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Andrew & Connie Vanvig Graduate Fellowship|Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

The Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics is pleased to award the Vanvig Graduate Fellowship each year named after former department head, Andrew Vanvig.

Andy Vanvig served University of Wyoming students as head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics for 25 years. During his tenure, student numbers, faculty size and the scope of the department increased several fold. Whether teaching his agricultural finance course, working with agricultural leaders, or helping a group of ranchers, Andy was a leader in Wyoming agriculture for the nearly 34 years he served as a UW faculty member. Andy, now retired, and his wife Connie split their time between their winter home in Arizona and their no-till crop farm in North Dakota.

The recipient is selected by the faculty for outstanding achievements both inside and outside the classroom. The Fellowship provides funding ($5,000) for one year to support the recipient’s graduate research.

University of Wyoming, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Andrew Vanvig Award winners since inception (2006) include:

 

 

2013 Choong Kim

student photoChoongs’s research interests are in experimental economics. He grew up in Chun-Cheon, South Korea, and received his B.S. in mathematics form the University of Wyoming in 2010. Choong will complete his degree program in Spring 2014.

 

Thesis title: Incidence in Imperfect Energy Markets Using Experimental Economics

 

Thesis committee: Chris Bastian (chair), Dale Menkhaus, and Own Phillips

 

 

 

2012 Anna Scofield

student photoAnna’s research interests are in resource and environmental economics, with specific interest in the economics of wildfire supression. She will complete her degree program in Fall 2014.

 

Thesis title: The Relationship Between Residential Development and Federal Fire Suppression Expenditures in the Rocky Mountain Region

 

Thesis committee: Don McLeod (chair), Roger Coupal, Ben Rashford, Scott Lieske

 

 

 

2011 Jordan Steele

student photoJordan’s research interests were in livestock production economics. He currently works for WHB Video Auctions.

 

Presentations:

Steele, Jordan. 2012. Economic Implications (Direct and Indirect) of Wolf Reintroduction on Wyoming Cattle Producers. Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention, Torrington, WY, November 20, 2012.

Steele, Jordan. 2012. Wolf Reintroduction: Direct and Indirect Effects for Western Wyoming Cattle Producers. University of Wyoming, Department of Animal Science Seminar, Laramie, WY, October 12, 2012.

 

Publications:

Steele, J.R., B.S. Rashford, J.A. Tanaka, T.K. Foulke and D.T. Taylor.  2013.  Wolf Predation Impacts on Livestock Production: Direct Effects, Indirect Effects, and Implications for Compensation Ratios.  Rangeland Ecology and Management, 66(5): 539-544.

 

Thesis title: Wolf Reintroduction: Direct and Indirect Effects for Western Wyoming Cattle Producers

 

Thesis committee: Ben Rashford (chair), Tom Foulke, Tex Taylor, John Tanaka

 

 

2011 Abby Mellinger Scott

student photoAbby’s research interests were in resource and environmental economics. She is currently a research assistant for the UW School of Energy Resources.

 

Thesis title: Economic and Ecological Tradeoffs of Targeting Conservation Easements for Habitat Protection: A Case Study of Sublette County, Wyoming

 

Thesis committee: Steve Smutko (chair), Ben Rashford (co-chair), Scott Lieske, Hal Sawyer

 

 

2010 Trent Roberts

student photoTrent’s research interests were in production economics. After graduation, he worked for JBS SWIFT forecasting livestock demand. Trent currently works for JBS Swift.

 

Presentations:

Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten. 2012. Cattle producers’ economic incentives for preventing bovine brucellosis under uncertainty. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Maastricht, The Netherlands, August 20-24, 2012.

Peck, D., T. Roberts, J. Ritten. 2011. Economics of animal disease prevention when effectiveness is uncertain: bovine brucellosis in the GYA. Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 29 – July 1, 2011.

 

Publications:

Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck and J.P. Ritten. 2012. Cattle producers’ economic incentives for preventing bovine brucellosis under uncertainty. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 107(3-4):187-203. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed. 2012.06.008.

Roberts, T.W., D.E. Peck, J.P. Ritten and B.S. Rashford. 2012. The cost of brucellosis prevention: fencing stackyards. Publication B-1232, University of Wyoming Extension. Available at http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B1232.pdf.

