Charles Abdalla, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., Resource Economics, Michigan State University, 1985
I conduct applied studies on a variety of natural resource development and environmental issues and policies in Pennsylvania, the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region, and the U.S. These topics include: land use conflicts, water quantity and quality management, air/water impacts from animal agricultural operations, evaluation of watershed scale and market-like approaches to environmental management, and impacts of development and use of traditional (fossil fuel-based) and renewable/alternative energy sources.
My current extension teaching is focused on existing and alternative policies and institutions to address the significant environmental, social and other impacts resulting from development and use of non-renewable energy sources, including shale gas from the Marcellus formation in Pennsylvania and several surrounding states) and renewable energy sources. Also, I teach programs that help audiences understand proposals for market-like approaches to environmental management (e.g., water quality credit trading, ecosystem service markets) and ways that such proposals can be evaluated.
Recent Selected Publications
Abdalla, C. and J. Drohan. 2010. Water Withdrawals for Development of Marcellus Shale Gas in Pennsylvania. Penn State Cooperative Extension, University Park, PA. 12 pp.
Saacke Blunk, K., Borisova, T., Abdalla C. and D. Parker. A Primer on Water Quality Credit Trading in the Mid-Atlantic Region. University Park, PA. 6 pp. (Nov. 2006, revised April 2009). Nutrient & Water Policy Update
Abdalla, C. Land Use Policy: Lessons from Water Quality Markets. Choices. 23(4):22-28, Fourth Quarter (2008) Choices Magazine
Abdalla, C., Borisova, T., Parker, D. and K. Saacke Blunk. Water Quality Credit Trading and Agriculture: Recognizing the Challenges and Policy Issues Ahead. Choices. Second Quarter, (June 2007). Choices Magazine
Abdalla, C.W. Environmental Issues. The Future of Animal Agriculture in North America. Farm Foundation. (April 2006).
Ishler, V., Dodd, A., Abdalla, C., Martin, G., Meinen, R.J., Mikesell, R.E. and J.L. Weld. Agricultural Environmental Programming in Pennsylvania: Increasing Visibility and Relevancy of Extension. Journal of Extension. 44(4). (Aug. 2006). Journal of Extension
Lanyon, L.E., Arrington, K.R., Abdalla, C.W. and D.B. Beegle. Phosphorus Budgets for Pennsylvania Cropland: 1939 to 2002. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 61(2): 51-58. (March/April 2006).
Ready, R.C. and C.W. Abdalla. The Amenity and Disamenity Impacts of Agriculture: Estimates from a Hedonic Pricing Model. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 87(2): 314-326. (May 2005).
Ready, R. and C. Abdalla. 2003. The Impact of Open Space and Potential Local Disamenities on Residential Property Values in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Staff Paper 363. 15 pp.
Ready, R. and C. Abdalla. 2003. GIS Analysis of Land Use on the Rural-Urban Fringe: The Impact of Land Use and Potential Local Disamenities on Residential Property Values and on the Location of Residential Development in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Staff Paper 364. Final Report. 56 pp.