Susan M. Capalbo

Department Head
207 Ballard Extension Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3601
541.737.5639 (Office)
541.737.2563 (FAX)

Economics, Mitigation, and Adaptation: Decision-Making for Climate Change and Sustainability (PowerPoint)
presented at November 2013 ATS 320.

Projects while at MSU:

Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership


Climate Change and GHG Mitigation

Women in Research & Teaching


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of California-Davis, 1982

Biographical Sketch

Susan Capalbo accepted the position of Department Head for the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University in 2008. The AREC department offers two undergraduate degrees, participates in the Applied Economics Graduate program, and provides an online degree and classes.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are involved in research and outreach, and are supported by external grants and projects. 

Dr. Capalbo has been involved in the economics of climate change, carbon sequestration and integrated policy analysis and tradeoff assessment for the past 20 years. She is currently the co-PI on a USDA NIFA grant addressing adaptation of cereal production to climate change, a student-center National Needs Fellowship grant and numerous other cross disciplinary projects funded by NSF, NOAA, USDA and DOE. While at Montana State University, she was the Director of the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership, addressing the opportunities and challenges for carbon sequestration in both geological and terrestrial sinks. In addition to the recent research on climate change and carbon sequestration, Dr. Capalbo has been involved in integrating science and economics in addressing issues of sustainable agricultural policies in both developed and developing countries.  She co-edited two books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and received the WAEA Distinguished scholar award in 2012 for her research, mentoring of STEM students, and academic leadership.

Dr. Capalbo has developed an extensive program in the area of interdisciplinary science research and promoting women in the research arena. As the Director of Special Projects in the MSU VPR Office, Dr. Capalbo was awarded several diversity and social science research collaborative grants including an NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award to advance women as research leaders. She was awarded a Marie Tharp Fellowship through the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the NSF ADVANCE program to integrate her research and leadership in area of climate change and economics of clean coal technology on a national and global basis.

Dr. Capalbo received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California-Davis in 1982. She is currently on the faculty at OSU, Department Head and Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Past positions included Professor at MSU, Fellow at Resources for the Future, and visiting appointments at Columbia, UC-Davis, and University of Maryland.