Tobias Schwörer

Senior Research Professional


Research: Energy and environment, non-market valuation, risk and decision analysis, ecosystem services, regional economic analysis

  • Ph.D. candidate, Bioeconomics and Decision Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2015 (exp. 2016)
  • M.S., Resource Management, Simon Fraser University, 2007
  • BA, Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2003

I've been working at ISER since 2001. My principal research interests are:

    • Applied economic analysis related to resource management
    • Human dimensions of sustainable systems
    • Economics of ecosystem services, including invasive species, tourism, and recreation.

My research explores inter-disciplinary topics. I frequently collaborate with natural scientists and resource managers to apply economic analysis for solving resource management issues. My quantitative research methods include consumer surveys, discrete choice modeling, simulation modeling, risk and decision analysis, Bayesian statistical analysis, and input-output modeling. For expert elicitation such as the quantification of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, I use cross-disciplinary methods including discrete choice experiments, in-depth interviews, and focus groups.

My current research includes quantitative risk analysis of an aquatic invasive plant with probabilistic expert elicitation and valuation of ecosystem services threatened by aquatic invasions.

In the past, I analyzed alternative energy options and collaborated with Alaska's remote rural communities on improving isolated utility systems. As a consulting economist, I used regional input-output models to measure the economic significance of Alaska's oil and gas, mining, and tourism industries, and analyzed the economic importance of Alaska's Native corporations.

Funding for my research has come from public and private organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund, and Alaska SeaGrant.

Selected Publications:
  • Schwörer, T., Knowler, D., and Garcia-Martinez, S. Forthcoming. The Value of Marine Species to Local Communities: A Case Study of Whale Watching in Baja, Mexico. Ecological Economics.
  • Schwörer, 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:
  • Schwörer, 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.
  • Schwörer, 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., Schwörer, 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.
Curriculum Vitae: Tobias Schwörer's Vita (PDF, 185KB)

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