[Version: January 31, 2023]


Associate Professor of Sustainable Development and Economy 2020-

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Core Faculty, Sustainability Institute

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development and Economy 2016-2020

Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

Core Faculty, The Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Postdoctoral Associate 2013-2016

Global Lands

The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA

Visiting researcher 2014-2015

Institute on the Environment

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN


Duke University, Durham, NC

Ph.D. in Environment 2008-2013

Areas of expertise: Environmental and Resource Economics, Development Economics

Primary advisors: Dr. Subhrendu Pattanayak and Dr. Randall Kramer

Committee members: Dr. Martin Smith, Dr. Jeffrey Vincent, Dr. Dean Urban

Certificate in College Teaching 2013

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 2003-2007

B.A. in Economics & Biology (Magna cum Laude)

Honors in Biology


“Three Essays on Protecting Biodiversity in Developing Countries”


*indicates co-lead authors

**indicates students

1. Miteva DA., Pattanayak, S.K., Ferraro, P.J., 2012. Evaluation of biodiversity policy instruments: what works and what doesn’t? Oxford Review of Economic Policy 28 , 69–92. Available here:

2. Ferraro, P.J., Hanauer, M.M., Miteva, D.A., Canavire-Bacarreza, G., Pattanayak, S.K., Sims, K.R.E., 2013. More strictly protected areas are not necessarily more productive: Evidence from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand. Environmental Research Letters. Available here:

3. Ferraro, P.J., Hanauer, M.M., Miteva, D.A., Nelson, J.L., Pattanayak, S.K., Nolte, C., Sims, K.R.E., 2015. Estimating the impacts of conservation on ecosystem services and poverty by integrating modeling and evaluation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (24), 7420–7425. Available here:

4. Miteva, D.A., Loucks, C., Pattanayak, S.K., 2015. Social and environmental impacts of forest management certification in Indonesia. PLoS One. Available here:

5. Miteva, D.A., Murray, B.C., Pattanayak, S.K., 2015. Do protected areas reduce blue carbon emissions? A quasi-experimental evaluation of mangroves in Indonesia. Ecological Economics 119, 127–135. Available here:

6. Kennedy, C.M.*, Miteva, D.A.*, Baumgarten, L., Hawthorne, P.L., Sochi, K., Polasky, S., Oakleaf, J.R., Uhlhorn, E., Kiesecker, J. 2016. Bigger is better: Improved nature conservation and economic returns from landscape-level mitigation. Science Advances. * indicates co-lead authors. Available here:

7. Nelson E, Helmus M, Cavender-Bares J, Polasky S, Lasky JR, Zanne A, Pearse WD, Kraft NJB, Miteva DA, Fagan WF (2016) Gaps in the latitudinal production and consumption of plant diversity remain despite globalization. PLoS One. Available here:

8. Kennedy, C.M.*, Hawthorne, P.L.*, Miteva, D.A., Baumgarten, L., Sochi, K., Matsumoto, M., Evans, J., Polasky, S., Hamel, P., Monteiro Viera, E., Develey, P. F., Sekerciouglu, C.H., Davidson, A.D., Uhlhorn, E., Kiesecker, J., 2016. Optimizing land use decision-making to sustain Brazilian agricultural profits, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Biological Conservation. * indicates co-lead authors. Available here:

9. Sills E, de Sassi C, Jagger P, Lawlor K, Miteva DA, Pattanayak SK, Sunderlin W. (2017). Building the evidence base for REDD+:Evaluating the impacts of conservation interventions on human welfare. Global Environmental Change 43: 148-160. Available here:

10. Miteva, D.A., Kramer, R.A., Brown, Z.S., Smith, M.D., (2017). Spatial patterns of market participation regimes determined by location: An application of fuelwood collection in northern Uganda. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Available here:

11. Robinson, B., Masuda Y., Kelly, A., Holland, M., Bedford, C., Childress, M.; Fletschner, D., Game, E., Ginsburg, C., Hilhorst, T.; Lawry, S., Miteva, D.A., Musengezi, J., Naughton, L.; Nolte, C., Sunderlin, W., Veit, P. 2017. Incorporating land tenure security into conservation. Conservation Letters 00(0), 1–12. Available here:

12. Oakleaf JR, Matsumoto M, Kennedy C, Baumgarten L, Miteva DA, Sochi K, Kiesecker J. 2017. LegalGEO: Conservation Tool to Guide the Siting of Legal Reserves under the Brazilian Forest Code. Applied Geography 86, 53e65. Available here:

