Catherine Keske, Ph.D..

Catherine Keske  Ph.D.

Bottle Cove, Newfoundland (CANADA)

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Select Publications:

Hou, L,  C.M. Keske, D. Hoag, T. Balezentis, and X. Wang.  2019.  Abatement costs of emissions from burning maize straw in major maize regions of China: Balancing food security with the environment. Journal of Cleaner Production, [208(20 January)], 178-187. 

Hou, L, D.L. Hoag, and C.M.H. Keske, 2015, Abatement costs of soil conservation in China’s Loess Plateau: Balancing income with conservation in an agricultural system.  Journal of Environmental Management, 149, pp. 1-8

Cropper, E., D.M. McLeod, C.T. Bastian, C.M.H. Keske, D.L. Hoag, J.E. Cross, 2012, Factors affecting land trusts’ demand for conservation easements.  Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy Special Issue on Market-Based Environmental Management, 42(2), pp. 88-103.

Hoag, D.L.K., R. Boone, and C.M.H. Keske, 2011, The cost for agriculture to coexist with wildlife in Colorado, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 16(5), pp. 319-329. 

Keske, C.M.H, 2011, How to value environmental and non-market goods:  A guide for legal professionals, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 39(3), pp. 423-435.

Laitos, J.G. and C.M. Keske, 2010, The right of non-use, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (JELL), 25(2), pp. 303-384. 

Natural Resource Economics and Policy

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I am a resource and environmental economist who specializes in land management.  I have used a  suite of economic and social science research methods, such as willingness to pay,  data envelope analysis and multilevel modeling.  I have worked in the United States, Canada, Africa, Costa Rica and China.  As follows is a list of selected publications.  

Please feel free to contact me for more information or follow me on Research Gate.

Keske, C.M.H. (Editor), 2018, Food Futures:  Growing a Sustainable Food System for Newfoundland and Labrador.  Institute of Social Economic Research (ISER) Books. ISBN: 978-1-894725-45-3 (Paperback); 978-1-894725-46-0 (PDF)

Laitos, J.G., 2012, with C. Keske as contributing author in The Right of Non-Use (Jan Laitos, Ed.), Oxford University Press.  ISBN: 978-0195386066.  

Lohman, G., Keske, C.M.H., and E.F. Kelly, 2011, Environmental Impacts from Recreation on Colorado Fourteeners.  Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrucken, Germany. ISBN:  978-3-844-388091

Keske, C.M., 2008, Rents, Efficiency, and Incomplete Markets:  The Emerging Market for Private Land Preservation and Conservation Easements, VDM, Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. Publishers.  ISBN:  978-3-639-06693-7​​
Select Publications

Keske, C.M.H., and A. Mayer, 2014.   Visitor willingness to pay U.S. Forest Service recreation fees in New West rural mountain economies.    Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ), 28(1), pp. 87-100. doi:10.1177/0891242413506744

Keske, C.M.H., G. Lohman, J. Loomis, 2013, Do respondents report willingness to pay on a per person or per group basis?  A mountain recreation example.   Tourism Economics, 19(1), pp. 133-146.
Loomis, J.B. and C.M.H. Keske, 2012, Did the great recession reduce visitor spending and willingness to pay for nature-based recreation?   Evidence from 2006 and 2009, Contemporary Economic Policy, 30(2), pp. 238-246)

Keske, C.M.H. and L.S. Smutko, 2010, Consulting communities:  Using audience response system technology (ARS) to assess community preferences for sustainable recreation and tourism development, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18(8), pp. 951-970. 

Loomis, J.B. and C.M. Keske, 2009, The economic value of novel means of ascending high mountain peaks:  A travel cost demand model of Pikes Peak cog railway riders, automobile users and hikers , Tourism Economics, 15(2), pp. 426-436.

Loomis, J.B. and C.M. Keske, 2009, Mountain substitutability and peak load pricing of high alpine peaks as a management tool to reduce environmental damage: a contingent valuation study, Journal of Environmental Management, 90(5), pp. 1751–1760.

Keske, C.M. and J.B. Loomis, 2008, Regional economic contribution and net economic values of opening access to three Colorado Fourteeners , Tourism Economics, 14(2), pp. 249-262.

Keske, C.M., and J.B. Loomis, 2007, High economic values from high peaks of the West.  Western Economics Forum, 6(1), pp. 34-41

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High Mountain Peaks in Colorado

This project looked at various ways to value the 54 peaks that tower over 14,000 feet high in the state of Colorado.  Hikers come from around the world to tackle one, and sometimes all of these majestic peaks.   Through a series of surveys, and a technique called contingent valuation,  we sought to see how hikers valued the peaks through their willingness to pay to hike them.   This information was then linked to regional economic studies of nearby towns to determine how much these peaks meant to the local economies.  In all, we published 8 journal articles, and helped the towns of Alma and Leadville assess their economic relationship to these peaks.

Biomass, Bioenergy and Utilities

Select Publications
Keske, C., M. Mills, T. Godfrey, L. Tanguay, and J. Dicker.  2018.   Waste management in remote rural communities across the Canadian North:  Challenges and opportunities. Detritus Multi-disciplinary Journal for Waste and Residues, 2, 63-77. 

