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Dr. Aaron Anderson

Contact information

Title: Research Economist

Address: USDA, National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 LaPorte Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Telephone: (970) 266-6264

Fax: (970) 266-6157


NWRC Research Program:
Economic Research of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Methods and Applications 


Ph.D., Colorado State University, Economics (Econometrics)

M.S., Auburn University, Economics

B.S., Auburn University, Business Administration 


Current Research:

  • Building computer models to optimize canine rabies management in South Africa
  • Using deep learning to predict damaging bird strikes at US airports
  • Sentiment analysis and topic modeling of social media content related to wild pigs



Dr. Anderson earned a PhD from Colorado State University studying applied econometrics. He has worked at NWRC since 2010 and also serves as a faculty affiliate in the CSU Department of Economics.


Holderieath, J.J., D.L. Pendell, J.C. Hadrich, A. Anderson, C. Slootmaker, E. Harper, and S.A. Shwiff. 2018. Valuing the absence of feral swine in the United States: A partial equilibrium approach. Crop Protection 112:63-66. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2018.05.004

Shwiff, S., S. Shwiff, J. Holderieath, W. Haden-Chomphosy, and A. Anderson. 2018. Economics of invasive species damage and damage management. pgs. 35-59. In: W.C. Pitt, J.C. Beasley, and G.W Witmer, editors. Ecology and Management of terrestrial vertebrate invasive species in the United States. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 403 pp.

Shwiff, S.A., K.L. Ernest, S.L. Degroot, and A.M. Anderson. 2017. The economic impact of blackbird damage to crops. In: G.M. Linz, M.L. Avery, and R.A. Dolbeer, editors. Ecology and management of blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Pgs. 207-216.

Anderson, A., C. Slootmaker, E. Harper, J. Holderieath, and S.A. Shwiff. 2016. Economic estimates of feral swine damage and control in 11 US states. Crop Protection 89:89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2016.06.023

Elser, J.L., A. Anderson, C.A. Lindell, N. Dalsted, A. Bernasek, and S.A. Shwiff. 2016. Economic impacts of bird damage and management in U.S. sweet cherry production. Crop Protection 83:9-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2016/01/014

Elser, J.L., L.L. Bigler, A.M. Anderson, J.L. Maki, D.H. Lein, and S.A. Shwiff. 2016. The economics of a successful raccoon rabies elimination program on Long Island, New York.PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(12)e0005062. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005062

Harper, E., A. Anderson, C. Slootmaker, J. Holderieath, and S.A. Shwiff. 2016. A survey of feral swine damage in a selection of U.S. States. Proceedings of the 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference 27:136-139.

Hatch, B., A. Anderson, M. Sambo, M. Maziku, G. Mchau, E. Mbunda, Z. Mtema, C.E. Rupprecht, S.A. Shwiff, and L. Nel. 2016. Towards canine rabies elimination in south-eastern Tanzania: Assessment of health economic data. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. In press. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12463

Shwiff, S.A., B. Hatch, A. Anderson, J.H. Nel, K. Leroux, D. Stewart, M. de Scally, P. Govender, and C.E. Rupprecht. 2016. Towards canine rabies elimination in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Assessment of health economic data. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 63:408-415. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12283

Shwiff, S.A., S.J. Sweeney, J.L. Elser, R.S. Miller, M.L. Farnsworth, P. Nol, S.S. Shwiff, and A.M. Anderson. 2016. A benefit-cost analysis decision framework for mitigation of disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface. Human-Wildlife Interactions 10(1):91-102.  

Anderson, A. and S.A. Shwiff. 2015. The cost of canine rabies on four continents. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 62:446-452.  doi: 10.1111/tbed.12168

Anderson, A., D.S. Carpenter, M.J. Begier, B.F. Blackwell, T.L. DeVault, S.A. Shwiff. 2015. Modeling the cost of bird strikes to US civil aircraft. Transportation Research Part D (38):49-58.  doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2015.04.027

Taylor, J. A. Morzillo, and A. Anderson. 2014. Estimating the total economic impact of the black bear peeling in western Oregon using GIS and REMI. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:419-422.  

Anderson, A., K. Gebhardt, K.N. Kirkpatrick, D.L. Bergman, and S.A. Shwiff. 2014. Economic analysis of indemnity payments for wolf depredation on cattle in a wolf reintroduction area. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:413-418.  

Anderson, A., S.S. Shwiff, and S.A. Shwiff. 2014. Economic impact of the potential spread of vampire bats into south Texas. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:305-309.  

Anderson, A., S.A. Shwiff, R.B. Chipman, T. Atwood, T. Cozzens, F. Fillo, R. Hale, B. Hatch, J. Maki, O.E. Rhodes, E.E. Rees, C.E. Rupprecht, R. Tinline, K.C. VerCauteren, and D. Slate. Forecasting the spread of raccoon rabies using a purpose-specific group decision-making process.  2014. Human-Wildlife Interactions 8(1):130-138.

Anderson, A., S.A. Shwiff. 2014. Choosing the optimal lethal management strategy to reduce the cost of livestock predation.  International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics. 32(1):  59-65.

Anderson, A., K.Gebhardt, W.T. Cross, and S.A. Shwiff. 2013. Spillover benefits of wildlife management to support pheasant populations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37(2): 278-280. doi 10.1002/wsb.280.

Anderson, A., C.A. Lindell, K.M. Moxcey, W.F. Siemer, G.M. Linz, P.D. Curtis, J.E. Carroll, C.L. Burrows, J.R. Boulanger, K.M.M. Steensma, and S.A. Shwiff. 2013. Bird damage to select fruit crops: The cost of damage and the benefits of control in five states. Crop Protection 52: 103-109. doi: 10.1016/jcropro.2013.05.019.

Shwiff, S.A., A. Anderson, R. Cullen, P.C.L. White, and S.S. Shwiff. 2013. Assignment of measurable costs and benefits to wildlife conservation projects. Wildlife Research 40: 134-141. doi 10.1071/WR12102.
Shwiff, S., K. Hampson, and A. Anderson. 2013. Potential economic benefits of eliminating canine rabies. Antiviral Research 98:352-356.

Anderson, A., K. Kirkpatrick and S.A. Shwiff. 2012. The net benefits of controlling bird and rodent pests in wine grape and avocado production. Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference 25: 353-356.

Anderson A., Shwiff S., Gebhardt K., Ramirez A.J., Kohler D., and L. Lecuona. 2012. Economic Evaluation of Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus) Rabies Prevention in Mexico. Transbound Emerg Dis. DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12007.

Gebhardt, K., A. Anderson, K. Kirkpatrick, S.A. Shwiff, 2011. A review and synthesis of bird and rodent damage to select California Crops.  Crop Protection 30: 1109-1116.
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