Tracy Boyer

School of Freshwater Sciences


PhD, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 2003
MA, Public Affairs, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 1997
BA, International Relations, Stanford University, 1993

Research Interests

Dr. Tracy Boyer is a Professor and Environmental Economist at the School of Freshwater Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2018. She is currently working on examining recreational values in the Great Lakes and preferences for funding conservation and restoration of Great Lakes Parks and Areas of Concern. An environmental economist, Dr. Boyer was formerly an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University for 15 years. She holds a doctorate in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota focused on Environmental and Resource Economics and a Masters degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She conducts research in the areas of environmental and resource economics focusing on valuing water and water-based amenities, soil and water conservation, adaptation to climate change, and estimating market demand for food and agricultural products. She has extensive experience working with state, local, and federal natural resource agencies in water policy and teaching environmental and natural resource economics.

Recent and Selected Publications

Ge, Candi, Chung, Chanjin, Boyer, Tracy A., and Palma, Marco. 2020. Estimating Producers’ Preferences for Sod Attributes: A Combined Approach of Discrete Choice Experiments and Eye-tracking Technology. HortScience.

Price, James, Boyer, Tracy A. and Noodin, Margaret. 2020. Challenges and Opportunities for Nonmarket Valuation of Water Among the Anishinaabe Nations of the Great Lakes Basin. Solutions, Spring, 23-33

Tyner, Emily H. and Boyer, Tracy A. 2020.  Applying best-worst scaling to rank ecosystem and economic benefits of restoration and conservation in the Great Lakes. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol 225.

Ng’ombe, John N., Niyibizi, Bart, and Boyer, Tracy A. 2019. Regulating Earthquake Risk: Preferences for Trade-offs Between Economic Benefits and Regulation of Produced Wastewater Injection from Hydraulic Fracturing. J. of Environmental Planning and Management

Ng’ombe, John N. and Boyer, Tracy A. 2019. “Determinants of earthquake damage liability assignment in Oklahoma: A Bayesian Tobit censored approach.” Energy Policy. Vol 131: 33-42

Ghimire, Monika; Boyer, Tracy A.; and Chung, Chanjin. 2019. “Heterogeneity in Preferences for Turfgrass Attributes: A Latent Class Model.” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 38: 183-192.

Chung, Chanjin, Boyer, Tracy A., Ghimire, Monika, and Palma, Marco. 2018. Economic Impact of New Drought and Shade Tolerant Bermuda Cultivars on Five Southeastern US States. Hortechnology. 28(1):66-73  

Fox, Garey, Enlow, Holly, Boyer, Tracy A. Stoecker, Art, Storm Daniel E., Starks, Patrick and Guertault, Lucie. 2018A Modeling Framework for Evaluating Streambank Stabilization Practices for Reach-Scale Sediment Reduction. Environmental Modelling and Software. 100: 201-212.

Boyer, Tracy A., Tong, Benjamin., and Sanders, Larry D. 2017. Soil and Water Conservation Method Adoption in a Highly Erosive Watershed: The Case of Southwest Oklahoma’s Fort Cobb Watershed. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Ramli, Nurul. N, Epplin, Francis. and. Boyer. Tracy. A.. 2017Cost of Removing and Assembling Biomass from Rangeland Encroaching Eastern Redcedar Trees for Industrial Use.  Rangelands 39(6):187-197. doi: 10.1016/j.rala.2017.09.002

Melstrom, Richard T., Jayasekera, D. Harshanee, Boyer, Tracy A., and Jaeger, Corey. 2017. Scale Heterogeneity in Recreationists' Decision Making: Evidence from a Site Choice Model of Sport Fishing.” Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. 18:81-87.

Boyer, Tracy A., Melstrom, Richard.  and Sanders, Larry. D.. 2017. Effects of Climate Variation and Water Levels on Reservoir Recreation. Journal of Lakes and Reservoir Management. 3:223-233.

Tong, Benjamin, Boyer, Tracy A., and Larry.D. Sanders. 2017. Externalities, Profit, and Land Stewardship: Conflicting Motives for Soil and Water Conservation Adoption among Absentee Landowners and On-farm Producers. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 49(4): 491-513. Doi:10.1017/aae.2016.45

Boyer, Tracy A., Jayasekera, D. Harshanee, Moss, Justin Q. 2016. An Assessment of Oklahoma City Commercial Businesses’ Willingness to Adopt Irrigation Water Conservation Methods. HortTechnology, Vol. 26(6). 

Ghimire, Monika, Stoecker, Arthur, Boyer, Tracy A., Bhavsar, Hiren., and Vitale, Jeffrey.. 2016 An Integration of GIS and Simulation Models for a Cost Benefit Analysis of Irrigation Development. Sustainable Agriculture Research. 5 (4).

Ghimire, Monika, Boyer, Tracy A., Chung, Chanjin and Moss, Justin Q. 2016. Shares of Preferences for Turfgrass Attributes Using a Discrete Choice Experiment and the Best-Worst Method. HortScience. 51(7):892-898.

Boyer, Tracy A., Hopkins, Morgan and Moss, Justin Q. 2016. "Willingness to Pay for Water Reuse: A Case Study for Oklahoma.” Chapter 3.1.1. in J.R. Ziolkowska, J.M. Peterson, editors. Competition for Water Resources: Experiences and Management Approaches in the US and Europe. Elsevier: Cambridge, MA.

Ghimire, Monika,  Boyer, Tracy A., Chung, Chanjin, and Moss, Justin Q.  2015. Estimation of Residential Water Demand under Uniform Volumetric Water Pricing10: 1061. J. of Water Resource Planning and Management.

Boyer, Tracy A., Kanza, Patrick, Ghimire, Monika and Moss, Justin Q.. 2015. Household Adoption of Water Conservation and Resilience Under Drought: The Case of Oklahoma City Water Economics and Policy. Water Economics and Policy. 1(2).

Debnath, Deepayan., Boyer, Tracy A., Stoecker, Arthur., and Sanders, Larry D.. 2015 . Nonlinear Reservoir Optimization Model with Stochastic Inflows: Case Study of Lake Tenkiller.  J. Water Resources Planning and. Management. 141(1), 04014046. 

Environmental economics, water valuation, soil and water conservation, climate change adaptation