Kevin BerryAssistant Professor of Economics
Research: natural resources, environmental economics, ecological economics
- Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University 2015-2016
- Ph.D., Economics, University of Wyoming, 2015
- B.S., Economics, University of Wyoming, 2010
Kevin Berry joined ISER as an assistant professor of economics in January 2017, with a joint appointment in UAA’s economics department. His research interests include social-ecological systems, bio-economic modeling, and applied econometrics.
His research is focused on how people respond to environmental risk, including how they adapt to (reduce the damages associated with) and prevent (reduce the probability of) costly events. Before coming to ISER he was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies studying how people adapt in response to infectious disease and make land-use decisions when faced with catastrophic risk. His work has incorporated how individuals can manage natural resources to mitigate risk by capturing ecosystem services. For example this can include managing native species to reduce the expected cost of invasive species, or how individuals change their recreation decisions to reduce the risk of infectious disease. He is currently expanding this work to examine how fisheries managers can mitigate environmental risk by combining ecology and economics, and examining how communities in Alaska are adapting to coastal erosion.
His projects include “Convergence NNA: ANCHOR – Arctic Network for Coastal Community Hazards, Observations, and Integrated Research” funded by the NSF and “Building Resilience to Extreme Events and Water Hazard Planning in Rural Communities” funded by NOAA. Kevin is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP).
Kevin’s wife, Katie, is also trained in economics and finance and is originally from Anchorage. When Kevin isn’t in the office you’ll find him mountain biking, Nordic skiing, or fishing.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Horan, R. D., D. Finnoff, K. Berry, C. Reeling, J. F. Shogren, (2018) Managing Wildlife Faced with Pathogen Risks Involving Multi-Stable Outcomes. Environmental & Resource Economics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-018-0227-y
Berry, K., J. Bayham, S. Meyer, E.P. Fenichel, (2017) The allocation of time and risk of Lyme: a case study in ecosystem service income and substitution effects. Environmental & Resource Economics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-017-0142-7
Berry, K., D. Finnoff, R.D. Horan, S. McDermott, (2017) The role of restoration in the prevention of a large-scale native species loss: Case study of the invasive emerald ash borer. Journal of Forest Economics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2017.03.002
Press Releases and Popular Media
Kevin Berry’s Vita (PDF, 147KB)