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Sonja H. Kolstoe

Sonja Kolstoe

 

Assistant Professor of Economics
Joint Appointment with the Department of Economics and Finance

Office: Perdue Hall (PH) 225
Phone: 410-548-3524 or ext 83524
Email: shkolstoe@salisbury.edu
Website: sonjakolstoe.com

 Research interestsNon-market valuation, recreational demand, biodiversity

Courses: 
ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 311 Intermediate Microeconomics
ENVR 210 Principles of Environmental Economics
ENVR 305 Topics in Humanities/Social Sciences (Spring 2019)

Education

Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy with a focus in Economics, June 2016
     University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
     Research focus: Non-market valuation

M.S., Economics, September 2013
     University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

M.A., Economics, December 2011
     University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

B.S., Biology, May 2010, cum laude
     Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

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Research

Publications

Kolstoe, S. & Cameron, T.A. (2017) "The Non-market Value of Birding Sites and the Marginal Value of Additional Species: Biodiversity in a Random Utility Model of Site Choice by eBird Members," Ecological Economics, 137, 1-12.

Riddel, M., and Kolstoe, S. (2013) "Heterogeneity in life-duration preferences: Are risky recreationists really more risk loving?," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 46(2), 191-213.

Working Papers

Kolstoe, S., Cameron, T.A. and Wilsey, C.B. (2016) "Climate policy, land cover, and bird populations: Differential impacts on the future welfare of birders in the Pacific Northwest," Revise and Resubmit.

Works in Progress

Kolstoe, S., and Cameron, T.A. (2017) "Supplementing eBird Citizen Science data with auxiliary surveys of participants: New insights concerning the determinants of birding destination choice by birders."

Kolstoe, S. (2017) "Low-Snowpack and Wildfres: A Welfare Double-Edged Sword for Hikers and Climbers."

Kolstoe, S. and Cameron, T.A. (2017) "Exploring Preferences of eBirders over Backyard and Local Birds, A Stated Preference Approach."

Kolstoe, S., Chaundhry, A. and Tsournos, P. (2017). "Recreational Demand on the Sacramento River."

Kling, D. and Kolstoe, S. (2017). "Unpacking Sample Selection Bias in Destination SiteChoices: A Simulation Exercise."

Field Research 

Survey administration, Las Vegas, NV, 2011

Prepared, deployed, and recovered deep-sea experiments, Ray Lee Laboratory, Washington State University, R/V Atlantis, 2009 & 2010

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Presentations

Conferences

"Low Snowpack and Wildfres: A Double-Edged Sword for the Welfare of Hikers", to be presented at the Society for the Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference. Washington, DC, March 14-16, 2018.

"Teaching Environmental Economics and Policy in a Politically Fractured World," panelist, scheduled panel for the Southern Economic Association Conference. Tampa, FL, November 17-19, 2017.

"Low Snowpack and Wildfires: A Double-Edged Sword for the Welfare of Hikers", presented at the Southern Economic Association Conference. Tampa, FL, November 17-19, 2017.

"Supplementing eBird Citizen Science data with auxiliary surveys of participants: New
insights concerning the determinants of birding destination choice by birders," presented a poster at the NAREA Conference. Washington, D.C., June 11-14, 2017.

"Supplementing eBird Citizen Science data with auxiliary surveys of participants: New
insights concerning the determinants of birding destination choice by birders," presented at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference. Washington, D.C., March 16-17, 2017.

"The Value of Birds to eBirders: Exploring Citizen Science Data using a Recreational Site Choice Model," presented at the Southern Economic Association Conference. Washington, D.C., November 19-21, 2016.

"Welfare effects and consequences for birders from changes in site attributes," presented at the Western Economic Association International, Portland, OR, June 29- July 2, 2016.

"Modelling Recreation Behavior of BirdWatchers with Data from a Citizen Science Project," presented at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28, 2015.

"Exploring systematic differences in the value to birders of species biodiversity: A RUM study of site choice by eBird participants," presented a poster at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, San Diego, June 3-5, 2015.

"The value of avian biodiversity to recreational birders: A random utility model of site choice by eBird participants," presented at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, Washington D.C., March 18-20, 2015.

"The value of biodiversity: Birders WTP for species abundance," presented at the Western Economic Association International, Denver, CO, June 27-July 1, 2014.

Workshops

"Climate policy, land cover, and bird populations: Forecasting impacts on the future welfare of birders in the Pacific Northwest," presented at the NAREA Workshop. Washington, D.C., June 14-15, 2017.

"The value of bird biodiversity to eBirders: Exploring citizen science data using a recreational site choice model," presented at the W3133 Workshop, Portland, OR, February 25-26, 2016.

"Using citizen science data to measure the value of birds to birdwatchers," presented at the Oregon Resource and Environmental Economics Workshop. Salem, OR, October 2, 2015.

"Exploring systematic differences in the value to birders of species biodiversity: A RUM study of site choice by eBird participants," presented at the Camp Resources, Asheville, NC, August 2-4, 2015.

"The value of biodiversity: Birders WTP for species abundance," presented at the Belpasso International Summer School, Belpasso, Italy, August 31- September 6, 2014.

"The Value to Birders of Species Abundance and Biodiversity: A Random Utility Model of Site Choice by eBird Participants," presented at the Oregon Resource and Environmental Economics Workshop. Salem, OR, May 16, 2014.

Invited Presentations

"Supplementing eBird Citizen Science data with auxiliary surveys of participants: New insights concerning the determinants of birding destination choice by birders," at University of Delaware, invited seminar scheduled for Spring 2018.

"Valuing Non-Market Goods and Services,Work of a Biologist Turned Environmental Economist," invited to present as part of Environmental Fellows Program, at DePauw University, scheduled for April 5, 2018.

"Low Snowpack and Wildfires: A Double-Edged Sword for the Welfare of Hikers and Climbers and the Recreational Season," invited seminar at Clarkson University, November 10, 2017.

"Supplementing eBird Citizen Science data with auxiliary surveys of participants: New insights concerning the determinants of birding destination choice by birders," presented at California State University, Chico, Chico, CA, March 24, 2017.

"Using Citizen Science Data to Measure the Value of Avian Biodiversity to Birdwatchers," presented at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, February 4, 2016.

"Using Citizen Science Data to Measure the Value of Avian Biodiversity to Birdwatchers," presented at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, January 29, 2016.

Public Talks

"Valuing Bird Biodiversity Using Citizen Science Data from eBird," Salisbury University's Environmental Studies Faculty Lecture Series, Ocean Pines, MD, October 6, 2017.

"Using (eBird) citizen science data to measure the value of avian biodiversity to birdwatchers", Co-Keynote Speaker for the Valuing Bird Biodiversity Using Citizen Science Event, Ward Museum, Salisbury, MD, March 10, 2017.

Fellowships and Awards

The Mikesell Research Paper Award, University of Oregon, June 2015

Awards Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Department of Economics, University of Oregon, 2011-2014, Summer & Fall 2015

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, Winter 2014, Winter & Spring 2015, Winter & Spring 2016

Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010-2011

UNLV Access Grant - Graduate, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2010-2011

President's Honor Roll Washington State University, 2009-2010

Biology Merit Award, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, 2009

Student Leadership Award, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, 2009

Development Award, Honors College, Washington State University, 2008

Outstanding Third-Year French student, Department of Foreign Languages, Washington State University, 2007

University Achievement Award, Washington State University, 2006-2008

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