Sathya Gopalakrishnan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University. She is also on the faculty of the Environmental Science Graduate Program and a founding member and Director of the STEAM Factory at OSU. Sathya’s research is motivated by an interest in applying economic theory to explore ubiquitous interdependencies between human decisions and biophysical processes that impact natural resources. Sathya’s work specifically focuses on coupled models of complex human and natural systems; non-market valuation of environmental amenities and risks; and bioeconomic analysis, applied to coastal and water resources.
Her work is at the frontier in exploring resource management problems in which biophysical and economic systems are linked by spatial-dynamic processes, such as climate adaptation along an extended coastline. Her research is published in field journals in applied economics and reaches a broad scientific audience across disciplines. She has received funding for her research through national and state grants from the National Science Foundation and the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center.