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Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D.

Jeffrey M. Peterson is the Director of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center, a partnership of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Position:

  • Director, Water Resources Center

Institution:

  • University of Minnesota

https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

Bio:

Jeffrey M. Peterson is the Director of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center, a partnership of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension. As Director, he provides overall leadership for the center’s outreach, teaching, and research activities involving faculty and students across the university. He also holds a faculty appointment as a professor in the Department of Applied Economics. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University in agricultural and resource economics. Prior to coming to Minnesota he held a faculty position in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University for 15 years, where he was Director of Graduate Studies from 2014 to 2015. He is the recipient of national awards for his research on environmental policy analysis, focusing on water use and water quality impacts from agriculture.

Relevant Publications:

Peterson, J. M., & Ding, Y. (2005). Economic Adjustments to Groundwater Depletion in the High Plains: Do Water-Saving Irrigation Systems Save Water? American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 87(1), 147–159. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0002-9092.2005.00708.x 

Caldas, M. M., Bergtold, J. S., Peterson, J. M., Graves, R. W., Earnhart, D., Gong, S., … Brown, J. C. (2014). Factors affecting farmers’ willingness to grow alternative biofuel feedstocks across Kansas. Biomass and Bioenergy, 66, 223–231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.04.009 

Ding, Y., & Peterson, J. M. (2012). Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Water Conservation Policies in a Depleting Aquifer: A Dynamic Analysis of the Kansas High Plains. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 44(2), 223–234. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1074070800000286 

Peterson, J. M., & Boisvert, R. N. (2001). Control of Nonpoint Source Pollution Through Voluntary Incentive-Based Policies: An Application to Nitrate Contamination in New York. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 30(2), 127–138. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1068280500001076

Quintana Ashwell, N. E., & Peterson, J. M. (2016). The Impact of Irrigation Capital Subsidies on Common-Pool Groundwater Use and Depletion: Results for Western Kansas. Water Economics and Policy, 2(3), 1550004. https://doi.org/10.1142/s2382624x15500046 

Contact Info:

+1 612 624 9282

jmpeter@umn.edu

https://www.wrc.umn.edu/about-us/staff/jeffrey-peterson

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