Center for Water and the Environment

Pete Tsournos

Professor of Economics

Research Interests 

Dr. Tsournos' fields of concentration include: environment and resource economics, regional economics, and industrial organization and regulatory economics. Since his arrival to Chico, Dr. Tsournos’ research has focused on water and renewable energy related work including the following studies:

  • Determinants of Land Use Conservation in the Sacramento River Corridor,
  • Economic Value of Recreation on the Sacramento River
  • Conservation and the Agricultural Landowner: Results of a Survey of Agricultural Landowners in the Sacramento River Corridor
  • Economic Value of Riparian Ecosystem Services: State of Knowledge and Implications for the Sacramento River Corridor
  • Economic Value of the Sacramento River to Freshwater Anglers: A Zonal Travel Cost Approach
  • Valuation of the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge
  • The Benefits and Costs of Supplemental Water Releases on the Feather River
  • An Analysis of the Bujagali Reservoir
  • An Economic and Financial Study
  • The Economic Impact on Plumas County of Alternative Northern Pike Eradication and Management Scenarios for Lake Davis
  • Energy Options for the City of Dorris and Butte Valley

Prior to coming to Chico, Dr. Tsournos was a Research Economist for the USDA-Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Sitka, Alaska. His primary area of research focused on applied microeconomic environmental and resource issues and policy in the State of Alaska, including forest product industry assessment, effects of environmental regulation on resource utilization, and sustainable growth and development paths of resource abundant and dependent communities. 

Research Areas

Economics, Energy, Water

Pete Tsournos

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