Center for Resource Economics
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 25
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557
Tel: (775) 784-1677
Office: Ansari Business, AB 407B
B.A. University of Maine, Orono Maine, 1981
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1990
Academic and Research Interest
My research and teaching interests are in the areas of Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. I have worked on problems associated with allocation of public goods, mechanisms to align social and private incentives, and non-market valuation. Applied work has provided opportunities to work with ecologists and other natural scientists, policy-makers, resource managers and others working in fields related to natural resources and environment. Some of these applications include: Invasive annual grasses and wildfire, valuation of environmental goods and services, landowner and wildlife conflicts, protected areas in the Northwest Territories, backcountry canoeing in Ontario, Aboriginal fishery management on the Great Lakes, optimal incentives for private users of public forests, management of parks and protected areas, green consumer products, groundwater protection, and municipal water system financing.
- ECON 307 Environmental Economics
- ECON 309 Natural Resource Economics
- ECON 467 Environmental and Natural Res. Econ. & Policy General Capstone
- ECON 667 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Policy
- ECON 769 Natural Resource Economics
- ECON 767 Environmental Economics
Awards, Honors and Professional Recognition
- Outstanding Agricultural Economics Dissertation, Awarded by the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) in August 1991 for "Agriculture and Wildlife: From Principal-Agent Theory to a Wisconsin Economic Policy".
- Best Journal Article Honorable Mention, Awarded by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Association, July 1998 for Rollins, Kimberly, William Wistowsky and Michael Jay, "Wilderness Canoeing in Ontario: Using Cumulative Results to Update Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Offer Amounts."
National and International Honors Awarded to Graduate Student Supervisees
- Outstanding Master's Thesis Award - Jeremy Brown, for his thesis "Value of Weather Services produced by Environment Canada's Meteorological Services," by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management Society, 2003.
- Outstanding Master's Thesis Award - Lori Heigh, for her thesis "Landowners preferences and tolerance thresholds for wildlife damage on private lands" by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management Society, 2002.
- Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Honourable Mention - Anne Huennemeyer, for her dissertation "Habitat Procurement under Asymetric Information: Optimal Incentives for Biological Diversity Preservation in Ontario Crown Forests," by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management Society, 2002.
- Outstanding Masters Thesis Award - Alexandra Beckett, for her thesis "Green Consumerism, Perception versus Reality: The Case of Apple Juice," by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management, 1999.
- Outstanding Masters Thesis Award - Caroline Gunning-Trant, for her thesis "Measuring the Existence Values of National Parks in the Northwest Territories" by the American Agricultural Economics Association, 1997.
- Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Honourable Mention - The Gunning-Trant thesis was also awarded Honourable Mention by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management Society, 1997.
- Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Honourable Mention - William Wistowsky, for his thesis, "Benefits of Backcountry Canoeing in Ontario Wilderness Parks" by the Canadian Agricultural and Farm Management Society, 1995.
- James, J.J., R. Sheley, T. Erickson, K. Rollins, M.H. Taylor, J. Aronson, and K.W. Dixon. 2012. "A systems approach to restoring degraded drylands." In review.
- Christman, L., and K. Rollins. 2012. The Expected Value of Wildfire-potential Information: A Location-Allocation Problem for Fire Suppression Resources. Being revised to resubmit.
- Kobayashi, M., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. 2012. Optimal Livestock Management on Sagebrush Rangeland with Ecological Thresholds, Wildfire, and Invasive Plants. Being revised to resubmit to Land Economics.
- Taylor, M, K. Rollins, M. Kobayashi and R. Tausch. 2012. The Economics of Fuel Management: Wildfire, Invasive Plants, and the Evolution of Sagebrush Rangelands in the Western United States. Revised and resubmitted to Journal of Environmental Management.
- Taylor, M. and K. Rollins. 2012. The Economics of Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management on High Desert Rangelands, Rangelands 34(6): 48-52.
- Taylor, M, K. Rollins. (2012). Using Ecological Models to Coordinate Valuation of Ecological Change on Western Rangelands for ex post Application to Policy Analysis. In revision at Western Economics Forum.
