Kevin BerryAssistant Professor of Economics
University of Alaska Anchorage
Dr Berry's research is focused on how people respond to environmental risk, including how they adapt to (reduce the damages associated with) and prevent (reduce the probability of) costly events. Before taking a tenure track position at the University of Alaska Anchorage he was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies studying how people adapt in response to infectious disease and make land-use decisions when faced with the risk of catastrophic locust outbreaks. His work has incorporated how individuals can manage natural resources to mitigate risk by capturing ecosystem services. For example this can include managing native species to reduce the expected cost of invasive species, or how individuals change their recreation decisions to reduce the risk of infectious disease as vector species expand into new locales. He is currently expanding this work to examine how fisheries managers can mitigate environmental risk by combining ecology and economics, and examining how fisheries in Alaska can preemptively adapt to aquatic invasive species, ocean acidification, and climate change.
Invasive Alien Species assessment-Fellow