Kling named 2014 AERE Fellow

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Catherine Kling received a 2014 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Fellow Award on June 4, 2015 at the AERE Summer Conference held at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California. An AERE Fellow Award is the highest honor presented by the association to recognize individuals:

Catherine L. Kling has made substantial and continuous contributions to the advancement of environmental economics, both through her research discoveries in several distinct areas of agricultural, natural resource and environmental economics and through her selfless and dedicated service to the profession. Cathy has contributed broadly to the theory and practice of nonmarket valuation and to recreation demand modeling in particular. Her research is characterized by careful attention to the implications of microeconomic theory regarding what can (and cannot) be learned about consumer preferences for public goods from their limited footprints in the marketplace.

Cathy has also made significant contributions to our understanding of the interaction between agricultural and environmental policy. Her ongoing activities around Gulf hypoxia exemplify her ability to blend top quality research, service and policy impact. Her service on EPA’s Hypoxia Advisory Panel (2006-2008) both informed and was informed by her research program. Related research co-authored with Cathy’s graduate students, post-docs and the interdisciplinary team she has built, has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, European Review of Agricultural. Economics, Ecological Applications, and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. The breadth of these outlets is indicative of both the value Cathy places on reaching different audiences and her status as one of the most effective environmental economists in trans-disciplinary activities that our field has. This status was confirmed by her recent election to the National Academy of Sciences.

Cathy Kling has contributed substantially to the public good by her tireless support of AERE activities and of the economics profession more broadly. She has served as both President and Vice-President of the Association, as well as on AERE’s Board of Directors. Cathy has also taken on key roles in the policy arena, serving on the U.S. EPAs Science Advisory Board and a wide range of National Research Council committees. Last, but not least, Cathy puts a tremendous amount of time and energy into mentoring graduate students and young faculty in the profession.

(Released June 2015)