13. Griscom B, Adams J, Ellis P, Houghton RA, Lomax G, Miteva DA, Schlesinger WH, Shoch D, Woodbury P, Zganjar C, Blackman A, Campari J, Conant RT, Delgado C, Elias P, Hamsik M, Kiesecker J, Landis E, Polasky S, Putz FE, Sanderman J, Siikamäki J, Silvius M, Wollenberg, L, Fargione J. 2017. Natural pathways to climate mitigation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(44): 11645-11650. Available here:

14. Fargione JE, Bassett S, Boucher T, Bridgham S, Conant RT, Cook-Patton S, Ellis PW, Falcucci A, Forqurean J, Gopalakrishna T, Gu H, Henderson B, Hurteau MD, Kroeger KD, Kroeger T, Lark TJ, Leavitt SM, Lomax G, McDonald R, Megonigal JP, Miteva DA, Richardson C, Sanderman S, Shoch D, Spawn SA, Veldman JW, Williams CA, Woodbury P, Zganjar C, Baranski M, Elias P, Houghton RA, Landis E, Mcglynn E, Ohler S, Schlesinger WH, Siikamaki JV, Sutton-Grier AE, Griscom BW. 2018. “Natural Climate Solutions for the United States”. Science Advances. Available here:

15. Miteva DA, Brown ZS. 2018. "Impact of land tenure insecurity on farm investment: Evidence from northern Uganda". Ghanaian Journal of Economics 6(1): 21-42. Available here:

16. Miteva, D.A. 2019. “Integration of natural capital into development policies”. Oxford Review of Economic Policy 35(1): 162-181. Available here:

17. Burivalova, Z., Miteva, D.A., Salafsky, N., Wilcove, D. 2019. Trends in tropical forest conservation evidence. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Available here:

18. Miteva DA, Ellis PW, Ellis EA, Griscom BW. 2019. The role of property rights in resisting forest loss in the Yucatan Peninsula. PLOS ONE. Available here:

19. Masuda, Y.J., Kelly A., Robinson B.E., Holland M.B., Bedford C., Childress M., Game E.T., Ginsburg C., Hilhorst T., Lawry S., Miteva D.A.,Musengezi J., Naughton-Treves L., Sunderlin W., Veit P. 2020. “How do practitioners characterize land tenure security?”. Conservation Science and Practice: 2:e186. Available here:

20. Lee, J.*, D.A. Miteva*, K. Carlson, R. Heilmayr, O. Saif. (2020). “Does the oil palm certification create trade-offs between environment and development in Indonesia?”Environmental Research Letters: 15(12). *indicates co-lead authors. Available here:

21. Miteva D.A. and S.K. Pattanayak. (2021). “The effectiveness of protected areas in the context of decentralization”. World Development 142: 105446. Available here:

22. Chen, W**, J.E. Flatnes, D.A. Miteva, H.A. Klaiber. (Forthcoming). “Impact of deforestation on ecotourism: Evidence from citizen-science bird-watching data in Mexico”. Land Economics. Available here:

23. Cavender-Bares J, Nelson E, Meireles J, Lasky J, Miteva DA, Nowak D, Pearse W, Helmus M, Zanne A, Fagan W, Mihiar C, Muller N, Kraft N, Polasky S. (2022). “The hidden value of trees: quantifying the ecosystem services of tree lineages and their major threats across the continental US”. PLOS Sustainability & Transformation. Available here:

24. Xu, S.**, Klaiber, H.A.,Miteva, D.A. (2022).“Labor Market and Consumption Impacts of Conservation Policies in Developing Countries: Evidence from The Indonesia Moratorium”. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Available here:

25. Miteva D.A., S.K. Pattanayak, B.W. Griscom. (2022). “The impact of working forest lands on stemming deforestation in Indonesia”. In review.

26. Cheng, Y.S.**, and D.A. Miteva. (2022).Broken Forests: Forest fragmentation increases malaria incidence among young children in rural Liberia”. In review.

27. Miteva, D.A., Sarmiento, A., Navarrete, D., Sohngen, B., Kroeger, T., O, N.**, Zganjar, C. (2023). “The cost of climate change mitigation in Colombia”. In prep.

28. O, N**, Miteva, D.A., Lee, Y. 2023. “Impact of Korea’s emissions trading scheme on regulated firms”. In prep.

29. Chen, W**, H.A. Klaiber, D.A. Miteva (2022).Compensating Differentials of Rents, Wages and Agricultural Returns: The Quality-of-Life among Indonesian Regencies and Cities”. In prep.


