College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Labs & Centers


The Symons Hall Experimental Laboratory

The AREC SHEL is a research group specializing in social science experiments. We operate a 24 station computer lab, located in 0115 Symons Hall.

In addition to research conducted by UMD faculty and students, the SHEL fosters collaboration with other organizations working at the forefront of experimental and behavioral economics research.  

The department also offers an advanced class, AREC 815, Applications of Experimental and Behavioral Economics, intended for PhD students in the AREC and economics departments. PhD students from other departments are welcome to enroll provided they have adequate training in economics and math. Specifically, the following are required: a one-year graduate (PhD level) sequence in microeconomics which covers consumer theory, game theory, contract theory, and general equilibrium; and a graduate course in econometrics introducing linear
regression and maximum likelihood estimation. The aim of this course is to train you to design and implement "lab experiments in the field" and to analyze the data generated therein using a range of theoretical and empirical tools.

Neslihan Uler
Laboratory Director

AREC Assistant Professor

The First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE)

The FIRE program is designed to unite research and educational goals through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. AREC sponsors the Sustainability Analytics stream.

Recent advances in computing and data availability have allowed researchers to draw conclusions linking climatic events to social outcomes. FIRE Sustainability Analytics uses quantitative methods to understand the socioeconomic consequences of climate change and the unintended consequences of change-mitigating policies.

Research methods involve combining various sources of satellite data to analyze physical and societal changes. The 2019 cohort is studying how commercial fishers under different management regimes respond to the 2015 El Niño by combining sea surface temperature data from NOAA and live vessel tracking data from Global Fishing Watch.

Thanicha Ruangmas
Research Educator

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