Travis W. Reynolds

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Office: Diamond 245 [ campus map ]
Box 5364

Phone: 207-859-5364
Fax: 207-859-5369
Mailing Address:
5364 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Reynolds, Travis W.


Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
Dissertation: Institutional Determinants of Economic and Social Viability among Forestry-Based Carbon Sequestration Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Honors: Certificate in social statistics from the Center for Statistics & Social Sciences.

M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, Burlington, Vermont.
Thesis: Energy Efficiency in Small Island States: Overcoming the Island Factor in Saint Lucia.
Honors: Graduate Certificate in Ecological Economics; University Fellowship; Peace Corps Fellow; North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

B.A. in International Relations and French Civilization
BROWN UNIVERSITY, Providence, Rhode Island.
Honors: magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa.

Areas of Expertise

  • International environmental policy
  • Institutional economics
  • Carbon forestry
  • Common pool resources
  • Community based forest management
  • Payments for ecosystem services
  • Global food policy
  • Food and agricultural policy in the United States
  • Church forests in rural Ethiopia

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
ES234 AInternational Environmental Policy
ES346 AGlobal Food Policy
ES493 AEnvironmental Policy Practicum

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
ES347Tropical Forests and Rural Livelihoods

Current Research

Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR)
Housed at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) uses an innovative student-faculty team model to provide rigorous, applied research and analysis to international development stakeholders. Our reports focus on agriculture, development policy, financial services, poverty reduction, gender, and measurement and evaluation.

Undergraduate Research into the Cultural, Economic and Ecological Significance of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia
A collaborative effort by the Colby College Environmental Studies Program, the Colby College Biology Department, the TREE Foundation, and Ethiopia’s Debre Tabor University, this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and provides eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the cultural, economic and ecological roles of church forests in Ethiopia.


LoTemplio*, S., Reynolds, T., Wassie, A., Abrahams*, M., Bruesewitz, D, & Wall*, J. (2016). Ethiopian Orthodox church forests provide regulating and habitat services: evidence from stream sediment and aquatic insect analyses. African Journal of Ecology, In press.
Liang*, J., Reynolds, T., Wassie, A., Collins, C., & Wubalem, A. (2016). Effects of exotic Eucalyptus spp. plantations on soil properties in and around sacred natural sites in the northern Ethiopian Highlands. AIMS Agriculture and Food, 1(2): 175-193.
Reynolds, T. W., Waddington, S. R., Anderson, C. L., Chew, A., True, Z., & Cullen, A. (2015). Environmental impacts and constraints associated with the production of major food crops in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Food Security, 7(4), 795-822.
Reynolds, T., Murray, B. T., Kolodinsky, J., & Howell, J. (2015). Contrasting self-reported willingness to pay and demonstrated purchase behavior for energy-saving technologies in a small island developing state. Energy for Sustainable Development, 27, 18-27.
McClenachan, L., O’Connor*, G., & Reynolds, T. (2015). Adaptive capacity of co-management systems in the face of environmental change: The soft-shell clam fishery and invasive green crabs in Maine. Marine Policy, 52, 26-32.
Reynolds, T, Sisay, TS, Lowman, M, Wassie, A. (2015). “Sacred Natural Sites Provide Ecological Libraries for Landscape Restoration and Institutional Models for Biodiversity Conservation.” Policy Brief for the 2015 U.N. Global Sustainable Development Report.
Reynolds, TW. (2012). Institutional determinants of success among forestry-based carbon sequestration programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. World Development, 40(3):542-554.
Reynolds, TW; Murray, BT; Kolodinsky, J. (2012). Consumer preferences and willingness to pay for compact fluorescent lighting: Policy implications for energy efficiency promotion in Saint Lucia. Energy Policy, 41:712-722.
Reynolds, TW; Bostrom, A; Read, D. (2011). Now what do people know about global climate change? Survey studies of educated laypeople. Risk Analysis, 30(10):1520-1538.
Reynolds, TW; Huber, CH & Farley, J. (2010). Investing in human and natural capital: An alternative paradigm for sustainable development in Awassa, Ethiopia. Ecological Economics, 69(11):2140-2150.
Gugerty, MK; Reynolds, TW. (2009). Ethnicity and Civil Society. In International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, Anheier, H & Toepler, S (Eds.).
Kolodinsky, J; Reynolds, TW; Cannella,M; Timmons, D & Bromberg, D. (2009). U.S. consumer demand for restaurant calorie information: targeting demographic and behavioral segments in labeling initiatives. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24(1):11-14.
Reynolds, TW; Murray, B; DeSisto, T & Kolodinsky, J. (2007). Energy efficiency in small island states: overcoming the island factor in Saint Lucia. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 31(5):460-467.
*Denotes Colby College undergraduate co-author.


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