* indicates co-lead authors

** indicates graduate students

***indicates undergraduate students

  1. Miller, A.**, Miteva, D.A,, Gopalakrishnan, S. (2023). “Optimal policies to promote wildlife conservation in a spatially heterogeneous landscape”.

  2. Miteva, D.A., Ellis, E.A., Ellis, P.W., Sills, E. O., Naples, C.***, Uematsu, C.***,Ward, D., Griscom, B.W. (2023). “Vertical integration Reduces Forest Loss in Mexican Common Property Resource systems”.

  3. O.N**, Miteva, D.A., Sohngen, B., (2023)“Costs of preserving forests in Indonesia”.

  4. Bocci, C.**, B. Sohngen, D.A. Miteva, B. Milian. (2022). “Assessing the private and social benefits of forest concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve”.

  5. Miteva, D.A., Sarmiento, A., Navarrete, D., Sohngen, B., Kroger, T., O, N.**, Zganjar, C., 2022. “Feasibility of Improved Silviopastural Systems for Climate Change Mitigation in Colombia”.

  6. Holland M.B., Y. J. Masuda, B. E. Robinson, C. Bedford, E. T. Game, A. Kelly, S. Lawry, D. A. Miteva,L. Naughton-Treves, W. Sunderlin, P. Veit. (2021). “The tenure gap as a source of land tenure insecurity”.

  7. Xu S.**, H. A. Klaiber and D. A. Miteva. (2022). " Natural Disasters and The Spatial Distribution of Labor and Productivity: Evidence from Indonesia". Working paper.

  8. Miteva D.A., S. K. Pattanayak. (2022). “What is good for the forest is good for the people? Evaluating the impacts of protected areas on ecosystem services and poverty in Indonesia.” Working paper.

  9. Miteva D.A.,N. Zappernick***, J. Rudulph, Z. S. Brown, D. Ocan, C. Oryema, and R.A. Kramer. (2021). “Patterns of change in post-conflict forests: Evidence from northern Uganda.”

  10. Miteva D.A.and S.K. Pattanayak. (2022). “Is decentralization bad for conservation? Evidence from Indonesia.” Working paper.

  11. Miteva D.A.,P.L. Hawthorne, L. Baumgarten, R.M. Griffin, J.R. Oakleaf M. Matsumoto, C.M. Kennedy, K. Sochi, and S. Polasky. (2019). “Spatial Targeting in Payments for Ecosystem Services: An Application to the Brazilian Cerrado.” Working paper.


  1. “Do biodiversity policies work? The case for Conservation Evaluation 2.0” with Subhrendu Pattanayak and Paul Ferraro, Ch. 12 in “Nature in the Balance: The Economics of Biodiversity”, (Eds) Dieter Helm & Cameron Hepburn, 2014 (lead: D. Miteva)

  2. "Ecosystem services and human well-being: A Case Study in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia" with Seth Binder, Amy Rosenthal, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Justin Johnson, Rebecca Traldi, Michael Anderson, Derric Pennington, Nirmal Bhagabati, 2013. Available here:

  3. "Targeting biofuels expansion to sustain production & environmental quality in Brazilian landscapes" with Christina Kennedy, Peter Hawthorne, Kei Sochi, Leandro Baumgarten, Elizabeth M. Uhlhorn, and Joe Kiesecker, Ch. 8 in “Energy Sprawl Solutions”, (Eds) J. Kiesecker & D. Naugle, 2017

  4. “National Policies” with Jan Börner, Thales West, Kathrine Sims, Allen Blackman, Sven Wunder, and Arild Angelsen, Ch. 7, 2018 in “Transforming REDD+”, CIFOR: Bogor, Indonesia. Available here:

  5. Contributing Author to IPBES 2019. The assessment report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 2019

  6. “Beyond the Traditional: Voluntary Market-Based Initiatives to Promote Land Tenure Security”with Lea Fortmann and Roan McNab. Chapter IIIC in Land tenure and sustainable development”, Eds. M. Holland, B.E. Robinson, Y. Masuda, Invited book chapter, 2022 (lead: D. Miteva). Available here: (Ch. 13)


“Research Handbook on Ecosystem Services” with Derric Pennington, Edward Elgar Publishing. Expected: 2024


Institute for Population Research seminar (2022), The Ohio State University

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2022), Rimini, Italy

Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics (TREE) seminar (2021), online

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economistsannual meeting (2021), online

Department of Natural Resources Management seminar, Texas Technical University, TX (2021),online

