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Tobias Schwoerer

Senior Research Professional
Work Phone: 907-786-5404 Website: Tobias’ Website


Research: Arctic climate change, fisheries, invasive species, resource management, sustainability, ecosystem services

  • Ph.D. Socio-Bioeconomics: Interdisciplinary, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2017
  • M.S., Resource Management, Simon Fraser University, 2007
  • BA, Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2003

Tobias Schwoerer has more than 15 years of public-policy experience relevant to Alaska, the Arctic, and other countries. With a diverse background in economics and the natural sciences, he develops innovative techniques for decision-making in the public and private sectors. He has led a range of projects that include assessing the value of the environment to local livelihoods, analyzing alternative energy options in collaboration with rural communities, and measuring the contribution of Alaska’s basic sector industries to the overall economy.

Much of his current research focuses on human dimensions of sustainable systems, with the goal of informing policy through applied economic analysis. Most recently, he has been studying human responses to environmental risks, such as invasive species and climate change.


Selected Publications:

  • Schwoerer, T., Knowler, D., and Garcia-Martinez, S. The Value of Marine Species to Local Communities: A Case Study of Whale Watching in Baja, Mexico. Ecological Economics, 127(2016), 90-101.
  • Schwoerer, T., Federer, R., and Ferren II, H. 2014. Invasive species management programs in Alaska: A survey of statewide expenditures, 2007-11, Arctic 67(1): 20-27.

Selected ISER Reports and Working Papers:

  • Schwoerer, T., Holen, D., Jones, B., Tanaka, C., Albert, D. 2015. The Economic Geography of Salmon: A conceptual framework and preliminary characterization of the spatial distribution of economic values associated with salmon in the Mat-Su Basin. Research Report and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Special Publication. In review.
  • Schwoerer, T. 2013. The Mat-Su Borough in 2040: What Would Residents Like to See? Research Summary No. 76. Institute of Social and Economic Research.
  • Duffield, J., Neher, C., Patterson, D., Knapp, G., Schwoerer, T., Fay, V., and Goldsmith, O.S. 2014. Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Ecosystem: Baseline Levels of Economic Activity and Values. NatureServe Conservation Services Division. For: EPA Bristol Bay Assessment.

Selected Presentations:

  • “Ecosystem Services: How much do mat-Su residents value them? Evidence from a household survey and analysis of property values in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.” 16th Annual Alaska Forum on the Environment, Anchorage, AK, 2014.
  • “Preliminary results from a contingent valuation of Mat-Su residents’ preferences and values for: population growth, job sectors, recreation, and conservation.” 6th Annual Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, Palmer, AK, 2014.
  • “Harnessing Wind Resources to Achieve Energy Independence and Economic Development in Isolated Rural Communities: A Financial Simulation Model.” American Association of Energy Economists, Anchorage, AK, 2013.

See also:

Curriculum Vitae: Tobias Schwoerer’s Vita (PDF, 197KB)

Personal Website