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TOBIAS SCHWÖRER
MAY 2016
CONTACT INFORMATION
University of Alaska Anchorage - Institute of Social and Economic Research
3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508, USA
Phone: +1 907 786 5404
[email protected]
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/people/schworer/
CURRENT POSITION
University of Alaska Anchorage
2009 – present: Senior Research Professional, Institute of Social and Economic Research
PREVIOUS POSITIONS
McDowell Group, Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, USA
2007 – 2009: Economist and Consultant
Simon Fraser University, School of Resources and Environmental Management, Burnaby,
British Columbia, Canada
2004 – 2007: Research Assistant, School of Resource and Environmental Management
2005 – 2006:
Teaching Assistant for Ecological Economics and Development Economics,
School of Resource and Environmental Management
University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, USA
2003 – 2004: Research Associate, Institute of Social and Economic Research
2001 – 2003: Research Assistant, Institute of Social and Economic Research
Kadus Haarkosmetik, Lenzkirch, Germany
1999:
Logistics assistant
German Federal Armed Forces, German Cross-country Skiing National Team, Germany
1995 – 1999: Staff Sergeant (Stabsunteroffizier)
1994 – 1995:
Private first class (Gefreiter)
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EDUCATION
Ph.D. ABD (exp. 08/16), University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Interdisciplinary Sciences with emphasis in bioeconomics and decision analysis
Thesis title: A risk and decision analysis for managing Elodea spp.: An applied integrated
bioeconomic approach for estimating risk to salmon in Alaska.
M.S., Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Resource Management with emphasis on ecological economics
Thesis title: The economic value of gray whales to local communities: A case study of the whale
watching industry in two communities in Baja, Mexico
B.A., University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Economics, Environmental Studies minor
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND CONTRACTS
2016 National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis / Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation: State of Alaska Salmon and People (SASAP) Synthesis
2016 Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Analysis and data collection related to the potential
distribution of aquatic invasive species via floatplanes across Alaska
2016 Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association: Incentive payments for questionnaire of private
floatplane pilots regarding distribution of invasive species
2014 Alaska SeaGrant: Coastal Resilience Research – An Expert and Community-supported
Decision Tool for Managing Marine Invasive Species
2014 The Nature Conservancy: Economic Geography of Salmon in the Mat-Su
2014 Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund: A Decision Analysis for Management of Elodea in
Alaska
2014 Intelligent Energy Services: Economic evaluation of electric thermal storage devices in
wind-diesel hybrid systems in rural Alaska: Utility cost structure survey, Analysis of cost and
benefits of battery storage
2013 Intelligent Energy Services: Development of an economic simulation dispatch model for
wind-diesel hybrid systems
2013 The Nature Conservancy: Contingent valuation of ecosystem services in the Mat-Su
Borough: Peer review of benefit transfer approach
2012 The Nature Conservancy: Contingent valuation of ecosystem services in the Mat-Su
Borough: Contingent valuation survey
2011 The Nature Conservancy: Contingent valuation of ecosystem services in the Mat-Su
Borough: Focus groups for questionnaire design
2011 Alaska SeaLife Center: Economic analysis of invasive species in Alaska
2011 Environmental Protection Agency (NatureServe): Economic significance analysis of healthy
ecosystems in the Bristol Bay
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RESEARCH: PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS
JOURNAL ARTICLES
Schwoerer, T. and Little, J. in progress. A Bayesian decision analysis for managing invasive
aquatic plants threatening livelihoods in salmon-dependent communities: The case of Elodea spp.
in the Copper River watershed, Alaska.
Schwoerer, T. and Little, J. in progress. Expert probability elicitation through adaptive choice:
The risk of Elodea spp. for salmonid persistence in Alaska.
Schwoerer, T. and Little, J. in progress. A bioeconomic simulation model of managing invasion
risk: Spreading aquatic invasive plants in salmon-dependent communities.
Schwoerer, T.; Schmidt, J.; Holen, D. in progress. Gasoline demand in communities dependent on
the harvesting of wild foods: Empirical evidence from Interior Alaska.
Schwoerer, T.; Knowler, D.; Garcia-Martinez, S. 2016. The value of whale watching to local
communities in Baja, Mexico: A case study using applied economic rent theory, Ecological
Economics 127: 90-101.
