Associate Professor, Earth System Science & Policy
- Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, Valuation of Ecosystem Services, Natural Resources Use
As an Environmental Economist, Dr. Zheng’s research interests are studying individual’s economic decision-making on natural resources use and management, and their consequences on the environment and society. Her research builds on the traditional micro-economic and valuation theories, but emphasizes more on applying economics tools (i.e. equilibrium model simulation, econometrics, benefit cost analysis, ecosystem services valuation) to quantitatively analyze environmental issues and support policymaking. With interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Zheng has developed a research theme that allows her to cross the traditional economics boundary and collaborate with scientists in various fields to study the integrated human-natural system with a focus on economic decision-making of natural resources, in particular land and water. Dr. Zheng has led multiple research projects funded by various federal and state agencies including USDA, NSF, NASA, and ND State. Her recent research topics include, but not limited to, land use and land management, water sustainability (quantity and quality), flood mitigation, and provision and valuation of ecosystem services, in particular, pollination services.
ESSP 562: Environmental Economics and Management (Graduate)
ESSP 506: Ecosystem Services: Valuing Nature in a Market Society (Graduate)
ESSP 450: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Undergraduate)
Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, Valuation of Ecosystem Services, Natural Resources Use, Land Use and Management, Pollination Services
Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, U.S.
M.A., Economics, Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan
B.A., International Economics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China