Dr. Olesya Savchenko is an Assistant Professor in the University of Florida/IFAS Department of Food and Resource Economics. She earned her Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Illinois and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware’s Center for Experimental and Applied Economics. Dr. Savchenko is affiliated with the UF Water Institute and is a fellow at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Center of Excellence.
Dr. Savchenko’s research uses experimental economics methods and non-market valuation techniques to quantify the impact of human behavioral changes on natural systems and to inform and evaluate agri-environmental policies. She is particularly interested in studying policy-relevant issues related to the management of water resources. Dr. Savchenko’s research has been published in the top journals in the field of agricultural and applied economics. Her most recent work explores household adoption of water quality best management practices, evaluates public perceptions of aquatic invasive species management, and quantifies the economic impacts of harmful algal blooms. Dr. Savchenko teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental economics and policy, international trade policy in agriculture, and strategic agribusiness management.