Environmental and Economic Costs associated with Alien-Invasive Species in New England

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM, Russell Sage Laboratory 3205 (Some exceptions noted). Copies of the Papers will be posted online a week before each Seminar.

Environmental and Economic Costs associated with Alien-Invasive Species in New England

Shuang Liu is working on her PhD in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont. The theme of her dissertation is ecosystem services - more specifically, the ecological background, economic valuation, and payment systems for ecosystem services. She is also interested in the linkage between biodiversity and ecosystem function, the economics of biodiversity, and the uses of economics in conservation policy.  She uses value transfer, econometrics, ecosystem modeling, and geographic information systems (GIS) as tools for addressing these questions in addition to more qualitative methods. Her current research includes: exploring the possibility of dynamic ecosystem service valuation by integrating ecosystem modeling and valuation at different spatial scales, contributing a meta-analysis of the economic costs of invasive species in North America, and constructing a valuation database using the Access software package and developing a scheme for the transfer of ecosystem service benefits.  She received her B.A. in biology and M.Sc. in ecology from Nankai University, Tianjin, China. For her masters thesis she used GIS to carry out an ecological risk assessment of land use change in a national wetland reserve in Tianjin.
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