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STEPHANIE F. STEFANSKI
Nicholas School of the Environment
9 Circuit Dr., Durham, NC 27708
Ph.D. in Environmental Policy, Economics Concentration, Expected May 2019
Dissertation Title: Three Essays on Property Rights-Based Management in Argentine Fisheries: Evaluating Institutional Design and Social and Economic Outcomes
Committee: Martin Smith (chair), Jeff Vincent, Xavier Basurto, Roger von Haefen
M.E.Sc in Environmental Economics, 2014
Thesis Title: Economic Valuation of Marine Wildlife Tourism in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
Thesis Adviser: Robert Mendelsohn
B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude with honors, 2012
B.A. in Political Economy, magna cum laude with honors
Thesis Title: Economic Valuation of Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico
Thesis Adviser: Jay Shimshack
Natural resource economics, governance and institutions of natural resources, environment and development, natural resource management, marine resource economics, ecosystem services
RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016-2017 Project Consultant, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Team social scientist responsible for survey design & data analysis to assess economic value of the whale watching industry in marine protected areas and for conducting Spanish language surveys.
2013-2014 Graduate Student Research Assistant, Yale University
Estimated optimal harvest rotation of Panama teak plantations through econometric methods and empirical data analysis in Stata.
2013-2014 Project Consultant, Commonwealth Secretariat
Team economist responsible for developing 5-year sustainable business plan for improved ecotourism and additional revenue streams through stakeholder interviews in Guyana.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Stefanski, S. and J.P. Shimshack. 2016. “Valuing Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico: Evidence from the Proposed Boundary Expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.” Marine Resource Economics 31(2).
Stefanski, S. and S. Villasante. 2015. “Whales vs. Gulls: Assessing Trade-offs in Wildlife and Waste Management in Patagonia, Argentina.” Ecosystem Services 16: 294-305.
Stefanski, S., X. Shi, J.S. all, A. Hernandez, and E.P. Fenichel. 2015. “Teak-cattle production tradeoffs for Panama Canal Watershed small scale producers.” Forest Policy and Economics 56: 48-56.
Stefanski, S. “The New Fisheries Catch Shares Program in Argentina: Balancing Efficiency and Equity Objectives in Rights-Based Management Systems.” NAAFE Forum, La Paz, Southern Baja California, Mexico, March 22-24 2017.
Smith, Z., Gilroy, M., Eisenson, M., Schnettler, E., Stefanski, S. 2014. “Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries.” NRDC Issue Report R:13-11-B.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Stefanski, S. and R.H. von Haefen. “Using Aggregate Counts to Improve Policy Inference from On-Site Samples: An Application to the Peninsula Valdes World Heritage Site in Argentina.”
2018 The New Fisheries Catch Shares Program in Argentina. Duke Nicholas School PhD Symposium. Durham, NC.
2017 The New Fisheries Catch Shares Program in Argentina: Balancing Efficiency and Equity Trade-offs in Rights-Based Management. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Conference. La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
2016 Using aggregate counts to improve policy inference from on-site samples: an application to the Peninsula Valdes World Heritage Site in Argentina. W-3133. Portland, OR.
2015 Valuing Marine Mammals in Patagonia. Southern Economic Association Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2013 Economic Valuation of Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Conference. Saint Petersburg, FL.
2013 Poster: Economic Valuation of Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico. 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. Center of Natural Resource Economics & Policy. New Orleans, LA.
2014 Economic valuation of recreational ecosystem services related to marine fauna viewing in Peninsula Valdes. Universidad Catolica Argentina Department of Economics. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2013, 2014 Economic Valuation of Marine Wildlife and Tourism in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco Department of Economics. Trelew, Argentina.
2012, 2014 Economic Valuation of Marine Wildlife and Tourism in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. Centro Nacional Patagonico. Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND AWARDS
Fellowships & Awards
2017 Principal Candidate for a Fulbright-Hays DDRA in Argentina (declined)
2014-19 Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation
2012 Senior Honors Scholar Award, Tulane Economics Department
2012 Senior Honors Scholar Award, Tulane Political Economy Department
2008 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, IBM
2017 Graduate Student Field Research Grant, $1,270, Duke CLACS
2017 International Dissertation Research Travel Award, $2,800, Duke Graduate School
2017 Graduate Award for Research and Training, $884, Duke University Center for International & Global Studies
2013 Summer Research Grant, $5,000, Yale Tropical Research Institute
2013 Carpenter Sperry Fund Continuing Research Grant, $1,525, Yale University
2013 Tinker Field Research Grant, $1,500, Yale University
2012 Georges Lurcy Research Grant, $1,500, Tulane University
2012 Newcomb Institute Research Grant, $2,500, Tulane University
2018 Certificate in College Teaching, Duke University Graduate School
2017 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Environmental Science & Policy Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
2017 Teaching Assistant, Resource and Environmental Economics Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
2012 Teaching Fellow, Resource and Environmental Economics, Department of Economics, Yale University
LEADERSHIP & SERVICE
2018 Student Leader, Duke Graduate School Emerging Leaders Institute
Participated in workshop series with 20 graduate students to learn how to perform as effective leaders through interdisciplinary teamwork, communication skills training, and leadership coaching.
2017-18 Vice President, Graduate and Professional Student Council
Responsible for the organization and running of bi-monthly meetings. Regularly met with Graduate School administration, alumni, and student leaders to develop solutions to current student life challenges.
2017-18 Graduate Student Representative, Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Standing Committee
2017-18 UPEP Program Representative, Nicholas PhD Advocacy Committee
2014 Theme Session Organizer and Convener. “Resilience and marine ecosystem services.” Annual Science Conference. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. A Coruna, Spain.
2013 Session Moderator. “Climate Change.” 7th Biennial Forum. North American Association of Fisheries Economists Conference. Saint Petersburg, FL.
2017 Marine Resource Economics
2016 Deep-Sea Research Part II
LANGUAGES & TECHNICAL SKILLS
Languages English native, Spanish fluent
Citizenship USA, Argentina, Switzerland
Software R, Stata, MATLAB, Mathematica, Adobe Creative Suite
Outdoor Skills PADI Dive Master Professional SCUBA Diver Certification
Wilderness First Responder Certification