Speaker Bios

Below is a list of keynote speakers and panelists for the conferences.

Tim Cason,

Distinguished Professor and Gadomski Chair of Economics

Professor Cason’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of industrial organization, experimental economics, environmental and public economics. His current research areas include experimental markets, environmental regulation, and behavioral game theory.

He has published research in many leading journals, including Science, the Journal of Political EconomyEconometrica, the American Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Studies. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics, a past editor of the journal Experimental Economics, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Economics and ManagementManagement Science, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Games and Economic Behavior.

He served as President of the Economic Science Association (2009-2011), which is the international society of experimental economists.

Stefanie Engel,

Alexander-von-Humboldt Professor of Environmental Economics

Stefanie Engel holds a PhD degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland (USA). After her PhD and working as a lecturer at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, she led a Robert-Bosch Foundation funded junior research group at the Center for Development Research in Bonn (Germany). From 2006 to 2014, she was Professor of Environmental Policy and Economics at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In 2014, she was awarded an Alexander-von-Humboldt professorship, the most highly endowed international research prize in Germany. Since October she leads the Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship of Environmental Economics at the University of Osnabrueck.

Stefanie Engel’s work focuses on environmental policy design and the endogenous formation of natural resource management institutions. She is a regularly invited speaker on the economics of ecosystem services and advisor to academic and policy initiatives in this area. Stefanie Engel is particularly well-known for her work on payments for environmental services, being one of the most highly cited authors on this theme. Her ongoing work focuses on the behavioral economics of environmental policy design, using economic lab and field experiments.


Jeremy Peters,

National Association of Conservation Districts, Chief Executive Officer

 Jeremy Peters joined NACD in 2006 and became the association’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. As CEO, Peters manages the association and leads advocacy efforts on behalf of the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts.

During his career with NACD, Peters has served as Chief Operating Officer as well as Legislative Affairs Manager. Earlier in his career, he served as Federal Policy Director for American Farmland Trust and directed climate, conservation, and energy programs for National Farmers Union. He previously worked on Capitol Hill for former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, D – N.D., who sat on the House Agriculture Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

Peters grew up on his family’s farm raising cattle in Wise County in rural southwestern Virginia. He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Emory and Henry College, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.





Marca Weinberg,

Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, USDA ERS

Marca Weinberg, Ph.D. is Director of the Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED). She previously served as RRED Associate Director and Chief of the division’s Resource, Environmental, and Science Policy Branch. In her current position, she leads a program of research, analysis and data collection to support policy makers and program managers concerned with the structure and performance of the farm sector, rural community development and well-being, conservation programs and implications of environmental regulations. Dr. Weinberg received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior positions include Assistant Professor, University of California Davis, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, and economist with the Congressional Budget Office. Her primary research focus was on estimating costs, benefits, and distributional implications of policy design options for addressing water use and water quality concerns associated with agricultural production.

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