic invasive species (AIS) have been the focus of intensive management efforts aimed at controlling or minimizing their spread. In this paper, we investigate the optimal location and timing of management strategies such as boat ramp fees or boat wash stations aimed at controlling the spread of AIS. Extending previous bioeconomic simulators, we are able to solve for the strategies that minimize the total expected welfare loss from the establishment of AIS in a lake system for both shoreline property owners and recreational boaters in a region over a specified time period (e.g. fifteen years).

Katherine Zipp is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics. She earned her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economic from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research focuses on how land use and recreational decisions influence and are influenced by landscape (dis-)amenities. Three categories of landscape (dis-)amenities that drive her research agenda to date include open-space conservation, risks and damages from natural disasters including invasive species, and water quality.

Join us in person on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM in room 102 Forest Resources Building or online using Zoom.

Lunch provided to those who attend in person.

For a full list of seminars in this series and links to recordings of past seminars please visit the Water Insights Seminar Series webpage.

This series is presented by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute.