SER seminar series 


Dr Lisa Wainger presents ‘Choosing efficient treatment options for invasive grasses using a risk-based economic optimisation model (Cheatgrass in western US rangelands)’, on Friday 12 October from 1pm to 2pm.

With colleagues at Resources for the Future and the University of Maryland, Dr Wainger has developed a framework for quantifying ecosystem functions and services that is consistent with economic concepts of social benefits.

She has applied the framework, primarily within decision support tools, to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of environmental restoration, the benefits of invasive species management, the equivalency of nutrient and wetland trades, and the effects of ecosystem service loss on regional economies.

Dr Lisa Wainger has over 15 years experience developing integrated ecological and economic analysis tools that are used to communicate changes in ecological conditions in terms of socio-economic impacts and works to improve management of invasive species.

She is currently a research associate professor at the Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland. Dr Wainger received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in an interdisciplinary program in which she combined landscape ecology and environmental economics. She has been a leading advocate of an ecosystem services approach to valuing and managing natural resources.

Find more about past and present SER seminars from the school website.

This seminar takes place in room 1, building 22 (22.01), Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University.