Emma A. Gjerdseth

PhD Candidate

Department of Applied Economics

Oregon State University

I'm a PhD Candidate in the Applied Economics Department at Oregon State University, with a Masters in Agriculture and Resource Economics from University of California, Davis.


I study topics related to environmental policy, biodiversity conservation, land-use management, and non-market valuation. My goal is to provide insight and inform stakeholders and decision makers in the development of environmental policies and conservation programs, through my research. I have a special interest in efforts to prevent deforestation, as well as, black markets and the illicit trade in endangered wildlife products.

In my research I obtain data from a variety of sources. I have experience working with a combination of different publicly available datasets to construct a panel (e.g. see my working paper "The Elephant in the Room"); global and regional panel data processed from satellite imagery (e.g. "Storms, Mangroves, and Local Livelihoods"); and lidar derived measurements combined with spatial data and (repeated) property transactions (e.g. "Coastal Erosion Protection on the Oregon Coast" using ArcGIS).