Nicole Karwowski

About Me

I am a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I use econometric methods and remote sensing data to conduct ecosystem valuations that improve land-use decisions. My research focuses on how communities are affected and adapt to a changing climate. I am especially interested in quantifying the role of conservation and nature-based solutions in mitigating the effects of natural disasters.

My job market paper identifies the causal effects of wetland easements on converted fields and surrounding fields using remote sensing yield data and a difference-in-differences methodology. I compare converted fields with applicant fields to calculate the opportunity cost of foregone yields. I also uncover a significant externality on surrounding lands due to changes in hydrological patterns: I find that easements have a positive spillover effect on corn and negative impact on soybeans.

I am originally from the Chicagoland area. I love living in Madison and enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities that Wisconsin has to offer. I enjoy exploring the natural world through birding, hiking, and rock climbing.

Contact Information



427 Lorch St.

Taylor Hall

Madison, WI 53706