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Geosciences final Colloquium Speaker for the Fall 2019 Semester, Katherine Zipp, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Penn State

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 4:00pm
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“Water in All the Wrong Places: Economics Meets Geosciences

A Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception immediately precedes the presentation at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum.


More Info about Katherine Zipp

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Pennsylvania State University



Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin

B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, Oberlin College


Research and Academic Activities

Zipp’s research centers on the interplay of economic choices and processes with patterns of land cover/land use over space and time, and the resultant effects on environmental conditions. The spatial configuration of land cover/land use is a major factor in leading environmental issues including climate change, habitat destruction, and water pollution. Land-use policies are, therefore, a key component of comprehensive environmental policies. Zipp’s scholarship develops models that address this interplay through projects focusing on three significant environmental topics: (1) open-space amenities; (2) landscape-related environmental risks such as floods, wildfires, and the spread of invasive species; and (3) water quality and biofuel production.

In addition to her faculty teaching and research activities, Zipp is also the co-organizer of the Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy (EEEP) Seminar Series as well as a member of the Center for Landscape Dynamics Steering Committee.