Schwoerer, T.; Federer, R.; Ferren II, H. 2014. Invasive species management programs in Alaska:
A survey of statewide expenditures, 2007-11, Arctic 67(1): 20-27.
Knowler, D.; Ansuategi, A.; Schwoerer, T.; Garcia-Martinez, S. in progress. Local Fishing
Communities and Nature Based Tourism: Shrimp Fisheries and Whale Watching in Baja,
Mexico.
BOOK CHAPTERS
Schwörer, T. forthcoming. Uncertainty, economics, and invasive species management. In: (Eds.)
Hayward, G.D.; Colt, S.; McTeague, M.L.; Hollingsworth, T. Climate change vulnerability
assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula. USDA Forest Service,
Pacific Northwest Research Station, General Technical Report.
Schwörer, T.; Fay, V.; Meiners, D. 2011. The Chaninik Wind Group, In: The Cool 100 Book,
Haselip, J. and Pointing, D. Eds.
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/TheCool100Book.pdf.
REPORTS, AND WORKING PAPERS
Schwörer, T.; Holen, D.; Jones, B.; Tanaka, C.; Albert, D. in press. The Economic Geography of
Salmon: A conceptual framework and preliminary characterization of the spatial distribution of
economic values associated with salmon in the Mat-Su Basin. Alaska Department of Fish and
Game Special Publication.
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Schwörer, T. 2014. Attitudes towards land use and development in the Mat-Su: Empirical
evidence on economic values of ecosystem services. UAA Institute of Social and Economic
Research Working Paper. http://iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2014_04_25-SchwoererMatSu2040FuturesSurvey.pdf.
Duffield, J.; Neher, C.; Patterson, D.; Knapp, G.; Schwörer, T., Fay, V.; Goldsmith, O.S. 2014.
Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Ecosystem: Baseline Levels of Economic Activity and Values.
Prepared for Environmental Protection Agency,
http://www.epa.gov/ncea/pdfs/bristolbay/bristol_bay_assessment_final_2014_vol3.pdf.
Schwörer, T. 2013. The Mat-Su Borough in 2040: What Would Residents Like to See? Research
Summary No. 76. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2014_04-MatSu2040_ResearchSummary.pdf.
Fay, V.; Villalobos Melendez, A.; Schwörer, T, West, C. 2013. Alaska Energy Statistics 19602011. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research.
Fay, V. Schwörer, T., Guettabi, M., Armagost, J. 2013. Analysis of Alaska Transportation Sectors
to Assess Energy Use and Impacts of Price Shocks and Climate Change Legislation, UAA
Institute of Social and Economic Research, http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2013_04AnalysisAKTransportationSectorsAssessEnergyUse.pdf.
Information Insights. 2013. The economic impact of closing Flint Hills’ Northpole refinery.
Report prepared in collaboration with Information Insights, Fairbanks, AK, for Flint Hills
Resources, Fairbanks, AK.
Schwörer, T.; Federer, R.; Ferren II, H. 2012. Managing invasive species: How much do we
spend? ISER Research Summary. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2012_07-InvasiveSpecies.pdf.
Information Insights. 2012. The economic impact of Interior-based Alaska Native Organizations.
Report prepared in collaboration with Information Insights, Fairbanks, AK, for Doyon Limited,
Fairbanks, AK, http://irha.org/PDF/Alaska%20Native%20Economic%20Impact%20Study.pdf
Fay, V.; Villalobos Melendez, A.; Schwörer, T. 2012. Power Cost Equalization Funding Formula
Review. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research Technical Report,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2012_03_14-NREL_PCEfinal.pdf.
Information Insights. 2011. The economic impact of public transportation in Alaska. Report
prepared in collaboration with Information Insights, Anchorage, AK, for Alaska Mobility
Coalition, Anchorage, AK.
Fay, V.; Saylor, B.; Schwörer, T. 2011. Alaska fuel price projections 2011-2030. UAA Institute
of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/Fuel_price_projection_20112030_final_01252011.pdf.
Holdmann, G., Fay, G., Witmer, D., Williams, F., Schwörer, T., Pride, D. Stevens, R., 2011.
