Peer Reviewed Publications

Graduate students non MSU (*), Graduate student from MSU (Φ)



Castro-Diaz, LauraΦ, Maria Claudia Lopez and Emilio Moran. 2018. "Downstream Fishers and the Impacts Generated by the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam.” Human Ecology, 1-12.


Andersson, Krister, Nathan Cook*, Tara Grillos, Maria Claudia Lopez, Carl Salk and Glenn Wright. 2018.

"Payments for Ecosystem Services: Trust Improves Prospects for Success." Nature Sustainability, 1, 128 135.


Ben D'Exelle, Eric Coleman and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2018. “Community-Driven Reconstruction in Colombia: An Experimental Study of Collective Action beyond Program Beneficiaries”. World Development, 101, 188 201.



Bro, Aniseh Φ, Daniel C Clay, David L Ortega and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2017. “Determinants of Adoption of Sustainable Production Practices Among Smallholder Coffee Producers in Nicaragua.” Environment, Development and Sustainability, 1-21.


Amber Pearson, Amanda Rzotkiewicz, Adam Zwickle, Emilana Mwita, Maria Claudia Lopez, Robert Richardson. Participatory mapping of environmental resources: A comparison of a Tanzanian pastoral community over time. 2017. Land Use Policy. 69, 259-265.


Timothy R. SilbergΦ, Maria Claudia Lopez, Robert B. Richardson, Theresa PeslMurphrey, Gary Wingenbach, Leonardo Lombardini & Taya Brown. October 2017. Understanding Social Capital, Networks & Institutions: A Guide to Support Compost Entrepreneurship for Rural Development. Journal of Sustainable Development.  Vol. 10, No. 5.



Singer, AlisonΦ, Steven Gray, Artina Sadler, Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Kyle MettaΦ, Renee Wallace, Maria Claudia Lopez, Josh Introne, Maddie Gorman, and Jane Henderson. 2017. "Translating community narratives into semi-quantitative models to understand the dynamics of socio-environmental crises." Environmental Modelling & Software 97 : 46-55.


Maria Claudia Lopez, and Sergio Villamayor Tomas. 2017. Understanding the black box of communication in a common-pool resource field experiment.  Environmental Science and Policy.



Carl Salk, Maria Claudia Lopez, and Grace Wong. “Simple incentives and intra-group dependence promote success in payments for ecosystem services programs: Evidence from an experimental game in rural Lao PDR”. Forthcoming Conservation Letters.



Luz Elba Torres*, Maria Claudia Lopez and Achim Schlüter. 2016. “Understanding artisanal fishermen’s behavior: the case of Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia”. Sustainability 2016, 8, 549;


Esther Blanco, Tobias Haller, Maria Claudia Lopez and James Walker. 2016. “The Tension Between Private Benefits and Degradation Externalities from Appropriation in the Commons". Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 125. 136-147.


Luz Elba Torres*, Achim Schlüter and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2016. “Collective Action in a Tropical Estuarine Lagoon: Adapting Ostrom’s SES Framework to Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia”. International Journal of the Commons.


Maria Claudia Lopez and Emilio Moran. 2016. “The Legacy Of Elinor Ostrom and its Relevance to Issues for Forest Conservation”, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 19:47- 56.


Emilio Moran and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2016. “Future Directions in Human-Environment Research”. Environmental Research. Vol. 144 pp 1-7.



Esther Blanco, Maria Claudia Lopez and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas. 2015. “Exogenous Degradation in the Commons: Field Experimental Evidence”. Ecological Economics. Vol. 120. pp 430–439.


Esther Blanco, Maria Claudia Lopez and James Walker. 2015 .“The Opportunity Costs of Conservation with Deterministic and Probabilistic Degradation Externalities”. Environmental and Resource Economics. 



Maria Alejandra Vélez and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2013. “Rules Compliance and Age: Experimental Evidence with Fishers from the Amazon River”.  Ecology and Society. 18 (3): 10.


Maria Claudia Lopez, James Murphy, John Spraggon and John K. Stranlund. 2013. “Does Government Regulation Complement Existing Community Efforts to Support Cooperation? Evidence from Field Experiments in Colombia” In J. List, & M. Price (Editors). Handbook on Experimental Economics and the Environment. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 346–366.



Roger Madrigal, Achim Schlüter and Maria Claudia Lopez. 2012 “What Makes them Follow the Rules? Empirical Evidence from Turtle Egg Harvesters in Costa Rica. Marine Policy, Vol. 37. pp 270–277.


Maria Claudia Lopez, James Murphy, John Spraggon and John K. Stranlund. 2012 “Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Individual Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia”. Economic Inquiry. Vol. 50, No. 1. pp131–142.


Esther Blanco, Maria Claudia Lopez and Eric Coleman. 2012. “Voting for Environmental Donations: Experimental Evidence from Majorca, Spain”.  Ecological Economics. Vol. 75. pp. 52–60.



Marty Anderies, Marco Janssen, Francois Bousquet, Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Daniel Castillo, Maria Claudia Lopez, Robert Tobias, Bjorn Vollan and Amber Wutich.  2011. “The Challenge of Understanding Decisions in Experimental Studies of Common Pool Resource Governance”.Ecological Economics. Vol. 70. No. 9. pp 1571-1579.


Maria Claudia Lopez, Ester Blanco and Eric Coleman. 2011. “An Experimental Study for Environmental Fundraising in Majorca, Spain”. In Isaac, R.M. and Norton, D.A. (Editors). Research in Experimental Economics Volume 14: Energy, the Environment, and Sustainability, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. ISSN: 0193-2306. pp 181-212.



Forrest Fleischman, Kinga Boenning, Gustavo Garcia-Lopez, Sarah Mincey, Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Katrin Daedlow, Maria Claudia Lopez, Xavier Basurto, Burney Fischer and Elinor Ostrom. 2010. “Disturbance, Response, and Persistence in Self-Organized Forested Communities: Analysis of Robustness and Resilience in Five Communities in Southern Indiana”. Ecology and Society 15 (4): 9. [online] URL: