José Soto

Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2013; Food & Resource Economics
(520) 621-1054
ENR2 418
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment; Courtesy Appointment Agricultural & Resource Economics

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Soto’s research centers on the modeling of coupled natural-human systems at different spatial and temporal scales—for both fundamental insight and practical real-world applications. His current focus involves the use of non-market valuation and survey-based methodologies to examine ecosystem services, which are embedded in complex, social-ecological systems. He collaborates with natural scientists, along with local, state, and federal land managers to investigate issues related to wildlife, climate change, forest water yield, carbon sequestration, and invasive species. 

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors

2016–2017 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Postdoctoral Fellow
2012 American Society of Hispanic Economists Dissertation Fellowship Award

Selected Publications

Rubino, E.C., Pienaar, E.F. and Soto, J.R., 2018. Structuring Legal Trade in Rhino Horn to Incentivize the Participation of South African Private Landowners. Ecological Economics, 154, pp.306–316.

White, A.E., Lutz, D.A., Howarth, R.B., and Soto, J.R., 2018. Small-scale forestry and carbon offset markets: An empirical study of Vermont Current Use forest landowner willingness to accept carbon credit programs. PloS one, 13(8), p.e0201967.

Soto, J.R., Escobedo, F.J., Khachatryan, H. and Adams, D.C., 2018. Consumer demand for urban forest ecosystem services and disservices: examining trade-offs using choice experiments and best-worst scaling. Ecosystem Services, 29, pp.31–39.

Kreye, M.M., E.F. Pienaar, J.R., Soto, and Adams, D.C., 2017. Creating Voluntary Payment Programs: Effective Program Design and Ranchers’ Willingness to Conserve Florida Panther Habitat. Land Economics, 93(3): pp. 459–480.

Susaeta, A., Adams, D.C., Soto, J.R., and Hulcr, J. 2017. Expected Timber-Based Economic Impacts of a Wood-Boring Beetle (Acanthotomicus sp.) that Kills American Sweetgum. Journal of Economic Entomology, 110 (4), pp.1942–1945.

Susaeta, A., Adams, D. C., Gonzalez-Benecke, C., and Soto, J. R., 2017. Economic Feasibility of Managing Loblolly Pine Forests for Water Production under Climate Change in the Southeastern United States. Forests, 8(3), p.83.

Kreye, M.M., Adams, D.C., Escobedo, F.J., and Soto, J.R., 2016. Does Policy Process Influence Public Values for Forest-Water Resource Protection in Florida? Ecological Economics, 129, pp.122–131.

Susaeta, A., Soto, J.R., Adams, D.C., and Allen, D., 2016. Economic Sustainability of Payments for Water Yield in Slash Pine Plantations in Florida. Water, 8(9), p.382.

Susaeta, A., Soto, J.R., Adams, D.C., Carter, D.R., and Hulcr, J., 2016. Pre-invasion Economic Assessment of Invasive Species Prevention: A Putative Ambrosia Beetle in Southeastern Loblolly Pine Forests. Journal of Environmental Management, 183, pp.875–881.

Soto, J.R., Adams, D.C., and Escobedo, F.J., 2016. Landowner Attitudes and Willingness to Accept Compensation from Forest Carbon Offsets: Application of Best-Worst Choice Modeling in Florida USA. Forest Policy and Economics63, pp.35–42.