Kimberly Rollins


Kim Rollins portrait

Center for Resource Economics
For more information, see Economics, Society and Natural Resources

Department of Economics/Mail Stop 0204
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557
Tel: (775) 784-1677
Office: Ansari Business, 521D

Biographical Information:


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

  • Dean's Research Professor, 2014-17
  • Editor's Choice from the Journal of Applied Ecology for the article "A Systems Approach for Restoring Degraded Rangelands" 50(3): 730-739.
  • 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."
  • Seven national MS thesis & PhD dissertation awards won by graduate students supervised.
  • 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".

Representative Publications (since 2010)

  • Christman, L. and K. Rollins. 2015. "The Expected Value of Wildfire-potential Information:  A Location-Allocation Problem for Fire Suppression Resources", International Journal of Wildland Fire.
  • Taylor, M.H., A. J. Sanchez-Meador, Y. Kim, K.  Rollins and H. Will.  2015. The Economics of Ecological Restoration and Hazardous Fuel Reduction Treatments in the Ponderosa Pine Forest Ecosystem.  Forthcoming in Forest Science.
  • Evans, M.D.R. and K. Rollins. 2015. The social psychology of outdoor recreation lifestyles: dimensions, determinants and implications.  Environmental Economics, 6 (2): 123-136.
  • Eiswerth, M., R. Epanchin-Niell, K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor.  2015. "Economic Modeling and the Management of Brome Grasses: Accounting for Ecosystem Dynamics, Ecological Thresholds, and Spatial Interdependencies," Chapter in the book, "Exotic Brome Grasses in Semi-Arid Ecosystems of the Western US:  Assessing Current and Future Invasions, Impacts, and Management Alternatives," Edited by Matt Germino, Cini Brown, and Jeanne Chambers.  Springer (New York).
  • Kobayashi, M., K. Rollins, and M.H. Taylor. (2014). "Optimal Livestock Management on Sagebrush Rangeland with Ecological Thresholds, Wildfire, and Invasive Plants", Land Economics 90 (4): 623-648.
  • Weltz, M.A., K. Spaeth, M. Taylor, K. Rollins, F. Pierson, L. Jolley, M. Nearing, and S.K. Nouwakpo. 2014. Cheatgrass Invasion and Woody Species Encroachment in the Great Basin: Benefit of Conservation. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 69(2): 39A-44A.  doi:10.2489/jswc.69.2.39A.
  • McIver, J., Brunson, M., Bunting, S., Chambers, J., Doescher, P., Grace, J., Hulet, A., Johnson, D., Knick, S., Miller, R., Pellant, M., Pierson, F., Pyke, D., Rau, B., Rollins, K., Roundy, B., Schupp, E., Tausch, R., Williams. 2014.  "A Synopsis of Short-Term Response to Alternative Restoration Treatments in Sagebrush-Steppe: The SageSTEP Project," J. Rangeland Ecology & Management 09/2014; 67(5):584-598.
  • James, J.J., R. Sheley, T. Erickson, K. Rollins, M.H. Taylor, J. Aronson, and K.W. Dixon. (2013). "A systems approach to restoring degraded drylands", Applied Ecology 50(3): 730-739.
  • Taylor, M., K. Rollins, M. Kobayashi, and R. Tausch. (2013). "The Economics of Fuel Management: Wildfire, Invasive Plants, and the Evolution of Sagebrush Rangelands in the Western United States", Journal of Environmental Management 126: 157-173.
  • 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. and K. Rollins. (2012). "Using Ecological Models to Coordinate Valuation of Ecological Change on Western Rangelands for ex post Application to Policy Analysis", Western Economics Forum 11(1): 13-21.
  • 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", Environmental Economics 3(3): 108-121.
  • Kobayashi, M., K. Rollins, and M.D.R. Evans. (2010). "Sensitivity of WTP Estimates to Definition of ‘Yes’: Reinterpreting Expressed Response Intensity", Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39(1): 37-55.

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