Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Zidong Wang

Zidong Wang

My work with Faculty Fellow Dr. Stephen Polasky is a major part of my doctoral dissertation.  My research is about the policy analysis of climate change, agriculture and renewable energy.  Dr. Polasky’s work focuses on issues at the intersection of ecology and economics and includes the impacts of land use and land management on the provision and value of ecosystem services and natural capital, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental regulation, renewable energy, and common property resources. The fellowship gives me the opportunity to work under his guidance and bring ecosystem evaluation into my current research, which is an important perspective in policy impact analysis. We have already submitted our current work to the inaugural Texas A&M Conference on Energy this coming September. Next, we plan to continue working on the project and target at several publication. This experience to work Dr. Polasky has benefited me immensely, broadening my view and giving me the access to research frontiers few professors here have been working on. We agreed to continue our collaboration after this HEEP fellowship appointment as well.


Agricultural Economics

Graduation Year

May 2017

Degree Type


Fellowship Year(s)

'15 - '16

Previous Education

M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics - University of Tennessee - '11
B.S. in Agricultural Economics - Renmin University of China - '07


Bruce A. McCarl


1. Wang, Z., Polasky, S., McCarl, B.A. (2016). Biomass Cofiring and Its Impact on Land Use Change and Ecosystem Service under Clean Power Plan. inaugural Texas A&M Conference on Energy

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