Keske, C., M. Mills, L. Tanguay*, and J. Dicker*.  2018.  Waste management in Labrador and northern communities: opportunities and challenges.    The Northern Review, 47, 137-170.  

Berhe, M., D. Hoag, G Tesfay, and C.M.H. Keske, 2017.  Factors influencing the adoption of biogas digesters in rural Ethiopia .  Energy, Sustainability and Society, a Springer Online Journal, 7(10), pp. 1-11.  doi:10.1186/s13705-017-0112-5  

Field, J., C.M.H. Keske, G. Lohman Birch, M. DeFoort, M.F. Cotrufo, 2013, Distributed bioenergy and biochar co-production: A regionally-specific case study of environmental benefits and economic impacts.   Global Change Biology (GCB) Bioenergy Special Edition on Bioenergy, 5(1), pp. 177-191.

Keske, C.M.H., G. Lohman, 2012, Biochar:  An emerging market solution for legacy mine reclamation and the environment.  Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal, 6(1), pp. 1-14. 
Keske, C.M.H., 2012, Anaerobic Digestion Technology:  How agricultural producers—and the environment—might profit from nuisance lawsuits .  Natural Resources Journal, 52(2), pp. 315-336. 

Keske, C.M.H., S. Evans, T. Iverson, 2012, T otal cost electricity pricing:  A market solution for increasingly rigorous environmental standards.   The Electricity Journal, 25(2), pp. 7-15.

Keske, C.M.H., 2011, Costs of environmental and performance attributes of the Colorado electricity sector.  The Electricity Journal, 24(9), pp. 75-83. 

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I have been involved in a variety of projects that looked at more environmentally friendly forms of energy.  In one project, I looked at whether farmers could grow the fuel needed to power all of their farm equipment.  In another, I conducted an economic analyses of the feasibility of anaerobic digesters and of producing biochar, which can be an excellent soil amendment.  In one study, I developed a comprehensive pricing tool that shows the economic impact of producing electricity from alternate sources such as coal and wind.  Finally, I have done some work on interesting legal and institutional issues related to energy and the environment.
Select Publications
Keske, C.M.H., R.P. Bixler, C.T. Bastian, and J.E. Cross, 2017. Are population and land use changes perceived as threats to sense of place in the New West?  A multilevel modeling approach.  Rural Sociology, 82(2), 263-290.

Berhe, M., D Hoag, G. Tesfay, T. Tadess, S. Oniki, M. Kagatsume, and C.M.H. Keske, 2017.  The effects of adaptation to climate change on income of rural communities in northern Ethiopia.  Pastoralism: Research, Policy, and Practice, a Springer Online Journal, 7(12)

Bastian, C.T., C.M.H. Keske, D.M. McLeod, and D.L. Hoag, 2017. Landowner and land trust agent preferences for conservation easements: Implications for sustainable land use and environmental conservation.  Landscape and Urban Planning, 157(1), pp. 1-13

McGaffin, G., D.M. McLeod, C.T. Bastian, C.M. Keske Hoag, D.L. Hoag, 2012, Landowner preferences for conservation easements:  Responses from two intermountain states Journal of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, 75(1), pp. 98-111

Keske, C.M.H., D. Hoag, and C.T. Bastian, 2011, The effect of landowner amenity rents in conservation easement policies.  Environmental Economics, 2(3), pp. 123-130.

Keske, C.M.H., D.L. Hoag, D.M. McLeod, C.T. Bastian, M.G. Lacy, 2011, Using mixed methods research in environmental economics: The case of conservation easements, International Journal of Mixed Methods for Applied Business and Policy Research, 1(1), pp. 16-28.    

Cross, J. E., C.M.H. Keske, M.G. Lacy, D.L.K. Hoag, and C.T. Bastian, 2011, Adoption of conservation easements among agricultural landowners in Colorado and Wyoming: The role of economic dependence and sense of place, Landscape and Urban Planning, 101(1), pp. 75-83.

Miller, A., C.T. Bastian, D.M. McLeod, C.M. Keske, and D.L. Hoag, 2011, Factors impacting agricultural landowners’ willingness to enter into conservation easements: A case study, Society and Natural Resources:  An International Journal, 24(1), pp. 65-74

Keske, C.M., D.L. Hoag, and C.T. Bastian, 2009, Can Conservation Easements Market Evolve from Emerging to Efficient?  , Western Economics Forum, 8(1), pp. 7-17.

Keske, C.M. and D.L. Hoag, 2006, A market perspective:  a research group of economists asks, what are land trusts trying to preserve?  Exchange:  The National Journal of Land Conservation, 25, pp. 24-27.
Hoag, D.L., C.T. Bastian, C.M. Keske, D.M. McLeod, and A. Marshall, 2005, Evolving conservation easement markets in the West, Western Economics Forum, 4(1), pp. 7-14.


Land Economics
and Policy

Conservation Easements protect certain environmental attributes of special properties by buying the rights to that attribute from the property owner.  For example, a conservation easement might protect the right to develop a property, keeping it wild in perpetuity.
With a total of 10 published articles, this research focused on how suppliers (primarily farmers and ranchers) and demanders (land trusts) value conservation easements and how prices are established based on those valuations.