Andrew Ropicki, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Marine Economics Extension SpecialistNueces County
Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi
NCR 2800, Unit 5840
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412
Organization: Texas Sea Grant / Department of Agricultural Economics
Dr. Andrew Ropicki joined Texas Sea Grant in Fall 2014 after completing his Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida. He has both a B.S and M.S. in Finance, and prior to his Ph.D. studies worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission and Emory Investment Management.
Ropicki brings expertise in marine resource economics and analyzing the impacts of different forms of fisheries management. As a graduate student, he was awarded a NOAA Fisheries Sea Grant Fellowship in Marine Resource Economics for his research on the Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper IFQ Program. In addition, he also has experience with non-market valuation issues from working on two such projects during graduate school.
His current research interests include analyzing the adoption of fuel-saving technologies within the shrimp industry, the evaluation of catch share fisheries management programs, the economics of aquaculture, valuing ecosystem services, and recreational demand modeling. Since joining Texas Sea Grant, he has examined the economics of indoor shrimp aquaculture and is currently working with other extension specialists to determine the economic feasibility of aquaponics, the practice of growing fish and vegetables together.
Ropicki, along with a multi-disciplinary team of Texas A&M professors, has submitted a research proposal to investigate the impacts of harmful algal blooms in Galveston Bay. Another project in the works is an annual survey of Texas shrimpers in order to determine best practices for the industry and provide Texas shrimpers with information on how to improve fuel efficiency. “We’re looking at determining what gear changes fishermen can make to reduced fuel usage based on their vessel characteristics and fishing practices,” he explains. “We want to be able to show a fisherman the amount of fuel fellow fishermen were able to save based on changing gear and estimate how much they would save if they made the same switch.” Ropicki is also continuing previous research on the effects of catch shares management on the commercial reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. That research involves interviewing people out in the field, an aspect of the job he enjoys.