Gramig research group at UIUC, Thanksgiving 2019

None of my research would be possible without the help of my graduate students and my collaborators in other departments, disciplines and institutions.

Graduate Students who have worked in the Gramig "lab"

Current students, University of Illinois

Hsin-Chieh Hsieh (Ph.D.), 1/2018-present. Working on spatial analysis of water quality, weather and land use data for agricultural conservation policy evaluation.

Seojeong Oh (Ph.D.), 8/2018-present. Working on non-market valuation and water quality trading related to nutrient pollution abatement for NSF INFEWS project.

Menglin Liu (Ph.D.), 5/2020-present. Working on precision agriculture/variable rate technologies and environmental sustainability in production agriculture.

Former post-docs, University of Illinois

Bowen Chen, Ph.D. 8/2019-8/2020. Causal analysis of the impact of USDA-NRCS conservation programs/practices on on-farm benefits using USDA-ERS ARMS data. Placement (9/2020): Data scientist (trade economics), Bunge [www]

Former students, UIUC 2017-2021 and Purdue University 2008-2017

Chang Cai (Ph.D), 2020-2022. Essays on heterogeneity in outdoor recreation demand and climate change's impact on agriculture. Placement: Visitor Use Planning and Management Analyst, Otak.

Xiaoyang He (Ph.D.), 2016-2017 . Research assistant working on travel cost model of southern Lake Michigan anglers in Illinois and Indiana.

Molly Van Dop (M.S.), 2014-2016. Irrigation adoption, groundwater demand and policy in the U.S. Corn Belt, 2040-2070 [e-thesis]. Placement: PhD program, University of California-Berkeley, Ag and Resource Economics. [link]

Seong do Yun (Ph.D.), 2011-2015. Co-advised by Raymond Florax. Spatial analysis of ecosystem services, natural disasters and household location choice. Placement: Post-doc, School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Yale University. [link]

Sajeev E.M. (M.S.), 2009-2011 Ecological Science & Engineering and 2012-2014 Ag Economics. Climate change adaptation. Placement: PhD program, University of Graz, Austria. [link]

Shanxia Sun (Ph.D.) Modeling nitrogen fertilizer-soil-climate outcomes in maize-based cropping systems, 2014. [link]

Mengbo Wang (non-thesis M.S.), 2013-2014. Cost-effectiveness of alternative nitrogen reduction strategies in Henan Province, China. Placement: Smithfield Foods, VA, USA.

Jingyu Song (M.S.), 2012-2013. A Spatially Explicit Watershed Scale Optimization of Cellulosic Biofuels Production. Placement: PhD program, Purdue Ag Econ. [link]

Tianyun (Helen) Ji (M.S.), 2010-2012. The Economics of Cellulosic Biofuels: Farm to Fuel Cost Analysis of the Supply Chain. Placement: AGCO-China. [link]

Carson Reeling (M.S.), 2009-11. Using Carbon Offsets to Fund Agricultural Conservation Practices in a Working-Lands Setting. Placement: PhD program, Michigan State University. [link]

Jessa Becker Barnard (M.S.), 2009-11. An empirical analysis of climate change perceptions and conservation tillage practices of Indiana farmers. Placement: Adayana, Inc. [link]

Monique Fahie (M.S.), 2008-10. Cap-and-Trade Policy: The Influence on Investments in CO2 Reducing Technologies in Indiana. Placement: USDA-NRCS .

Photos of a few of my research teams

The "AgBMP" team (not all of us!) in July 2019
(Walton Family Foundation project)

Watershed Scale Optimization to Meet Sustainable Cellulosic Energy Crop Demands in the Midwest USA
(U.S. Dept. of Energy)

Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers USDA-NIFA, AFRI)

This amazing team received the USDA-NIFA 2015 Partnership Award for Mission Integration of Research, Education and Extension

[Last Updated 9/2020]