Shogren has become a staple of the Wyoming music scene in recent years. He is a common sight onstage at festivals like NoWoodstock, What Fest and Snowy Range. In 2012, the band won the Wyoming Blues Challenge, going on to represent the Cowboy State at the International Blue Challenge in Memphis. And earlier this year, Shogren and his band joined Jalan Crossland and Screen Door Porch on the three-state, 14-show WYOmericana tour. ...
Shogren has an unorthodox background for a musician. He is an environmental economist. For more than two decades, he has taught at Appalachian State University and Iowa State University, Yale University and the University of Wyoming, where he has been a professor since 1995. ...
Shogren’s journey from polka punk rocker to economist began in the small town of Cloquet, 20 miles southwest of Duluth on the shores of Lake Superior. He grew up camping, fishing and “drinking beers in the woods.”
Working on environmental issues, then, seemed like the natural thing to do. And so when it came time to pick a major in college, he chose economics. Philosophy seemed too abstract, accounting too cut and dry.
“Economics is easily defined as value created by trade. Basically a win-win for everyone. That’s the goal,” Shogren said. “Environmental economics studies when it all breaks down. Pollution, climate change, biodiversity, endangered species, water issues.”
Thomas D. Crocker, professor emeritus of energy and environmental at UW, was Shogren’s adviser when he was a doctoral student at UW in the 1980s. Shogren’s work is notable because it spans his field, he said. Generally speaking, there are three types of environmental economists: Those who study the source of environmental problems, those who study their costs and those who study the solutions.
Shogren has made contributions to each, Crocker said.
“There are very few environmental economists who have made contributions to all three areas,” Crocker said. “He certainly is one of the very best professors in resource economics. I was his chair, but it got to the point where I was learning from him.”
Here is a link to some previous Shogren economics and music posts.