Organizing Committee

This conference is being led by the following organizing committee.

Leah H. Palm-Forster, Conference Chair

Leah H. Palm-Forster is an Assistant Professor of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware (UD). Palm-Forster is a Fellow of the USDA-funded Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR), a Fellow of the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics (CEAE) at UD, and an affiliated faculty with UD’s Water Science and Policy Program. Her current research analyzes how agri-environmental programs can be designed to cost-effectively improve water quality and other ecosystem services. Palm-Forster has experience conducting economic experiments with both students and agricultural producers.

Kent D. Messer

Kent D. Messer is the Unidel Howard Cosgrove Chair for the Environment in the department of Applied Economics and Statistics at the University of Delaware. Messer is the Director of the University of Delaware’s Laboratory for Experimental & Applied Economics (CEAE) and co-director of the USDA-funded national Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR). As a behavioral economist, Messer applies behavioral science and experimental design to the nexus of agriculture and the environment, such as conservation programs, eco labeling, and water quality and quantity issues. His book entitled “The Science of Strategic Conservation: Protecting More with Less” is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Paul J. Ferraro

Paul J. Ferraro is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and codirector of the USDA-funded national Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR). Grounded in the behavioral sciences, his research focuses on the design and empirical evaluation of environmental programs and on the policy applications of behavioral economics and psychology research. Ferraro has served as an adviser for a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and publishes in scholarly journals in economics, political science, and interdisciplinary sciences.

 Christian Vossler

Christian Vossler is the Gerber/Taylor Professor of Business in the Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Vossler is a Fellow of the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research, a Fellow of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and director of the UT Experimental Economics Laboratory. He currently serves as a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Environmental & Resource Economics.

Maddi Valinski

Maddi Valinski is the Lab Manager of the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics (CEAE) at the University of Delaware and Program Administrator of the USDA-funded national Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR). Valinski has coordinated a number of events, including two CBEAR Workshops in Washington, D.C. targeted towards program administrators and policy makers in October 2015 and May 2016, the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics at the University of Delaware in November 2014, and coordinated a number of economic experiments in the field with up to 750 research participants per day since 2014.

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