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Dana Marie Bauer

Assistant Professor
Department of Earth and Environment
Boston University
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-7555
Fax:     617-353-8399
E-mail: bauer@bu.edu

Courses Taught:

  • GE540 -- Ecosystem Services [syllabus]
  • GE550 -- Modeling Environmental and Social Systems [syllabus]
  • GE375 -- Introduction to Quantitative Environmental Modeling [syllabus]
  • GE460/660 -- Resource Economics and Policy [syllabus]
  • Current Research:

    Woodland Deer Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans derive from nature. Many of these services are critical for human survival. My research applies economic and ecological theory towards the assessment of ecosystem services and the analysis of those policies and programs that aim to protect them. I use a variety of data analysis and simulation modeling techniques that integrate ecology and economics to better understand how human behavior influences and is influenced by natural ecosystems. Results from my research inform natural resource users, managers, and policy makers of the direct and indirect benefits arising from natural systems and elucidate the potential tradeoffs among multiple ecosystem services and between ecosystem services and marketed goods. My current research extends across two broad areas: (1) conservation and management of ecosystem services within regions experiencing urbanization pressures, and (2) conservation and management of ecosystem services provided to agriculture by mobile organisms (e.g., birds, bats, and bees).

    Ecosystem Services in Urbanizing Areas

    Blue Heron My first broad area of research investigates the economic value of ecosystem services provided by wetlands and other terrestrial open spaces and analyzes the effectiveness of various policies in conserving these resources. In particular, my research assesses the cost-effectiveness of wetland and other land-use regulations for conserving wetland species (e.g., amphibians) that act as indicators for healthy wetland ecosystems. Conservation difficulties are encountered because many wetlands are small, temporary features (e.g., vernal pools) that individually are insignificant but en masse provide substantial benefits. My research shows that because ecological structure and function extend beyond the physical boundaries of wetlands into and across the terrestrial upland matrix, it becomes necessary to provide some level of protection to these intervening lands. Highlights include:

    Ecosystem Services Provided by Mobile Organisms

    Honey Bee My second broad area of research investigates the unique contribution of ecosystem services provided by mobile organisms (e.g., pollination and pest control) as inputs to the agricultural production process. Widespread habitat destruction and agricultural intensification have resulted in declines in the populations of many wild species including pollinators and natural enemies, raising concerns regarding potential risks to global food security. These ecosystem services are particularly interesting because they involve rival but non-exclusive spatial spillovers in that farmers are not able to prevent the organisms from leaving their property and, thus, are not able to fully capture the benefits of on-farm management activities (e.g., restoring natural habitat). This creates an incentive for farmers to under-supply these services on their own land. My research improves our understanding of the magnitude of this market failure and what portion of that market failure may be “internalized” by conservation policies and programs. My research in this area is occurring at two different, but linked, scales of analysis: (1) a macroeconomic analysis of the impacts of potential pollinator declines on global crop production and trade, and (2) microeconomic analyses of individual grower decision making that incorporates the spatial aspects of ecosystem services provided through on-farm and off-farm natural areas, as well as the substitutability of purchased inputs (e.g., managed insects). Highlights include: Forest Stream

    Working Papers/Manuscripts in Review:

  • Bauer, D.M., and I. Sue Wing. The macroeconomic cost of catastrophic pollinator declines. [pdf]

  • Bauer, D.M., S.K. Swallow, P. Liu, and R.J. Johnston. Do exurban communities want more development? [pdf]

  • Baldwin, J.G., M.L. Mann, D.M. Bauer, and M.M. Nomack. The response of developing island economies to coral bleaching events. [pdf]

  • Publications:

  • Bauer, D.M. 2014. Valuation of pollination services: a comparison of approaches. In Ninan, K.N., ed. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Methodological Issues and Case Studies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. forthcoming.

  • Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, D.M. Bauer, E. Uchida, and C.M. Anderson. 2014. Connecting ecosystem services to land use: implications for valuation and policy. In Duke, J.M., and J.Wu, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. forthcoming.

  • Mann, M.L., R.K. Kaufmann, D.M. Bauer, S. Gopal, M. Nomack, J.Y. Womack, K. Sullivan, and B.S. Soares-Filho. 2014. Pasture conversion and competitive land rents in the Amazon. Ecological Economics 97: 182-190

  • Bauer, D.M., and S.K. Swallow. 2013. Conserving metapopulations in human-altered landscapes at the urban-rural fringe. Ecological Economics 95:159-170.

  • Bauer, D.M., and R.J. Johnston. 2013. The economics of rural and agricultural ecosystem services: purism versus practicality. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 42(1):iii-xv.

  • Nalepa, R.A., and D.M. Bauer. 2012. Marginal lands: the role of remote sensing in constructing landscapes for agrofuel development. Journal of Peasant Studies 39(2):403-422.

  • Mann, M.L., R.K. Kaufmann, D.M. Bauer, S. Gopal, J.G. Baldwin, and M. Vera-Diaz. 2012. Ecosystem service value and agricultural conversin in the Amazon: implications for policy intervention. Environmental and Resource Economics 53:279-295.

  • Kunz, T.H., E. Braun de Torrez, D.M Bauer, T.A. Lobova, and T.H. Fleming. 2011. Ecosystem services provided by bats. The Year in Ecology and Conservation, R.A. Ostfeld and W.H. Schlesinger, eds. Special issue, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1223:1-38.

  • Bauer, D.M., and I. Sue Wing. 2010. Economic consequences of pollinator declines: A synthesis. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39:368-383.

  • Mann, M.L., R.K. Kaufmann, D. Bauer, S. Gopal, M.D.C. Vera-Diaz, D. Nepstad, F. Merry, J. Kallay, G.S. Amacher. 2010. The economics of cropland conversion in Amazonia: the importance of agricultural rent. Ecological Economics 69:1503-1509.

  • Bauer, D.M., P.W.C. Paton, and S.K. Swallow. 2010. Are wetland regulations cost-effective for species protection? A case study of amphibian metapopulations. Ecological Applications 20(3):798-815.

  • Bauer, D.M., S.K. Swallow, and P.W.C. Paton. 2010. Cost-effective conservation of wetland species in exurban communities: a spatial analysis. Resource and Energy Economics 32:180-202.

  • Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, D.M. Bauer, and L.D. Philo. 2006. Support for conservation policies and values for conservation: are they related? Chapter 12 in Johnston, R.J. and S.K. Swallow, eds. Economics and Contemporary Land-Use Policy: Development and Conservation at the Rural-Urban Fringe. Washington, DC: RFF Press.

  • Bauer, D.M., N.A. Cyr, and S.K. Swallow. 2004. Public preferences for compensatory mitigation of salt marsh losses: a contingent choice of alternatives. Conservation Biology 18(2): 401-411.

  • Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, D.M. Bauer, and C.M. Anderson. 2003. Preferences for residential development attributes and support for the policy process: implications for management and conservation of rural landscapes. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 32(1): 65-82.

  • Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, T.J. Tyrrell, and D.M. Bauer. 2003. Rural amenity values and length of residency. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 85(4): 1009-1024.

  • Johnston, R.J., S.K. Swallow, and D.M. Bauer. 2002. Spatial factors and stated preference values for public goods: considerations for rural land development. Land Economics 78(4): 481-500.