- Kobayashi, M, K. Moeltner and K. Rollins. (2012). Latent Threshold Analysis of Choice Data with Multiple Bids and Response Options, American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94 (1): 189-208.
- Evans, M.D.R., K. Rollins and L. Christman. (2012) The Frying Pan or the Fire: Public Attitudes about Using Herbicides to Manage Invasive Weeds. Forthcoming in Environmental Economics.
- Mimako Kobayashi, Kimberly Rollins, M.D.R. Evans 2010, Sensitivity of WTP Estimates to Definition of ‘Yes’: Reinterpreting Expressed Response Intensity, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39/1 (February 2010) 37-55.
- Kimberly Rollins, Diana Dumitras and Anita Castledine 2008, An Analysis of Congestion Effects Across and Within Multiple Recreation Activities, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Volume 56, Issue 1 (p 95-116).
- Margaret Insley and Kimberly Rollins 2005, On Solving the Multirotational Timber Harvesting Problem with Stochastic Prices: A Linear Complementarity Formulation, Amer. J. Agr. Econ. 87(3) (August 2005): 735–755.
- Rollins, Kimberly and Diana Elena Dumitras 2005, Estimation of Median Willingness to pay for a system of recreation areas, International Review of Public and Non Profit Marketing, vol. 2, no 1 (June 2005), pp. 73-84.
- Kimberly Rollins, Lori Heigh, and Vinay Kanetkar 2004, Net Costs of Wildlife Damage on Private Lands, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 29(3):5 17-536.
- Boxall, Peter, Kimberly Rollins and Jeffery Englin 2003, Heterogeneous Preferences for Wilderness Congestion, Resource and Energy Economics vol. 25 no. 2:177 – 195, May, 2003.
- Rollins, Kimberly and Joseph Shaykewich 2003, Using Willingness-to-pay to assess the economic value of weather forecasts for multiple commercial sectors, Meteorological Applications vol 10, no. 1: 30-38.
- Jeremy Heigh, Glenn Fox, Daniel McKenney, Kimberly Rollins 2003, The economic impact of the 1998 ice storm on eastern Ontario woodlots: Case studies of red pine and white cedar, Forestry Chronicle vol. 79, no. 1: 31-44.
- Gordon, A. M., D. Larson, R. McBride, G. Lumis, K. Rollins, and S. Humphries 2002, Learning about the forest using alternative curricula – the Guelph Experience, Forestry Chronicle vol. 78, no. 3:1-7, 2002.
- Kidon, Jenifer, Glen Fox, Dan McKenney and Kimberly Rollins 2002, An enterprise-level economic analysis of losses and financial assistance for eastern Ontario maple syrup producers from the 1998 ice storm, Forest Policy and Economics, Vol. 4 (3): 201-211.
- Kidon, Jenifer, Glen Fox, Dan McKenney and Kimberly Rollins 2001, Economic Impact of the 1998 Ice Storm on the Eastern Ontario Maple Syrup Industry, Forestry Chronicle, Vol. 77, No. 4, 2001
- Dyack, Brenda, K. Rollins and A. Gordon 1999, A model to calculate ex ante the threshold value of interaction effects necessary for proposed intercropping projects to be feasible to the landowner and desirable to society, Agroforestry Systems 44:197-214.
- Kimberly Rollins and Audrey Lyke 1998, The Case for Diminishing Marginal Existence Values Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 36, 324-344 (1998).
- Rollins, Kimberly, William Wistowsky 1997, Benefits of Backcountry Canoeing in Ontario Wilderness Parks, Journal of Applied Recreation Research, Vol. 22, No.1, 9-31, 1997
- Rollins, Kimberly, Jim Frehs, Don Tate and Oswald Zachariah 1997, Resource Valuation and Public Policy: The Case of Water Pricing, Canadian Water Resources Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, 185-195
- Rollins, Kimberly, William Wistowsky and Michael Jay 1997, Wilderness Canoeing in Ontario: Using Cumulative Results to Update Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Offer Amounts, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 45, 1-16.
