I teach two courses, one at the undergraduate level and the other at the graduate level.
- AREC 453, Natural Resources and Public Policy is an undergraduate course that covers the basic principles economists use to analyze renewable and exhaustible resource problems. It looks at the economic factors underlying the mismanagement or overexploitation of natural resources. It uses economic analysis to discuss how to design workable policies for improving natural resource use.
- AREC/ECON 785, Advanced Economics of Natural Resources is a graduate course in natural resource economics. It covers the economic theory of exhaustible and renewable resource use from normative and positive points of view and the implications of that theory for policy. It is part of the graduate field in environmental and resource economics in both the Agricultural and Resource Economics and Economics Departments.
I occasionally teach a module on the economics of integrated pest management for an interdisciplinary course on integrated pest management, ENTM/ANSC 609. This module introduces the concepts and methods economists use to evaluate the performance of pest management strategies at the farm, regional, and national levels. It covers the economic theory of production, methods for comparing the farm-level profitability of alternative pest management strategies, reasons for/design of regional pest management strategies, and market-level effects of changes in pest management methods. Labs will include computation of crop budgets and farm profits, derivation of economic thresholds using entomological and economic data, and calculation of market-level effects.
I've also taught the economics of pest management, mainly for entomologists and other crop scientists, as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.