Executive Summary: Small Scale Modular Nuclear Power: an option for Alaska? Alaska Center
for Energy and Power, http://www.uaf.edu/files/acep/Executive-Summary-3-2-11.pdf.
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Haley, S., Szymoniak, N., Klick, M., Crow, A., and Schwörer, T. 2011. Social Indicators for
Arctic Mining. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research Working Paper 2011.2.
http://iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/mining-indicators.pdf.
Schwörer, T. and Fay, V. 2010. Economic feasibility of North Slope propane production and
distribution to select Alaska communities. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/Schwoerer_ay2010propane_phase2final.pdf.
Goldsmith, O.S. and Schwörer, T. 2010. The Foraker Group Report on the Alaska non-profit
economy: 2010 update. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2010_11-NonprofitReport.pdf.
Fay, V.; Keith, K.; Schwörer, T. 2010. Alaska isolated wind-diesel systems performance and
economic analysis. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/wind_diesel10022010.pdf.
Colt, S. and Schwörer, T. 2010. Socioeconomic impacts of potential Wishbone Hill coal mining
activity. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/wishbone_hill_impacts_final.pdf.
Goldsmith, O.S. and Schwörer, T. 2010. Benefit cost analysis TIGER II Grant Application Port of
Anchorage barge berths and rail extension project. Report prepared for the Port of Anchorage.
UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/Port%20of%20Anchorage%20TIGER%20II%20BCA%20
Writeup%20final%20v1.docx.
Helvoigt, T.; Schwörer, T.; Charlton, D. 2010. Economic Analysis of the Chuitna watershed and
Cook Inlet, Report prepared in collaboration with Eco-Northwest, Eugene, OR, for Cook
Inletkeeper, Homer, AK.
Goldsmith, O.S. and Schwörer, T. 2009. Anchorage Port Intermodal Expansion Program (PIEP)
benefit cost analysis of proposed TIGER discretionary grant funds. Report prepared for the Port
of Anchorage. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/POA_Benefit_Cost_Analysis_v12sept92009.pdf
Colt, S. and Schwörer, T. 2009. Economic importance of sportfishing in the Matanuska-Susitna
Borough. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research,
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/matsu_sportfish_final_31aug2009.pdf
Lister, C., Calvin, J., Rogers, B., Schwörer, T., Arriaga, I., Logan, D., Modrow, S., and Pierce, J.
2008. The role of the oil and gas industry in Alaska’s economy. Report prepared for the Alaska
Oil and Gas Association, Anchorage, AK, http://www.aoga.org/wpcontent/uploads/2010/06/report2008.pdf.
McDowell Group. 2009 Q1. The AEDC Anchorage Quarterly Economic Indicators Report.
Report prepared for Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK.
McDowell Group. 2008. Financial assessment of inflation proofing for Klukwan endowment
fund. Report prepared for Klukwan Inc., Juneau, AK.
McDowell Group. 2008. Economic Impact of Alaska’s cruise ship industry. Report prepared for
the Alaska Cruise Association, Juneau, AK.
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McDowell Group. 2008. Anchorage Economic Forecast. Report prepared for Anchorage
Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK.
McDowell Group. 2008 Q1 – Q4. The AEDC Anchorage Quarterly Economic Indicators Report.
Report prepared for Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage, AK.
McDowell Group. 2007. Potential economic impact of the Kensington Mine. Report prepared for
Coeur Mining, Inc., Juneau, AK.
Fay, V.; Colt, S.; Schwörer, T. 2005. Sustainable economic development for the Prince William
Sound Region. Report prepared for the National Wildlife Federation, Alaska Office. UAA
Institute of Social and Economic Research http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2005_09SustainableEconomicDevelopmentForPWS.pdf
RESEARCH: PRESENTATIONS
2015
Alaska SeaGrant Advisory Committee Meeting, Anchorage
An expert and community supported decision tool for managing invasive species: The risk of
Elodea spp. to salmon-dependent communities.
8th Annual Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, Palmer
Conference of the Committee on Noxious and Invasive Plants Management in Alaska, Juneau
Expert probability elicitation through adaptive choice: The risk of Elodea spp. for salmon
persistence in Alaska.
Elodea workshop, Cordova
Human dimensions of invasive species management.
