My research applies resource and development economics towards measuring trade-offs in marine resource management. My current doctoral research assesses how configuration of rights based management influence economic, social, and ecological outcomes, with a focus on individual transferable quota (ITQ) programs in Argentine fisheries.
In general, my research aims to assess resource management design and implementation to develop management strategies that support coastal community livelihoods alongside wildlife conservation. I am particularly interested in research in coastal Latin America, building on my previous experiences on these topics in Patagonia (Argentina), Guyana, and Panama.
Research Interests: Natural resource economics, development economics, conservation biology, bioeconomics, payments for ecosystem services, conservation finance, tradeoffs in natural resource management, marine resource management and policy, link between conservation and development, feedbacks between humans and ecosystems, link between industries (tourism, fisheries, forestry, etc.) and market and non-market ecosystem services
Stefanski, SF, and Shimshack, JP. "Valuing Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico: Evidence from the Proposed Boundary Expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary." Marine Resource Economics 31, no. 2 (April 2016): 211-232.
Stefanski, SF, and Villasante, S. "Whales vs. gulls: Assessing trade-offs in wildlife and waste management in Patagonia, Argentina." Ecosystem Services 16 (December 2015): 294-305.
Stefanski, SF, Shi, X, Hall, JS, Hernandez, A, and Fenichel, EP. "Teak–cattle production tradeoffs for Panama Canal Watershed small scale producers." Forest Policy and Economics 56 (July 2015): 48-56.