The first paper stemming from this research titled, "Amenity Driven Price Effects and Conservation Reserve Site Selection: A Dynamic Linear Integer Programming Approach" is published in Ecological Economics. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.06.015.
The first paper from this work is published in the Journal of Forests and Livelihoods. The work has also resulted in multiple World Bank Workin Papers (available here-Nepal and here-Ethiopia and multiple Policy Briefs that are available here.
Understanding Public Peferences for Ecosystem Restoration
The first paper from this research is published in Land Economics titled Valuing Grassland Restoration: Proximity to Substitutes and Trade-offs among Conservation Attributes. doi: 10.3368/le.90.2.237.
Coral Reefs in Okinawa: With Payal Shah, a researcher at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, I have been conducting a choice experiment survey in Okinawa, Japan to understand preferences for creating marine proected areas aimed at protecting coral reefs. In addition to understanding preferences we also study how the institutional arrangements, specificall top-down and botom-up management of the protected areas impact respondents' choices.
A preliminary analysis of the data was conducted by Nils Carlson '15, who presented this work at the Colby Libearl Arts Symposium in 2015 and submitted a paper to the Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby (JEREC). We are currently completing a manuscript and a book chapter to share the full results from this work. .
Riparian Tree Shade Program in Oregon: Thermal pollution, the degradation of water quality due to the change in water temperature, is increasingly seen as a pollutant that can have a significant impact on the local ecosystem. An environmentally friendly solution that has recently garnered a lot of interest is the use of riparian buffers to provide tree shade to naturally reduce thermal pollution. I am working with Clean Water Services and colleagues at Portland State University to understand the public’s willingness to pay for the additional ecosystem services generated by the restoration of riparian forest lands. .
Part of this work resulted in a Master's Thesis in Environmental Management for Rondi Schei, who presented preliminary results at the NAREA Annual Meeting in 2013. The final data were analysed by Gilbert Kigundu '15, who presented resutls at the 2014 Heartland Workshop, the Colby Liberal Arts Symposium and the Maine Econnomics Conference in 2015. We are currently completing a manuscript from this work.
This work ongoing work has so far produced two published papers, a book chapter, and three technical reports.
If you are interested in incoporating STELLA simulation models indo a natural resource economics class that you are teaching I am willing to share the models that I currently have.
Preferences for underutilized seafood and socially sustainable seafood
The second project is supported by a grant from the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and uses a choice experiment to evaluate preferences for sustainable seafood labels that incorporated information about social sustainability (in addition to ecological sustainability). This work led by Jackie Chen '16 and both Economics and Environmental Studies students.
Resutls stemming from this work has been presented (by students) at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat, the Colby Libearl Arts Symposium, the Maine Economics Conference, and NAREA Annual Meeting.
This work is part of the honors thesis conducted by Brendan Cosgrove '15 and was co-supervised by Dan Lafave, Michael Donihue. Brendan presented this work at multiple forums at Colby and also at the NAREA Annual Meeting in 2014. This work is published in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER).
Publications (Peer Reviewed)
M. K. Hennessey and S. T. M. DissanayakeC. Conservation Choices in the Face of Sea-Level Rise: A case-study from Maine, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review – Accepted.
R. Matsuura, S. T. M. Dissanayake, A. G. Meyer (2016) The Proposed Park in Maine's North Woods: Preferences of Out-of-State Visitors, Maine Policy Review 25.1: 54 -62
L. McClenachan, S. T. M. Dissanayake, and X. Chen. (2016) Fair trade fish: Consumer support for seafood sustainability, Fish and Fisheries.
H. Önal, P. Woodford, S. Tweddale, J. Westervelt, M. Chen, S. T. M. Dissanayake, G. Pitois. (2016) A Dynamic Simulation/Optimization Model For Scheduling Restoration Of Degraded Military Training Lands, Journal of Environmental Management. pp. 144-157.
H. Onal, Y. Wang, S. T. M. Dissanayake, and J. D. Westervelt. (2016) Optimal Design of Compact and Contiguous Conservation Management Areas, European Journal of Operational Research. 251 (3).
S.T.M. Dissanayakec. (2016) Using STELLA Simulation Models to Teach Natural Resource Economics, Journal of Economic Education. 47:1.
S.T. M. Dissanayakec, P. Jha, B. Adhikari, R. Bista, R. Bluffstone, H. Luintel, P. Martinsson, N. Paudel, E. Somanathan, and M. Toman. 2015. Community Managed Forest Groups and Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes: A choice experiment survey in Nepal. Journal of Forests and Livelihoods. Forthcoming.
T. Witkin, S. T. M. Dissanayake, L. McClenachan. 2015. Opportunities and barriers for fisheries diversification: Consumer choice in New England. Fisheries Research. 168, 56-62.
S. T. M. Dissanayake and A. W. Ando. 2014. Valuing Grassland Restoration: Proximity to Substitutes and Trade-offs among Conservation Attributes. Land Economics. 90(2), 237-259.
S. T. M. Dissanayake, H. Önal, J. D. Westervelt, and H. Balbach. 2012. Optimum Selection of Clustered Conservation Areas for Species Relocation. Ecological Modeling. Vol 224 Iss 1. 65-75.
S. T. M. Dissanayake, and H. Önal. Amenity Driven Price Effects and Conservation Reserve Site Selection: A Dynamic Linear Integer Programming Approach. 2011. Ecological Economics. Vol 70, No 12, 2225-2235.
S. T. M. Dissanayake, H. Önal, and J. D. Westervelt. 2011. Optimum Selection of Conservation Reserves: Extensions to Multiple Land Use. Military Operations Research, Vol 16, No. 1.
B. C. Daniels, S. T. M. Dissanayake, and B. R. Trees. 2003, Synchronization of coupled rotators: Josephson junction ladders and the locally-coupled Kuramoto model, Physical Review E, Vol 67.
Other Publications (Not Peer Reviewed)
V. Kudaligama and S. T. M. Dissanayake. Sri Lanka’s Peace Dividends: The End of the War and Beyond. The Illinois International Review. Fall 2009.
Dissanayake, S. T.M., Önal, H., Westervelt, J. D., & Balbach, H. E. (2014). Optimal selection of clustered conservation lands using integer programming: the case of Fort Stewart in Georgia, USA. In Nunes, P. A., Kumar, P., & Dedeurwaerdere, T. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook on the Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity. Edward Elgar Publishing. 193.