Janie Chermak, Ph.D. Professor and Chair
Dept of Economics, UNM
Everything humans do can impact the natural environment, and some impacts have long-lasting consequences. For example, the exploitation of natural resources not only depletes the resource, but processes associated with the exploitation, such as mine waste or water contamination, can permanently alter the system.
Historically, energy policy has been developed without considering the impact on water and climate policy may not consider the impact on energy. Solutions to these complex problems requires policy that considers tradeoffs between systems and is acceptable to society. Dr. Chermak will discuss her research on some of the interactions between systems and the impact of people’s taste and preferences with a focus on NM’s energy and water sectors, and how the state’s attitudes about energy development may impact policy.
Dr. Janie Chermak is an applied micro economist who specializes in natural resource economics. She is a Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department at the University of New Mexico. She is also an associated faculty member of the Water Resources Program at UNM and is affiliated faculty at the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on the energy and water nexus and consumer response to scarcity. She earned her BA in geology from Western State College and MSc and PhD in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
This Lecture is co-sponsored by EPSCoR which is partnering with the NMMNHS to bring researchers and their work to the public.
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