Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Department of Biological Science
National University of Singapore
14 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543

Lab: Bioecon Lab

Personal Website: http://romancarrasco.com/

6601 1145
6779 2486

Academics Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Research from Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom.

Research Areas

Bioeconomics, Ecological Economics, Conservation Science, Biosecurity.

Research Interests

The main research focus of the Bioecon lab gravitates around sustainability science and aims to contribute to sustainable development. The lab aims at identifying strategies for the reconciliation of biodiversity conservation, food security and economic development in the tropics.

The research developed in the lab deals with the complex interactions between ecological and socioeconomic systems. This complexity requires an interdisciplinary approach where biological models are linked to economics through bioeconomic modeling. The main two areas to which bioeconomic modelling is applied are conservation science and biosecurity. Specific research topics of the lab are: tropical forests conservation, tradeoffs between agriculture and ecosystem services, payment for ecosystem services, control of infectious diseases and the economics of dengue control interventions.
The lab is eminently applied and quantitative. A wide range of mathematical, computational and statistical modeling approaches, many of which have a spatial component, are employed. Please send me an email if you would like to collaborate or be part of the lab.

Current projects

Reconciliation of biodiversity conservation, food security and economic development in the tropics: (i) identification of mechanisms for global market systems to internalize the true economic value of tropical forests; (ii) performance of spatial analyses of land use distributions that maximize the synergies between ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation and agricultural production; and (iii) evaluation of economic development strategies that guarantee non-decreasing wealth and equity among individuals in tropical regions. NUS project. PI.

Selected Publications

  1. Chang, J., Symes, W.S., Lim, F.K., Carrasco, L.R. (2016) International trade causes large net economic losses in tropical countries via the destruction of ecosystem services. Ambio 1-11 doi: 10.1007/s13280-016-0768-7.
  2. Nghiem, T.P.L., Carrasco, L. R. (2016) Mobile Applications to Link Sustainable Consumption with Impacts on the Environment and Biodiversity. BioScience doi: 10.1093/biosci/biw016
  3. Symes, W.S., Rao, M., Mascia, M.B., Carrasco, L.R. (2015) Why do we lose protected areas? Factors influencing protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettment (PADDD) in the tropics and sub-tropics. Global Change Biology. 22 (2) 656-665.
  4. Brun, C., Cook, A.R., Lee, J.S.H., Wich, S.A., Koh, L.P., Carrasco, L.R. (2015) Analysis of deforestation and protected area effectiveness in Indonesia: A comparison of Bayesian spatial models. Global Environmental Change. 31: 285-295.
  5. Carrasco, L.R.Larrosa, C., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Edwards, D.P. (2014) A double-edged sword for tropical forests. Science. 346, 6205, pp. 38-40.
  6. Carrasco, L.R., Nghiem, T.P.L. Sunderland, T., Koh, L.P. (2014) Economic valuation of ecosystem services fails to capture biodiversity value of tropical forests. Biological Conservation. 178, 163–170.
  7. Carrasco, L.R., Papworth, S.K. (2014) A ranking of net national contributions to climate change mitigation through tropical forest conservation. Journal of Environmental Management. 146, 575–581.
  8. Carrasco, L.R., Coker, R., Cook, A.R. (2013) Who should pay for global health, and how much? PLOS Medicine. 10(2): e1001392.
  9. Phelps, J., Carrasco, L.R., Webb, E.L., Koh, L.P., Pascual, U. (2013) Agricultural intensification escalates future conservation costs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 110 (19), 7601-7606. abstract
  10. Carrasco L.R., Cook, D.C., Mumford, J.D., MacLeod, A., Knight, J.D., Baker, R.H.A. (2012) Towards the integration of spread and economic impacts of biological invasions in a landscape of learning and imitating agents. Ecological Economics. 76, 95-103. journal
  11. Nghiem LTP, Webb EL, Carrasco LR. (2012). Saving Vietnam's Wildlife Through Social Media. Science 338: 192-193.