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PERC Welcomes 2015 Visiting Fellows

Summer at PERC brings scholars and enviropreneurs from around the world to Bozeman. They come to join a unique interdisciplinary community focused on market solutions to environmental issues.

PERC’s 2015 Enviropreneur Institute will incubate ten new business ventures. Visiting fellows will conduct research on topics ranging from marine conservation, to wildfire management, and market adaptation to climate change. 

2015 Julian Simon Fellows and their Research Projects:

Dean Lueck, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona
“The Economic Organization of Environmental Agencies” 

Sheila Olmstead, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin
“Fracking and Agriculture: The Importance of Property Rights”

Thomas Stratmann, University Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University at George Mason University
“Fractionation of Land in Indian Country: Consequences” 

2015 Lone Mountain Fellows and their Research Projects:

Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University
“Information Provision and Countervailing Risks: The Case of UV-Index and Ozone Pollution Forecast”   

Sarah Anderson, Associate Professor in Environmental Politics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Salience of Wildfire Risk and the Management of Public Lands” 

Ron Bailey, Science Correspondent for Reason
The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the 21st Century

Spencer Banzhaf, Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University
“The Local Provision of Public Goods” 

Jeff Bennett, Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University
“Managing the Australian Outback” 

Robert Deacon, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara
“Protecting Marine Ecosystems: Prescriptive Regulation” 

Corbett Grainger, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Property Rights, Regulatory Capture, and Natural Resource Exploitation” 

Seigi Karasaki, Conservation Analyst at the Breakthrough Institute
“Water Quality and Conservation in the Catskills Watershed: Ecosystem Services or Passive Protection?”

Kyle Meng, Assistant Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara
“Path Dependence in U.S. Coal-fired Electricity Production”

Nick Parker, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
“From Plows to Horizontal Fracking: Anti-commons and Unintended Consequences of Land Privatization” 

Mark PenningtonProfessor of Public Policy and Political Economy at King’s College of London
“Realistic Idealism and the Ethics of Market Environmentalism”

Margarita Portnykh, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
“Migration as an Adaptation Response to Climate Change”

Steven Puller, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University
“The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Energy Efficiency Policy in the Transportation Sector”

Matthew Turner, Professor of Economics at Brown University
“Ground Transportation” 

Bart Wilson, Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University
“Language and Cooperation in Hominid Scavenging”

Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Economics Department at Stanford University
“Water Pricing to Manage Revenue and Sales Risk”

Erez Yoeli, Post-Doctoral at Harvard University
“How to Effectively Communicate the Benefits of Trade in Wildlife: Theory and Practice” 

2015 Enviropreneur Fellows and their new ventures:

Terra Alpaugh’s startup, Ingrain, is working to transform brewery waste into sustainable and biodegradable packaging solutions.

Joseph Azzarelli is developing wireless sensors to monitor water quality.

Jeff Batton’s focus is on growing business for Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.

Bryse Gaboury and Electric Vine Industries have developed a unique village electrification architecture called the Solar Vine with a “smart meter” at its core.

Davis Graves is the co-founder of Grassfed Beef Crisps, a quick protein boost made from 100% grassfed beef raised with no added hormones or antibiotics.

David Groves is designing and structuring an Environmental Impact Bond that will allow the U.S. Forest Service to scale its forest restoration and wildfire prevention work.

Cole Mannix markets and distributes beef from Montana ranchers dedicated to ecological stewardship.

Angela Smith’s Shark Team One trains citizen scientists and conservationists through ambassadorship and educational expeditions.

Ethan Turpin’s production company will provide immersive educational experiences, helping museum and gallery visitors understand ecosystem dynamics.

Griffin Vanze and Experienced Apparel creates on-trend clothing made exclusively from recycled materials.

Jacquelyn Wallace is developing a conservation incubator where conservation organizations can co-develop projects with investors.

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