Agricultural & Applied Economics
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2386
The Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics is pleased to award the Vanvig Graduate Fellowship each year in honor of 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:
2015 Tristram (Tris) Munsick
Tris’s research interests are in production economics. He will complete his thesis research in Spring 2016.
Thesis title: Economic Benefits and Costs of Vaccinating Wyoming’s domestic Sheep Against Bluetongue Virus
Thesis committee: Dannele Peck (chair), John Ritten, and Myrna Miller
2015 Thadchaigeni Panchalingam
Thadchaigeni’s research interests are in consumer and behavioral economics. She will complete her thesis research in Spring 2016.
Thesis title: Incentivizing Open Spaces in Wyoming to Promote Pollinator Habitat: Applying Agglomeration Bonuses to Unite Fragmented Habitat
Thesis committee: Chian Jones-Ritten (co-chair), Mariah Ehmke (co-chair), Jason Shogren, and Chris Bastian
2014 McKenzie (Kate) Harlan
Kate’s research interests are in production economics. She grew up on a sheep ranch near Kaycee, WY and currently owns and operates a commercial sheep operation.
Thesis title: Valuation of Residual Feed Intake as a Selection Tool for Northeastern Wyoming Range Sheep Producers
Thesis committee: John Ritten (chair), Ben Rashford, and Kristi Cammack
2013 Choong Kim
Choongs’s research interests are in experimental economics. He grew up in Chun-Cheon, South Korea, and received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wyoming in 2010. After graduating, Choong worked as a research assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State.
Thesis title: Incidence in Imperfect Energy Markets Using Experimental Economics
Thesis committee: Chris Bastian (chair), Dale Menkhaus, and Owen Phillips
2012 Anna Scofield
Anna’s research interests are in resource and environmental economics, with specific interest in the economics of wildfire supression. Anna is currently a researcher with Resource Dimensions, a global consulting firm focusing on environmental and natural resource economics.
Scofield, A., B.S. Rashford, D.M. McLeod, R. Coupal and S. Lieske. 2015 Wildfire Suppression Costs – The Role of Residential Development Pattern. Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative, Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources & UW Extension Bulletin, B-1268, October 2015.
Scofield, A., B.S. Rashford, D.M. McLeod, and R.H. Coupal. 2015. Managing Residential Development Spatial Pattern Could Reduce the Cost of Fighting Wildlfires. University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Reflections Magazine. [Winner of Top Student Contribution]
Scofield, A., B.S. Rashford, D.M. McLeod, R.H. Coupal, S. Lieske and S. Albeke. The Impact of Residential Development Pattern on Wildfire Suppression Expenditures. Land Economics (Forthcoming).
Thesis title: The Relationship Between Residential Development and Federal Fire Suppression Expenditures in the Rocky Mountain Region [Selected as the nation’s top MS thesis in 2014 by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association]
Thesis committee: Don McLeod (chair), Roger Coupal, Ben Rashford, Scott Lieske
2011 Jordan Steele
Jordan’s research interests were in livestock production economics. He is currently an Extension Agricultural Economist for Kansas State University’s Kansas Farm Management Association.
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.
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
Abby’s research interests were in resource and environmental economics.
After graduation, Abby worked as a research assistant for the UW School of Energy Resources. She is currently a Mikelson Fellow with the Western Governors’ Association working to coordinate their Species Conservation and ESA Initiative.
Rashford, B.S., A.M. Scott, M. Hayes and H. Sawyer. 2015. Targeting Conservation Easements to Benefit Wildlife. Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative Bulletin, Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources & UW Extension Bulletin, B-1266, September 2015.
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
Trent’s research interests were in production economics. After graduation, he worked for JBS SWIFT forecasting livestock demand. He is now the Master Scheduler and Supply Chain Manger for JBS.
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.
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
Eric’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 senior economist with the Utah State Tax Commission.
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
Milt’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.
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.
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).
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
Brian’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
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
Ashley’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.
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.
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