College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Evaluating the Success of Protecting Tropical Forests

Policies preventing tropical deforestation play a major role in climate change debates.
Rainforests to palm oil
Image Credit: 
Rhett A. Butler,

AREC graduate student Joe Maher received the University of Maryland Council on the Environment Green Fund Fellowship to investigate the effectiveness of forest protection in South America with Xiaopeng Song (Geography).  Their collaboration will develop the first integrated framework linking annual satellite-based deforestation data with quasi-experimental econometric methods to measure the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing tropical deforestation.

Other news coverage about the fellowship award:

ConE Fellowship Announcement Link:

Creating a Better World by Thinking Outside the Box, published 1/7/2013

Two Pairs of Graduate Students are First to Receive Green Fund Fellowship, Diamondback newspaper article, published 3/1/2013

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