Working at the Boundaries of Economics and Natural Science

About Our Work


We build tools to support innovation in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. From economic and systems analysis to technology transfer and commercialization, we help businesses, nonprofits, and public agencies achieve a clearer understanding of their impacts on the world, and how the world, in turn, impacts their operations.

We bring together industry leaders, scientists, and other systems thinkers to develop creative responses to overcome hard problems and support long-term, equitable economic development and sustainable land use practices.

Our work is dedicated to supporting decision makers who want to enhance their role in providing environmental and social benefits to the broader community – citizens, consumers, and businesses – and working with land stewards to maintain, restore, and enhance the ecosystems that provide them.

Photo credit: Oregon State University Extension

Projects: Building New Tools for Pollinator Habitat Enhancement

We are excited to share that our pollinator habitat enhancement project was selected for Regen Network's Community Funding Program. We will be working on new cooperative models to design, fund, and sustain pollinator habitat creation on working lands using innovative ecological modeling and governance tools. We look forward to supporting regenerative practices in the Willamette Valley starting in 2022.

Fundable Concepts for Research in Land and Environmental Systems

Over the years I have kept a running tab of research questions related to environmental, agricultural, natural resource, and urban economics. These are often multi-disciplinary, dealing with questions around technology, equity, individual-versus-collective interests, and community well-being. I would like to share some of these ideas...(more)

Projects: Optical Scouting Tools for Crop Health

In July 2019, we were awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant by the National Science Foundation to develop remote sensing products to monitor insect populations in agriculture. Our focus in 2020 and 2021 will be on extending this work into additional crop health and management tools for growers of high-value crops who want to make informed agronomic decisions, extend the reach of time-strapped field personnel, and take action before problems arise.

Projects: Open Source Environmental Technology

Integrative Economics joined soil science experts, practitioners of regenerative land management, and blockchain technologists for the Reversapalooza gathering in Seattle in April 2018. Kyle Birchard appeared on a panel discussing open source technologies used in environmental and ecological applications. We have been working to quantify the market for carbon storage and support efforts to design a new platform to pay for carbon sequestration on farmland.

Projects: Multi-Benefit Environmental Restoration

The Flood Control 2.0 project created tools to evaluate economic impacts of new flood risk management alternatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, evaluating tidal marsh restoration in highly urbanized watersheds. We helped estimate the value of restoration benefits, including recreational uses and the expansion of habitat for protected species.
Visit the Flood Control 2.0 Toolbox here.


PO Box 83213, Portland, OR 97283


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