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STEPHANIE F. STEFANSKI

PhD Candidate
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
9 Circuit Dr., Durham, NC 27708
(845) 616-4671
Stephanie.Stefanski@duke.edu

EDUCATION


Duke University
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

Yale University
M.E.Sc in Environmental Economics, 2014
Thesis Title: Economic Valuation of Marine Wildlife Tourism in Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
Thesis Adviser: Robert Mendelsohn

Tulane University
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

RESEARCH INTERESTS


Natural resource economics, governance and institutions of natural resources, environment and development, natural resource management, marine resource economics, ecosystem services

RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


2016-2019                Graduate Pursuit Fellow, SESYNC        
Team economist responsible for identifying causal mechanisms between global seafood trade, fisheries management, and fisheries stocks.

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.

2016                           Project Consultant, World Cetacean Alliance
Co-team leader responsible for audit design & implementation to assess whale watching sustainability for Whale Heritage Site certification.

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.

PUBLICATIONS


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.

Conference Proceedings

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.

Other Publications

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.”

PRESENTATIONS


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.

INVITED TALKS


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

Research Grants

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


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.

University Service

2017-18          Graduate Student Representative, Board of Trustees Budget and Finance Standing Committee

2017-18          UPEP Program Representative, Nicholas PhD Advocacy Committee

Professional Service

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.

Journal Reviewing

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