- Kimberly Rollins and Hugh Briggs 1996, Moral Hazard, Externalities and Compensation for Crop Damages from Wildlife, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 31, 368-386 (1996).
- Rollins, Kimberly, Margaret Forsyth, Samuel Bonti-Ankomah, and Ben Amoah 1995, Economic Analysis of a White Pine Improvement Cut, Forestry Chronicle, Vol. 71, No. 4, pp.466-472
- Taylor, M.H, K. Rollins, M. Kobayashi and R. Tausch 2011. "The Economics of Fuel Management: Wildfire, Invasive Species, and the Evolution of Sagebrush Rangelands in the Western United States," UNR Joint Economics Working Paper Series, WP 11-002.
- Kobayashi,M., K. Moeltner and K. Rollins 2010, Latent Threshold Analysis of Choice Data with Multiple Bids and Response Options, UNR Joint Economics Working Paper Series, Working Paper No. 10-001.
- Rollins, K., M.D.R. Evans, M. Kobayashi and A. Castledine 2010, Willingness to Pay Estimation When Protest Beliefs are not Separable from the Public Good Definition, UNR Joint Economics Working Paper Series Working Paper No. 10-002.
- Mimako Kobayashi and Kimberly Rollins 2009, Invasive Weeds, Wildfire, and Rancher Decision Making in the Great Basin, UNR Joint Economics Working Paper Series Working Paper No. 09-004.
- Rollins, Kimberly, Michael Taylor, Mimako Kobayashi, and Robin Tausch. 2012. "The economics of fuel management: Wildfire, invasive plants, and the evolution of sagebrush rangelands in the Western United States," selected paper presented at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, August, 2012.
- Rollins, Kimberly, Michael Taylor, Mimako Kobayashi, and Robin Tausch. 2012. "The economics of fuel management: Wildfire, invasive plants, and the evolution of sagebrush rangelands in the Western United States," selected paper presented at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 19th Annual Conference, 27-30 June 2012, Prague, Czech Republic.
- Rollins, K., M.H. Taylor and M. Kobayashi (2011) "Incorporating Ecological Thresholds in the Modeling of Economic Decision Making on Semi-Arid Rangelands." Selected Paper presented at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Inaugural Annual Summer Conference, June 9-10, Seattle, WA.
- Kimberly Rollins, Mimako Kobayashi 2010, Embedding a Field Experiment in Contingent Valuation to Measure Context-Dependent Risk Preferences: An Application to Wildfire Risk, Selected Paper 11142, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado. 33 pages.
- Mimako Kobayashi, Thomas Harris, Kimberly Rollins 2010, Invasive Weeds, Wildfire, and Rancher Decision Making in the Great Basin, Selected Paper 613121, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association>2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 23 pp.
- Mimako Kobayashi, Kimberly Rollins, Michael H. Taylor 2010, Ranching, Invasive Annual Grasses, and the External Costs of Wildfire in the Great Basin: A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach, Selected Paper 11955, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association>2010 Annual Meeting, July 25-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado. 39 pp.
- Kimberly Rollins, Lucrecia Rodriguez, Michael Price 2007, Using Bid Design to Measure the Boundaries of WTP, Selected Paper 175050, American Agricultural Economics Association>2007 Annual Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2007, Portland, Oregon. 17 pp.
- Rollins, Kimberly, Anita Castledine, Sherman Swanson, M.D.R. Evans, Kent McAdoo, Brad Schultz, Michael Havercamp and Robert Wilson 2007, The 2005 Nevada Rangeland Vegetation Survey General Public Questionnaire, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Special Publication 07-11, 48 pages.
- J McIver, M Brunson, S Bunting, J Chambers, N Devo, P Doescher, J Grace, D Johnson, S Knick, R. Miller, M Pellant, F Pierson, D. Pyke, K Rollins B Roundy, E Schupp, R Tausch, D Turner 2010, The Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP): A Test of State-and-Transition Theory, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-237. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 16 6.