2014
Matanuska-Susitna Business Alliance Monthly Lunch Forum, Wasilla
16th Annual Alaska Forum on the Environment, Anchorage
Ecosystem Services: How much do mat-Su residents value them? Evidence from a household
survey and analysis of property values in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
2013
6th Annual Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium, Palmer
Preliminary results from a contingent valuation of Mat-Su residents’ preferences and values for:
population growth, job sectors, recreation, and conservation.
American Planning Association, Alaska Chapter Conference, Anchorage
Preliminary results from a contingent valuation of Mat-Su residents’ preferences and values for:
population growth, job sectors, recreation, and conservation.
American Association of Energy Economists, Anchorage
Harnessing Wind Resources to Achieve Energy Independence and Economic Development in
Isolated Rural Communities: A Financial Simulation Model
Alaska Forum on the Environment, Anchorage
Applied Bioeconomics for Invasive Species Management
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Alaska Rural Energy Conference, Anchorage
Personal Transportation in Rural Alaska: Results from Two Questionnaires
College of Business and Public Policy Poster Session, Anchorage
Decisions under Uncertainty: How Bioeconomics Can Inform Invasive Species Management
2012
Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council, Anchorage: Opportunities for
Economic Analysis within Invasive Species Management
Conference of the Committee on Noxious and Invasive Plants Management in Alaska, Kodiak:
Investments in Statewide Invasive Species Management Programs in Alaska, Decisions under
Uncertainty: A Bioeconomic Approach to Managing Invasive Species in Alaska: the Case of
Elodea in Chena Slough, Fairbanks
American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter, Kodiak, Alaska & Alaska SeaLife Center Science
Colloquium, Seward: Elodea in Alaska – Is it worth taking action and if so how much action is
needed?: A bioeconomic risk assessment
Arctic Frontiers Conference, Tromsø, Norway: Harnessing wind: Opportunities for Sustainability
in isolated Arctic communities
Arctic Frontiers Young Scientist Forum, Tromsø, Norway: Harnessing wind: Opportunities for
Sustainability in isolated Arctic communities
2011
Western Alaska Science Conference, Bethel: Potential Economics of Nuclear Small Modular
Reactor Technology for Alaska
2010
Conference of the Committee on Noxious and Invasive Plants Management in Alaska, Fairbanks:
Assessing the Potential Economic Benefits and Costs of Invasive Species Coordination in Alaska:
A Proposal
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
PEER REVIEW
Aquaculture Economics and Management, Conservation Biology
TEACHING AND GUEST LECTURES
Substitute teacher / guest lecturer: Fairbanks Fisheries Division Seminar, Natural Resource
Economics (ECON 435) at University of Alaska Anchorage, Environmental Economics and
Policy (ECON 210) at University of Alaska Anchorage
Teaching assistant: Ecological Economics (REM 621) at Simon Fraser University
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ANALYTICAL AND SOFTWARE SKILLS
QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Discrete choice modeling (design and analysis of mail and online surveys): Sawtooth, NLOGIT,
Matlab, Qualtrics
Applied statistical computing: R, STATA
Bayesian statistical computing: R, WINBUGS
Risk and decision analysis / Monte Carlo simulation: R, Palisade Decision Suite
Regional economic modeling: IMPLAN, ISER Input-Output model
ArcGIS
QUALITATIVE METHODS
Key informant interviews, focus groups, participatory appraisal
COMPUTER MODELS
IRECOS: Isolated Renewable Energy Economic Simulator, a simplified energy dispatch model
with an hourly time step that simulates the economics of integrating high penetration renewables
into isolated village utility systems. Particularly emphasis is given to modeling dispatchable loads
such as individual household’s heating demand.
ManTerPla: Management Model for Invasive Terrestrial Plants, a logistic growth model in
discrete time that keeps track of the early, undetected, and detected portions of an invasion
depending on effort related to detection, spread/damage prevention, and eradication.
BOARDS
UAF Hammond Center for Salmon and Society, 2015
SIGNIFICANT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY
Vice-President: Arctic Orienteering Club, 2011-2013
Instructor: Crosscountry Alaska Coaches Clinic, 2008-2013
Volunteer coach: KidsRunning summer program, 2004
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