|Dr. David Martin is a professor of economics at Davidson College, North Carolina where he teaches environmental and natural resource economics as well as environmental studies, statistics, econometrics and finance. His primary research interest is land conservation policy. Dr. Martin’s research publications focus on environmental policy and applications of econometrics. He became interested in Indian environmental policy issues in 1994-1995 when as a Fulbright Fellow he taught environmental management at Bishop Heber College, Tamil Nadu and served as a guide for two M.Sc. theses. At Davidson College, he helped to develop the new interdisciplinary environmental studies major and now serves as one of the program’s core faculty members. He has received awards at Davidson College in recognition of his teaching and community service.
Dr. Martin has been very engaged in local civic affairs. He was elected to three two-year terms to the Town of Davidson’s Board of Commissioners and has since served on several town committees. He is active in regional land conservation, including having served on the Board of Directors of two local nonprofit land conservancies.
As a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar, Dr. Martin will examine issues related to the water flows to Keoladeo National Park (KNP) in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The goal of his Fulbright project, “Value of Gambhir River Water,” is to assess in two ways the effects of impounding the Gambhir River (Rajasthan) behind the Panchana Dam beginning in 2004. Now the river flows to downstream farmers and to the KNP, a World Heritage site and a Ramsar wetland, only when the monsoon rains are very good. First, to learn the resulting share of benefits and costs between the up- and the downstream farmers, he will compile and analyze a village-level data set from Rajasthan’s agricultural data. Second, to learn the value of the changes in the natural ecology at KNP, he will conduct a travel-cost study to learn the value visitors place on KNP’s ecology compared to that of alternative tourist sites.