 

Thesis title: Costs and Expected Benefits to Cattle Producers of Brucellosis Management Strategies in the Greater Yellowstone Area of Wyoming

 

Thesis committee: Dannele Peck (chair), John Ritten, Scott Lake, Walt Cook

 

 

2009 Eric Cropper

student photoEric’s research interests were in resource and environmental economics. He completed a dual Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources. Eric is currently a tax appraisal specialist for the Utah Tax Commission.

 

Publications:

Cropper, E. D., D. M. McLeod, C. T. Bastian, C. M. Keske, D. L. Hoag, and J. E. Cross.  Factors Affecting Land Trust Agents’ Preferences for Conservation Easements.  Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy. 42(2): 88-103.

 

Thesis title: Factors Impacting Land Trusts’ Demand for Conservation Easements

 

Thesis committee: Chris Bastian (chair), Don McLeod (co-chair), Dave Aadland, Catherine Keske.

 

 

2008 Milton Geiger

student photoMilt’s research interests were in energy and environmental issues. He completed a dual Master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources. After graduation, Milt accepted a position as the University of Wyoming’s new Energy Extension Coordinator.

 

Selected Presentations:

Geiger, M., R. Coupal, and D.M. McLeod. “Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulation – A Poorer Wyoming.” Invited presentation. Laramie Lyceum, Laramie, WY. Forthcoming.

Geiger, M., R. Coupal, and D.M. McLeod. “Potential Impacts of Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Wyoming’s Energy Derived Tax Revenue.” Invited presentation. Casper Chamber of Commerce, Casper, WY. September 30, 2009

Geiger, M., R. Coupal, and D.M. McLeod. “Potential Impacts of Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Wyoming’s Energy Derived Tax Revenue.” Selected paper presentation. Western Agricultural Economics Association 2009 meeting, Kauai, HI. June 25, 2009.

 

Publications:

Geiger, M., R. Coupal, and D.M. McLeod. Potential Impacts of Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Wyoming’s Energy Derived Tax Revenue. Rocky Mountain Geology. (Currently in Press).

 

Awards:

University of Wyoming Outstanding Master’s Thesis 2010

 

Thesis title: Federal Greenhouse Gas Regulation And Wyoming’s Energy Derived Tax Revenue

 

Thesis committee: Roger Coupal (chair), Don McLeod (co-chair), Andy Hansen, Harold Bergman, Mark Northam

 

 

2007 Brian Strauch

student photoBrian’s research interest was in production economics. After graduation, Brian started work for University of Nebraska as an Extension Educator.

 

Teaching Assistant for Advanced Farm and Ranch Management

 

Publications:

Strauch, Brian A., Dannele E. Peck and Larry J. Held. A Case Study of Fall Versus Spring Calving for the Rocky Mountain West. The Journal of the American Association of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Page 74. 2010.

 

Strauch, Brian A. Larry Held and Dannele Peck. Is Fall Calving a Viable Alternative to Spring Calving in Wyoming. In “Reflections”. University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture. 2009.

 

Thesis title: Profitability and Business Risk of Fall Versus Spring Calving in Wyoming

 

Thesis committee: Dannele Peck (chair), Larry Held (co-chair), Doug Hixon

 

 

2006 Ashley D. Miller-Lang

student photoAshley’s interest was in resource issues related to agriculture. Her research investigated landowner preferences related to conservation easements. Ashley is currently an adjunct instructor of Agricultural Business for Laramie County Community College in WY and Northeastern Community College in NE.

 

Presentations:

Miller, A., C. T. Bastian, D. M. McLeod, C. M. Keske and D. L. Hoag. “Agricultural Landowners’ Preferences for Conservation Easements and Conserving Amenities,” Selected paper presentation. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management 2007 meeting. Park City UT. June 17-21, 2007.

 

Five other papers were presented at professional meetings in which she was a coauthor- including an organized symposium paper at the WAEA meetings in 2008.

 

Publications:

Miller, A. D., C. T. Bastian, D. M. McLeod, C. M. Keske, and D. L. Hoag. Factors Impacting Agricultural Landowners’ Willingness to Enter into Conservation Easements: A Case Study. Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal, 24(1): 65-74.

 

Thesis title: Factors Affecting Agricultural Landowners’ Preferences for Conservation Easements and Conserving Amenities

 

Committee members: Chris Bastian (chair), Don McLeod, Harold Bergman

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