Gina Shamshak

Associate ProfessorEconomics, Environmental Studies

Gina Shamshak is an environmental and natural resource economist who specializes in fisheries and aquaculture economics. Her dissertation research examined the economics of offshore bluefin tuna aquaculture in the United States by developing a dynamic stochastic bioeconomic model of this formof production. More recently, she has published work on the global geoduck market. Her current research examines local foods markets as a way for the Georgia seafood industry to expand their market options. This research effort involves conducting an estimation of willingness to pay for locally caught seafood in inland seafood markets and the development of an enterprise budget for entrepreneurs looking to transport wild caught species to and from Atlanta-area farmers markets or restaurants. Wherever possible, she looks to bring her research into the classroom as a way to motivate and demonstrate economic concepts in action. Plus, she cannot resist a good fish story or example.

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Publications

Bast, Ellen (Former Goucher Student) and Gina L. Shamshak. 2015. "Environmental Problems facing the US Economy" in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Ed. Robert Rycroft. ABC-CLIO.

Shamshak, Gina L. and Jonathan King. 2015. "From Cannery to Culinary Luxury: The Evolution of the Global Geoduck Market (PDF)." Marine Policy. Volume 55. 81-89.

Shamshak, Gina L. 2011."Economic Evaluation of Capture-Based Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture on the US East Coast (PDF)." Marine Resource Economics. Volume 26(4). 309-328.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2011. "Application of a Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model to Evaluate the Economics of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture in the United States." Stickney, R., R. Iwamoto, and M. Rust (Editors). Interactions of Fisheries and Fishing Communities Related to Aquaculture: Proceedings of the 38th US-Japan Natural Resources Aquaculture Panel Symposium. Corpus Christi, Texas. October 26 - October 27, 2009. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/SPO-113.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2011. (In Spanish) "Ventajas de la produccion de proteina frente al incremento en el costo de alimentos: identificando oportunidades en la industria acuicola" Panorama Acuicola Mayo-Junio 2011. Vol. 16. No. 4.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2010. Protein Production Advantages in the Face of Increasing Feed Costs: Identifying Opportunities within the Aquaculture Industry. Bulletin of Fisheries Research Agency. No. 31. 55-62.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2009. “Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture,” Aquaculture Economics and Management, Vol. 13:2. 155-175.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2008. “Chapter 4: Future Aquaculture Feeds and Feed Costs: The Role of Fish Meal and Fish Oil,” Offshore Aquaculture in the United States: Economic Considerations, Implications and Opportunities, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Aquaculture Program, Silver Spring, MD, July 2008.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2008. “Chapter 5: Lessons From the Development of the US Broiler and Catfish Industries: Implications for Offshore Aquaculture in the United States,” Offshore Aquaculture in the United States: Economic Considerations, Implications and Opportunities, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Aquaculture Program, Silver Spring, MD, July 2008.

Anderson, James L. and Gina L. Shamshak. 2008. "Chapter 11: Future Markets for Aquaculture Products," In Offshore Aquaculture in the United States: Economic Considerations, Implications and Opportunities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Aquaculture Program Silver Spring, MD. July 2008.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty 2014-2015, Goucher College

Honorable Mention, Best Student Paper, North American Association of Fisheries Economists 2011 Conference Honolulu, Hawaii

International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management (IAAEM) Dissertation of the Year, 2010

Honorable Mention, Best Student Paper, North American Association of Fisheries Economists 2009 Conference Newport, Rhode Island

Thomas Weaver Award: Outstanding Contribution to the URI Academic Community, 2008-2009

Knauss Sea Grant Fellow, National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington, DC, 2005-2006

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

Shamshak, Gina L. 2017. “Evaluating the Economic Viability of Inland Seafood Markets in Georgia: A Two Pronged Approach.” Presented at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Conference, La Paz, Baja California Mexico. March 21-24, 2017.

Shamshak, Gina L. 2015. “Assessing the Willingness to Pay for Local Seafood in Georgia’s Farmers Markets and CSAs.” Presented at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Conference, Ketchikan, Alaska. May 20-22, 2015.

Shamshak, Gina L., William Daly*, and Joseph Fink*. 2013. “Economic Evaluation of Lettuce Production at Goucher College.”  Presented by student authors at the Fifth Annual Landmark Conference Summer Research Symposium Poster Session. Susquehanna University, Susquehanna, PA. July 24, 2013.

Shamshak, Gina L. 2012. “Economic Evaluation of Capture-Based Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture on the US East Coast.” Presented at AQUA 2012, Prague, Czech Republic. September 1-5, 2012.

Shamshak, Gina L. 2012. “Economic Evaluation of Capture-Based Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture on the US East Coast.” Presented at the Special Session: Tuna Aquaculture and Stock Management for Sustainability.  Aquaculture America, Las Vegas, Nevada. February 29- March 2, 2012.

Shamshak, Gina L. 2011. “Economic Evaluation of Capture-Based Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture on the US East Coast.” Presented at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. May 11-13, 2011.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2009. “Application of a Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model to Evaluate the Economics of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture.”  Presented at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE) Conference, Newport, Rhode Island.  May 17-20, 2009.  

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2008. “Development of a Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model to Evaluate the Economics of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture.”  Presented at the biennial conference of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET).  Nha Trang, Vietnam. July 2008. 

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2007. “Managing for Sustainability: The Role of the Government in Establishing a Sustainable Aquaculture Industry.” Presented at the biennial conference of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE), Merida, Mexico, March 2007.

Invited Talks

Shamshak, Gina L. 2013. “Assessing the Feasibility of Capture-Based and Closed-Cycle Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture in the United States & Globally: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions.” Keynote Presentation at the Special Session on Tuna Aquaculture. Aquaculture America 2013, Nashville, Tennessee. February 21-25, 2013. 

Shamshak, Gina L. 2012. “Assessing the Economic Feasibility of Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture in the United States: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions.” Presented at the Global Center of Excellence Program, Kinki University, Kushimoto, Japan. November 23-24, 2012.

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2009. “Application of a Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model to Evaluate the Economics of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture in the United States.” Presented at the 38th US-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture.  Corpus Christi, Texas. October 25 –31, 2009. 

Shamshak, Gina L. and James L. Anderson. 2008. “Protein Production Advantages in the Face of Increasing Feed Costs: Identifying Opportunities within the Aquaculture Industry” Presented at the 37th US-Japan Natural Resources Panel on Aquaculture.  Yokohama, Japan. October 28 –29, 2008. 

Academic or Professional Associations

North American Association of Fisheries Economists, International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management