Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at Penn State University
Karen Fisher-Vanden is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Fisher-Vanden holds a B.S in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics both from UC Davis, a M.S. in Management Science from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. She was a Lead Author of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report Working Group III, and a previous member of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Product Development Advisory Committee and lead author of a congressionally-mandated CCSP report on global change scenarios. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and was a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board on Economy-wide modeling. Her areas of research include economic and integrated assessment modeling for climate change impacts and policy analysis; economic instruments for pollution control; and technology development in developing countries (in particular, China) and implications for energy use and carbon emissions. She is currently co-PI and co-director of two large externally-funded research projects: (1) Program on Coupled Human and Earth Systems (PCHES) and (2) Research in Integrated Assessment, Inter-Model Development, Testing and Diagnostics (PIAMDDI), both funded by the US Department of Energy.