Katherine Y. Zipp
I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE) at Penn State. I am co-funded by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE). My research centers on the interplay of economic choices and processes with patterns of land cover/land use over space and time, and the resultant effects on environmental conditions. The spatial configuration of land cover/land use is a major factor in leading contemporary environmental issues including climate change, habitat destruction, and water pollution. Land-use policies are therefore a key component of comprehensive environmental policies. Land-use policies require close attention to how economic decisions are driving, and being driven by, land cover/land use changes. My scholarship has addressed this interplay through projects focusing on three significant environmental topics: (1) open-space amenities; (2) landscape-related environmental risks such as floods, wildfires, and the spread of invasive species; and (3) water quality and biofuel production.
VitaeDownload My Vitae as a PDF
The spatial configuration of land cover/land use is of fundamental importance to environmental conditions, both amenities (e.g. scenic values, recreational benefits, housing quality), and dis-amenities (e.g. water pollution, habitat destruction through the spread of invasive species, natural disaster risks). My research develops models that integrate economic and natural process to explain economic-environmental interactions mediated dynamically through land cover/land use. Three specific areas of application that I have pursued in my research are: (1) open-space conservation, (2) landscape-related environmental risks such as floods, wildfires, and the spread of invasive species, and (3) agricultural cropping decisions and adoption best management practices.
Shr, Y-H and K.Y. Zipp (2019) "The Aftermath of Flood Zone Remapping: The Asymmetric Impact of Flood Maps on Housing Prices" Land Economics 95(2).
Zipp, K.Y., D. J. Lewis, B. Provencher, and M.J. Vander Zanden (2019) "The Spatial Dynamics of the Economic Impacts of an Aquatic Invasive Species: An Empirical Analysis" Land Economics 95(1): 1-18.
Jiang, W., K.Y. Zipp, and M. Jacobson (2018) "Economic Assessment of Landowners’ Willingness to Supply Energy Crops on Marginal Lands in the Northeastern of the United States." Biomass and Bioenergy 113: 22-30.
Zipp, K.Y., D. J. Lewis, and B. Provencher (2017) "Does the conservation of land reduce development? An econometric-based landscape simulation with land market feedbacks" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 81: 19-37.
Shortle, J., D. Abler, Z. Kaufman, and K.Y. Zipp (2016) "Simple vs. Complex: Implications of Lags in Pollution Delivery for Efficient Load Allocation and Design of Water-quality Trading Programs" Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 45(2):367–393.
Jiang, W., K.Y. Zipp, M. Langholtz, and M. Jacobson "Modeling Spatial Dependence and Hot Spots in Landowners’ Willingness to Supply Bioenergy Crops in Northeast of the United States." (Revise and Resubmit).
Li, X. and K.Y. Zipp "Dynamics and Uncertainty in Land-Use Conversion for Perennial Energy Crop Production: Exploring Effects of Payments for Ecosystem Services Policies" (Revise and Resubmit).
Rice, W.L, B.D. Taff, P.B. Newman, Z.D. Miller, A.L. D'Antonio, J.T. Baker, C. Monz, J.N. Newton, and K.Y. Zipp "Grand Expectations: Understanding Outcome Interference in Grand Teton National Park." (Revise and Resubmit).
Zipp, K.Y., L. Zikatanov, Y. Wu, and K. Wu "Optimal management to minimize the damages caused by aquatic invasive species." (Under Review).
Jiang, W., H. Fu, M. G. Jacobson, K. Y. Zipp, and J. Jin "The Impact of Biomass Crop Assistance Program on the United States Forest Product Market: An Application of Global Forest Product Model" (Revise and Resubmit).
Jiang, W., M. Jacobson, A. Kemanian, M. Langholtz, F. Montes, K. Y. Zipp, X. Liang, and J. Jin "A Case Study Defining Economically Marginal Land for Energy Crop Production" (Under Review).
Colby, S. and K.Y. Zipp "Floodplain Housing Stock Dynamics" (Under Review).
Zipp, K.Y. and Y-H. Shr "Feeling the Burn: The Optimal Timing of Prescribed Fires for Recreational Benefits." (Working Paper)
Zipp, K.Y. "The Net Effects of Open-Space Conservation on Ecosystem Services" (Working Paper)
Co-PI "Advancing High Priority, Objectives, Strategies and Actions Identified in the Pennsylvania Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan" U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. $797,949. [Press release] (https://news.psu.edu/story/529390/2018/07/27/impact/pennsylvania-sea-grant-receives-800000-combat-invasive-species).
Co-PI "Flexible Buffer Systems: Enhancing Ecosystem Services and Expanding Agricultural Options in Riparian Areas." USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2019 $499,500. Press release.
PI "Analysis of Ecosystem service valuation and policy design of water quality improvements associated with perennial grasses and cover crops.” USDT Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels, ASCENT. 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017 $200,000.
Co-PI "Firescapes in the mid-Atlantic: Mismatches between social perceptions and prescribed fire use." USDI Joint Fire Sciences Program. 08/01/2016 - 07/31/2019 $326,646. Project website. Funders website.
PI "Analysis of Ecosystem service valuation and policy design of water quality improvements associated with perennial grasses and cover crops.” USDT Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels, ASCENT. 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2016 $80,000.
Co-PI "Pennsylvania Natural Resources Leadership Program Pilot Project” AESE Strategic Initiatives Funding. 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2015 $5,850.
-CED 309: Land Use Dynamics
-CED 429: Natural Resource Economics
-EEFE 541: Resource and Environmental Economics II