I am a natural resource and environmental economist working predominantly on applied research at the interface between agriculture and the environment. The majority of my research is motivated by science-based decision making and public policy, and is interdisciplinary in nature. I have a strong interest in the economics of climate change, ecosystem services, information economics, choice modeling and economic management of spatial-dynamic processes in the environment.

I currently (2020 - ) serve as the Director of Graduate Recruiting & Admissions in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at UIUC. I teach undergraduate environmental economics and graduate natural resource economics.

Published open source data sets for researchers (please cite our DOI if using the data):

R Packages developed by Bowen Chen in the Gramig Lab that may be of interest to agro-environmental researchers:

  • Use the CropScapeR package to access the USDA's Cropland Data Layer (CDL) data for user-defined areas of interest and calculate crop rotations and land use changes over time

  • Use the rarms package to access aggregate summary statistics from the USDA Ag Resource Management Survey (ARMS) using their API. https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rarms/index.html

Decision Support Tool links for U.S. Corn Belt farmers and farm advisers: