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For four decades John Loomis has been a leader in the field of environmental and resource economics.  His research has fundamentally shaped economic valuation of non-marketed natural resources and the use of such values by government agencies. John’s scholarly contributions (he has published four books and over 250 refereed journal articles) and his contributions to practical applications of non-market valuation to government programs and policy are significant.  In addition, John has been a mentor and role model for hundreds of graduate students. At Colorado State University he is valued as a talented, hardworking economist and a great colleague and friend.

John will be retiring at the end of December.  To honor him and celebrate his many accomplishments, we are organizing The Loomis Symposium to be held December 1, 2016 here at Colorado State University, Lory Student Center, Ballrooms C & D.  This will be an all-day affair, with presentations by noted environmental economists, former and current graduate students, colleagues across Colorado State University, and government agency employees. The symposium will include a panel discussion, research presentations, and multiple opportunities to express gratitude for our colleague John Loomis. In the evening, there will be a gala banquet to honor John’s professional and personal contributions.

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Welcome: Dean Ajay Menon

8:45 – 9:45

Keynote Address

John Loomis’ Extraordinary Career Exploring the Jungle of Nonmarket Valuation

  • Kevin Boyle (Virginia Tech)

10:00 – 11:00

The Impact of John Loomis’ Nonmarket Valuation Research on Federal Land Management Agencies


  • Patricia Champ (US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station)


  • Lynne Koontz (National Parks Service)
  • Leslie Richardson (National Park Service)
  • Armando Gonzalez-Caban (US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station)
  • Roy Allen (retired from Bureau of Land Management)

11:00 – 12:00

Price Elasticities of Recreation Demand: A Meta-Analysis

  • Presenter: Randy Rosenberger (Oregon State University)
  • Moderator: Marshall Frasier (Colorado State University)
  • Discussant: Nicholas Flores (University of Colorado)

12:00 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:30

Non-market Valuation of National Park System Resources: Then and Now

  • Presenter: John Duffield (University of Montana)
  • Moderator: Dana Hoag (Colorado State University)
  • Discussant: Bruce Peacock (National Parks Service)

2:30 – 3:15

IGNITE of former students

  • Moderator: Michelle Haefele (Colorado State University)

3:30 – 4:30

Using Commitment to Improve Choice Experiment Survey Responses

  • Presenter: Jason Shogren (University of Wyoming)
  • Moderator: Dawn Thilmany (Colorado State University)
  • Discussant: Jordan Suter (Colorado State University)

5:00 – 6:00


6:00 – 7:30

Dinner and stories

  • Host: John Bergstrom (University of Georgia)
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