Research Design and Quantitative Methods

Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

economics, political economy, statistics
conservation biology, wildlife management
energy resources, sustainable/renewable energy, energy policy, nuclear power industry, social implications of technology choices, political ecology

Students learn how to integrate the use of inferential statistics and qualitative data analysis to conduct rigorous examinations of the social, biological, and physical aspects of environmental issues. This knowledge will prepare students for their own research and for understanding and critiquing research articles and reports in fields of their choosing.

Faculty Biographies
Peter Dorman, Ph.D., is an economist with a background in environmental and public health policy, data analysis, and political economy.  He completed a doctoral thesis at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he examined the use of occupational safety and health data to impute monetary values for risk of death in cost-benefit analysis; this work was eventually published as a book by Cambridge University Press, Markets and Mortality: Economics, Dangerous Work and the Value of Human Life.  Over the following two decades he has continued research into the economics of occupational health, focusing especially on child laborers in both the US and developing countries.  Much of this work was supported by the International Labor Organization, for whom he has also recently completed a study on the global economics of AIDS.  He has worked as a consultant on carbon policy for environmental advocacy groups and has written and spoken widely on strategies to mitigate climate change.  He has also written on various aspects of economic theory, including welfare economics, the theory of the firm, and international political economy.  In Summer 2014, his introductory economics textbooks in macro- and microeconomics were published by Springer.

Dina Roberts, Ph.D., is a conservation biologist with broad field experience as an ornithologist and wildlife biologist, as well as experience in species management and forest policy development.  Her background in field research spans more than two decades and includes studies in temperate and tropical forests to understand the impacts of forest fragmentation and land use change on biodiversity.  Dina completed her Master’s research from University of Georgia in collaboration with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Panama looking at the importance of shade coffee plantations for tropical ants and birds.  Dina received an IGERT Fellowship from the NSF to complete interdisciplinary doctoral research in a team of researchers looking at the importance of sustainable development and biodiversity protection in Costa Rica.  She has since worked as a Postdoctoral Researchers at Washington State University, as an Endangered Species Biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and as a Staff Scientist working at the science/policy interface to increase understanding of the global importance and increase protection of boreal forest of North America.

Kathleen M. Saul, M.A., M.E.S., received her BA in French and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and MA in Management from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania) before turning her attention to environmental issues and eventually joining the MES program at Evergreen.  After completing her degree in 2009, she taught Statistics in the Evening and Weekend studies program and Qualitative Methods, an Energy elective and gCORE in the Graduate Program on the Environment. Kathleen then moved to the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware to pursue her PhD. Her dissertation research focuses on the displacement of people that results from large scale technology projects, with a focus those involving nuclear technology.  While at Delaware, she participated in research projects looking into the energy policy implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster as well as alternative administrative forms for organizations devoted to energy conservation, efficiency, and sustainable energy options. She also taught in the undergraduate Introduction to Energy Policy and Sustainable Energy Policy and Planning courses.  Her engineering acumen, business sense, and environmental awareness all come together in understanding modern energy systems and the green energy economy.

Program Details

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p, Tue/Thu


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Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Spring)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Number

(8 GR credits): 30310

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