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2020), web session

Sustainability and Development conference (2019), Ann Arbor, MI

Environment for Development Forest Collaborative workshop (2018), Gothenburg, Sweden

Environment for Development annual meeting (2017), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

International Congress for Conservation Biology (2017), Cartagena, Colombia

ISEAL (July 2017), research webinar

Environment for Development Forest Collaborative workshop (2017), Athens, Greece

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2016), Zurich, Switzerland

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, University of Maine (2016), Orono, ME

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2015), Helsinki, Finland

World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (2014), Istanbul, Turkey

"Evaluating Forest Conservation Initiatives: New Tools and Policy Needs" workshop (2013), Barcelona, Spain

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2013), Toulouse, France

International Congress for Conservation Biology (2013), Baltimore, MD

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association annual meeting (2013), Washington, DC

Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) annual meeting (2013), San Diego, CA

Center for Environmental and Resource Policy (CAMP) Resources XIX Workshop (2012, 2011, 2010), Wilmington, NC

Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2012), Asheville, NC.

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists annual meeting (2012), Prague, Czech Republic.

SCB North America Congress for Conservation Biology (2012), Oakland, CA.

Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop (2011), Urbana-Champaign, IL.

International Population, Health, and Development Seminar (2011), Duke University, NC.

Mid-Atlantic ESA Meeting (2007). (Poster presentation)

Haverford College Student Research Symposium (2005). (Poster presentation)


“On the links between forest conservation and human health: Evidence from the developing world”, Institute for Population Research seminar (2022), The Ohio State University

“Climate change mitigation in developing countries”, Solve Climate 2030, The Ohio State University (2022), online

“Planning for sustainable development”, Sustainable Agriculture for the Protection of Species and Habitatsworkshop, Bulgaria (2021), online

“Harnessing local knowledge and global data to promote sustainability”with Natalia Zappernick**, oral presentation, Community Outreach Conference, Columbus, OH (Jan. 2019).

“Biodiversity policy: What works, what doesn’t?” workshop participant, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018)

Technical report:

“Conservation Evaluation 3.0: What’s next for policy analysis? Asking and answering the right questions”Policy Forum presentation, oral presentation, World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018)


Making Ends Meet: Exploring Ways to Conserve Biodiversity in Rural Uganda”, Duke University SIDG/Lazar Foundation, 06/2009-07/2009 ($2,000)

“Harnessing the ecosystem services of vacant lots to promote sustainability and resilience in Cleveland, OH", The Steam Factory, 2017-2018 ($15,000), Co-PI with Mary Gardiner and Frances Sivakoff, the Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University

“Harnessing the ecosystem services of vacant lots to promote sustainability and resilience in Cleveland, OH", The Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, 2017-2018 ($49,000), Co-PI with Mary Gardiner and Frances Sivakoff (Entomology), Ryan Winston (Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering), and Mary Rodriguez (Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership), The Ohio State University

“Integrating ecosystem services in the design of a biodiesel facility in Cincinnati”, The Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme, 2017-2018 ($47,881), Co-PI with Bhavik Bakshi (Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering) and Antonio Conejo (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

“Natural Climate Solutions for Indonesia, China, and Colombia”, sub-award from TNC, 04/2020-03/2021 ($32,000)

"Palmexpand: Social, Economic, and Environmental Impacts of Oil Palm Expansion in Indonesia". French National Research Agency. Research Grant. 2020-2023. Co-PI with Cécile Bessou (CIRAD); Damien Arvor (University of Rennes);Jérémie Gignoux, François Libois, and Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann (Paris School of Economics) (355,971.84 €)

“Evaluating the impacts of Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)”, with Derric Pennington, Amit Pradhananga, OSU sub-award from the University of Minnesota 2020-2021 ($50,000)

“REmote Sensing for Forest Renewal, Ecosystem Services (REFRESH)” with CK Chum (PI), Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Joyce Chen, Samuel Malloy, Thomas Darrah, Junyi Guo, Yuanyan Jia, Peter Luk, Priya Kurle (The Ohio State University).


