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Jo Albers

Jo Albers, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Knobloch Wyoming Excellence Chair in Conservation Economics and Finance

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
Dept. of Economics and Finance

(307) 766-5331  |  jo.albers@uwyo.eduCV | Kendall House, Rm 109


PhD Economics, University of California at Berkeley (1993)

Master of Environmental Studies, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1987)

BS Geology and Economics, Duke University (1985)

Background and expertise

Jo Albers is the University of Wyoming's Knobloch Wyoming Excellence Chair in Conservation Economics and Finance and a professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Economics and Finance in the College of Business. As an economist with a natural science background, her research interests lie in two general areas: natural resource management in low-income countries with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation; and integrated bio-economic modeling of natural systems to generate spatially explicit management. Her work emphasizes the interactions between private and public resource managers/users in the provision of ecosystem services. Recent and current research topics include non-timber forest product extraction and forest reserve policy in Tanzania; coastal conservation in Tanzania and Costa Rica; 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. Her teaching experience includes spatial resource economics, sustainable development economics, forest economics, ecological and economic management of invasive species, and decisions with risk and uncertainty for natural resource management.


  • ENR 3900: Conservation Economics for Non-economists

  • Economics 5410: Advanced Environmental and Resource Economics

Selected publications

“Spatially-correlated Risk in Reserve Site Selection.” Heidi J. Albers, Gwenlyn M. Busby, Bertrand Hamaide, Amy W. Ando, and Stephen Polasky. PLoS ONE 11(1). January 2016.

“Insiders, outsiders, and the role of local enforcement in forest management: An example from Tanzania.” EJZ Robinson, HJ Albers, G Ngeleza, and R Lokina. Ecological Economics 107:242-248. November 2014.

“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. International Journal of Sustainable Society 6(1/2):28-46. Special Issue: The contribution of protected areas to sustainability (guest eds. M. Getzner and M. Jungmeier). 2014.

“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.

“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.

Selected Current Projects

“Coastal Conservation: Comparing Marine Protected Areas and Small-Scale Fisher Behavior in Costa Rica, Tanzania, and South Africa.” EfD Initiative.

“Spatial Modeling of Invasive Species Management” in collaboration with computer scientists, ecologists, and students on NSF-Funded project.  Developing solution methods for complex spatial management of ecological systems.

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