Thematic Line Mathematical Modeling in Ecology, Genetic and Evolution Seminar - 25/11/2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, 1:15 p.m.

Lecturer: Renato Rosa,  CENSE—Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, FCT-UNL

Title: "Can we bridge the gap between ecology and economics in applied research? The cases of fisheries and forestry"

Local: Sala de Seminários, Edifício VII

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Quinta da Torre, Caparica

Abstract: Since the 1970’s economists have developed a well-established modelling literature for resource management. However, the economic discipline has not been so successful in playing an active role in the policy process. While this may be attributed to several factors, the use of oversimplified ecological foundations in economic models is at the center of this issue. Building upon a new generation of bio-economic models we attempt to fill this gap focusing on two specific cases. In the first we analyze non-industrial private forest owner’s management using a size class forest growth model, which is largely used in forest sciences. In the second, we study the optimal management of the Ibero-Atlantic-sardine stock applying an age-structured model. The latter serves as the basis for the Portuguese and Spanish management plan that is currently in practice. Our preliminary simulations reveal that such integration results in a more detailed analysis that provides relevant information for policy makers, highlighting thus the need to deepen the integration between these two scientific areas.



Renato Rosa graduated in Economics by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he also obtained his PhD degree in the specialization area of Environmental Economics. From 2008 to 2011 he worked at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, where he developed research in the integration of forestry, agriculture and land use topics into numerical macroeconomic models. He currently holds an Investigador FCT. His main research interests focus on renewable resources bio-economic modelling.