Postdoctoral Researcher. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA (June 2013-August 2016)

Research Assistant. Duke University, Durham, NC (2009-2012)

Research Assistant. Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (Summer 2008, Spring 2006)

Research Technician. Supervisor: W. Bridgeland, PhD candidate, N. Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (Summer 2007)

Summer Fellow. Supervisor: Dr. Neal Williams, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (Summer 2006, Summer 2005)


European Environmental Agency travel grant (Summer 2012, Summer 2013)

Nicholas School Conference travel award (Fall 2012, Summer 2012)

Duke University Graduate School conference travel fellowship (Summer 2012, Fall 2012)

HEARTLAND Workshop travel grant (Fall 2011)

E3 Network Workshop travel grant (Winter 2009)

National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education Robert R. Churchill Memorial Prize for Student Scholarship in GIS (Summer 2007)-awarded to one student from one of the 80 participating colleges

Bryn Mawr College Jean Quistgaard Prize for Excellence in Economics (Spring 2007)-awarded annually to one senior for excellence in Economics

Bryn Mawr College Elizabeth S. Shippen Scholarship in Science (Spring 2006)-awarded annually to one junior for excellence in the study of natural sciences

Bryn Mawr College Mildred Bach Scholarship (Fall 2003-Spring 2007)-full scholarship awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement and financial need upon admission


European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists


Referee: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Conservation Letters; Agroforestry Systems; International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management; Journal of Environment and Development; Environmental and Resource Economics; Diversity; Environmental & Development Economics; Journal of Environmental Planning & Management; PLoS One; Environmental Research Letters; Ecology and Society; Forest Ecology & Management; Conservation Biology; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B; Marine Economics; Nature Sustainability; Land Economics; Forest Economics; Ecological Economics; Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics; PNAS; Nature Ecology & Evolution

Reviewer, “Transforming REDD+”, CIFOR 2018

Technical Advisory Group member, the VIA initiative ( 2016-2017

Discussant & session chair: ASSA 2021

Working group on market-based conservation interventions, The Meridian Institute/Moore Foundation (Dec. 2016-Aug. 2018)

Advisory Board, Bauersachs Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2013-)

Climate Change Workshop Advisory Board, NAREA (2016-2017)

Primary and co-advisor

Shang (Shawn) Xu (dissertation co-advisor, PhD, The Ohio State University, 2017-2019),

Gina Price (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2018-2022)

Nyonho O (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2018-2022)

Samuel Cheng (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2018-Expected 2023)

Andrew Miller (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2018- Expected 2023)

Committee member:

Matthew Borden (Master thesis, Duke University, 2016);

Corinne Bocci (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2017-2019)

Shelby Stults (Master thesis, The Ohio State University, 2017-2018)

Wei Chen (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2018-2019)

Osama Sajid (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2020-2021)

Bingcai Liu (PhD, The Ohio State University, Expected Spring 2023)

Julia Hélie (PhD, Paris School of Economics, Expected Spring 2024)

Karan Shakya (PhD, The Ohio State University, Expected 2025)

Yining Wu (PhD, The Ohio State University, Expected 2025)

Graduate faculty representative:

  • Yuanhao Zhao, Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University (Spring 2017)

  • Tania Burgos-Hernandez, Ph.D candidate from the Graduate Program in Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University (Fall 2019)

  • R. Hernandez Palomares, Ph. D candidate from the Mathematics Department, The Ohio State University (Spring 2021)

  • Jordan Ramsey, Ph.D candidate, Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University (Fall 2022)

External examiner: Courtney Leslie Morgans, PhD candidate from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland (Spring 2019)

Volunteer, Green Balkans Federation of Conservation NGOs, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2001-2011)

Volunteer, Bryn Mawr College Greens Club, Bryn Mawr, PA ( 2003-2006)

OSU service:

AEDE Chair Search Committee member, The Ohio State University (08/2022-12/2022)

Academic Affairs Committee member, The Ohio State University (09/2021-)

Seminar committee member, The Ohio State University (02/2017-09/2021)

Graduate Studies committee member, The Ohio State University (03/2017-09/2021)

University panel on ecosystem services committee member, The Ohio State University (2017-2018)


Courses taught as primary instructor at OSU:

AEDE 4330. Sustainability: Concepts & Methods. Fall 2016-

AEDE 6330. Cost Benefit Analysis: Fall 2020-

AEDE 8404. Program Evaluation. Fall 2022

AEDE 8103. Doctoral reading/writing seminar: Fall 2021

AEDE 7310. Advanced Environmental Economics. Fall 2017-2019

AEDE 4567. Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience. Fall 2017

Teaching assistant at Duke U.:

Environmental and Resource Economics. Fall 2008, 2012; Spring 2011

Global Environmental Health. Fall 2009 and Fall 2010.

Social Science Survey Methods. Spring 2010.

Electric Power Markets. Spring 2012

Energy Modeling. Spring 2009.

Principles of Economics. Spring 2006


English, Bulgarian, German (proficient), Russian (proficient)


Stata, R, ESRI ArcGIS