Carson Reeling

Carson Reeling (ESPP and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics) has been studying economics since he was an undergrad. After receiving a bachelors in economics and Spanish from the University of San Diego, he went on to Purdue University.

"I went to Purdue wanting to study water scarcity—I was really fascinated by water policy and water resource management," says Reeling. "That was stupid, though, since the only problem with water quantity in Central Indiana is that there is usually too much of it. So, while at Purdue, I found myself increasingly interested in Midwestern agriculture, and particularly how row crop agriculture affects environmental quality."

His master's work at Purdue looked at the intersection of economics, ecology, and policy through an applied research project, which examined the potential for using economics to exploit the biogeochemical connection between greenhouse gas emissions and water pollutants. Biogeochemistry studies the cycles of chemical elements and their interaction with living things.

Reeling will continue his work on Midwest agriculture at MSU where he is working with Scott Swinton (Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics). This research will address improved environmental quality along with agricultural outputs. "A little work on adoption of agricultural practices," says Reeling, and the "resilience of agricultural systems to climate change or other environmental stressors." Joining ESPP will support his interest in proposing solutions to the challenges the agriculture industry faces.

As he has continued his education, Reeling finds he's increasingly interested in pursuing a career outside academia. "I want to apply what I'm learning and what I know to the real world," he explains. For Reeling, this means looking to government entities like the Natural Resources Conservation Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.