Peter is currently a Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. His principal research interests lie in the economic valuation of changes in environmental quality. His most recent research programme has involved agri-environmental issues, such as BMP adoption in agriculture for environmental improvements and the economics costs and benefits of wetland drainage and restoration. He is currently involved in examining market based approaches to increasing the provision of ecosystem services such as procurement auctions and offset programs for water quality improvements.
Vic is also a Professor in the Department of Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He is currently the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. Vic’s main research areas include environmental valuation, economic assessment of environmental change, and modeling consumer choice behavior. His research interests also include the incorporation of economic perspectives into sustainable forest management and the development and implementation of economic instruments for environmental protection.
Vic was the Scientific Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence, from 1998 to 2004. He was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences, in 2007. In 2001-2002 he was a Gilbert White Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington DC.