Albers, Heidi J.
Professor, Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania until November 2013
- B.S., Geology and Economics, Duke University, 1985
- M.S., Environmental Studies, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1987, Focus on natural resource economics
- Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1993, Fields: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Development Economics
Prof. Albers is a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania studying biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation policy in marine, forest, and savannah settings until November 2013 and in spring 2014.
- FES 641: Sustainable Development and Resource Economics
- AEc 653: Spatial Economics of Renewable Resources
- FOR 330: Forest Economics I
- FOR 332: Risk and Decision-Making for Natural Resource Management
- FOR 599: Ecological and Economic Impact of Non-native Forest Pests and Pathogens. NCEAS-sponsored course. Co-taught with Shaw.
My primary research interests lie in two areas: natural resource management in low-income countries with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation; and bio-economic modeling of natural systems to generate spatially explicit management. Recent and current research topics include non-timber forest product extraction and forest reserve policy in Tanzania; coastal conservation in Tanzania, Costa Rica, and South Africa; REDD policies; invasive species in a river network; spatial patterns of enforcement and livelihood projects for conservation; and land and resource management under risk and uncertainty, including species conservation and forest management with fire risk. Although empirically-motivated and policy-oriented, my research typically develops and analyzes models of ecosystem and human behavior through the use of computational methods rather than econometrics.
- “Implementing REDD through Community-Based Forest Management: Lessons from Tanzania.” Elizabeth J Z Robinson, Heidi J Albers, Charles Meshack, and Razack Lokina, Natural Resources Forum. A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal. Forthcoming 2013.
- “The role of incentives for sustainable implementation of Marine Protected Areas: An example from Tanzania.” Elizabeth J Z Robinson, Heidi J Albers, and Stephen L Kirama. Forthcoming in the International Journal of Sustainable Society. Special Issue: The contribution of protected areas to sustainability (guest eds. M. Getzner and M. Jungmeier).
- “The Impact of Buffer Zone Size and Management on Illegal Extraction, Park Protection, and Enforcement.” EJZ Robinson, HJ Albers, and Gwen Busby. Forthcoming in Ecological Economics. (available online July, 2012)
- “Wildfire Risk Management in a Landscape with Fragmented Ownership: Spatial Interactions.” Gwenlyn M. Busby, Heidi J. Albers, and Claire Montgomery. Land Economics 8(3) 496-517. 2012.
- “The trees and the bees: Using enforcement and income projects to protect forests and rural livelihoods through spatial joint production.” HJ Albers and EJZ Robinson. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 40(3):424-438. December 2011.
- “Sizing Protected Areas within a Landscape: The Roles of Villagers’ Reaction and the Ecological-Socioeconomic Setting.” Elizabeth J.Z. Robinson, Heidi J. Albers, and Jeffrey C. Williams. Land Economics 87(2):233-249. 2011.
- “Optimal Spatial Patterns of Fuel Management and Timber Harvest with Risk.” Masashi Konoshima, Heidi .J. Albers, Claire A. Montgomery, and Jeffrey L. Arthur. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 40:95-108. 2010.
- “Spatial Modeling of Extraction and Enforcement in Developing Country Protected Areas.” H.J. Albers. Resource and Energy Economics. 32(2):165-179. 2010.
- “Invasive Species in a Spatially Heterogeneous World: Spatial vs. Uniform Policies.” Heidi J. Albers, Carolyn Fisher, and Jim Sanchirico. Resource and Energy Economics. 32:483-499. 2010.
- “Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Non-Timber Forest Product Extraction: The Role of Community Resource Management.” E.J.Z. Robinson, H.J. Albers, and J.C. Williams. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 56(3):234-245. 2008.