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Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science

Qiu, Zeyuan

Contact Info
Title: Professor
Office: 228 York Building
Phone: 973-596-5357
Dept: Chemistry and Environmental Sciences

About Me

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
  • M.S., Land Management, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
  • B.S., Land Use Planning, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China












Courses I Teach


Classes Taught

·         EPS 202 Society, Technology and Environment

This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies, explores the interrelationships among science, technology, environment, and society, examines the social and scientific origins of environmental problems and evaluates the complex role of technology in creating and resolving these concerns.

·         STS 362 Environmental Economics

This course overviews the complex, dynamic interactions between economy and environment from biological, economic and institutional perspectives and the various views for solving the conflicts in resource management and pollution control; and discuss the basic principles of cost-benefit and cost-effective analyses in resource management and pollution control.

·         EPS 614 Economics of the Environment

The course overviews the relationships between social, economic and environmental systems; sustainable development; evaluation of natural resource investments and decisions; property rights, market failures and environmental pollution. It focuses on the core economic principles of pollution control policies and their applications to air and water pollution, climate change and waste management.

·         EPS 698 Watershed Management

This course integrates hydrology, biophysical modeling, geographic information systems, economics and environmental policy to understand the complex social, economic and biophysical processes of watershed management and explore the holistic approach that integrates people, science and technology for improving water quality and environmental amenity.

·         SS 201 Economics

This course introduces the core principles of microeconomics, macroeconomics, money and banking, and international economics and presents an overview of a free market economic system.


Research Interests

Natural resources and environmental economics. Conducts research in non-market evaluation of natural resources, environmental policy analysis, integrated watershed management, environmental risk analysis and integration of biophysical simulation, economic modeling and geographic information systems for resource management.  

Current Research

Recent research focuses on the close land-water connections and evaluates the technical, social, economic and institutional factors that affect protection and preservation of hydrologically sensitive areas in landscapes and their policy implications for watershed management, stormwater management and smart growth in environmentally fragile rural-urban interfaces.

Selected Publications

·         Qiu, Z., T. Prato, and H. Wang. Assessing long-term water quality implications of reducing phosphorus fertilizer in a U.S. suburban watershed. Water Policy, Vol. 16, No. 6, December 2014, pp. 917-929.

·         Buchanan, B.P., M. Fleming, R.L. Schneider, B.K. Richards, J. Archibald1, Z. Qiu, and M.T. Walter. Evaluating topographic wetness indices across central New York agricultural landscapes. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol. 18, September 2014, pp. 3279-3299.

·         Li, M., and Z. Qiu. 2014. Study of New Rural Community Construction Based on Diverse Analysis. Ecological Economy, Vol. 30, No. 4, August 2014, pp. 148-152. [In Chinese].

·         Qiu, Z., C. Hall, D. Drewes, G. Messinger, T. Prato, K. Hale, and D. Van Abs. Hydrologically Sensitive Areas, Municipal Land Use Controls and Protection of Healthy Watersheds. Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, Vol. 140, No. 7, July 2014, pp. 04014011-1-10.

·         Qiu, Z., and L. Wang. Hydrological and Water Quality Assessment in a Suburban Watershed with Mixed Land Uses Using the SWAT Model. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, Vol. 19, No. 4, April 2014, pp. 816-827.

·         Dosskey, M.G., Z. Qiu, and Y. Kang. A Comparison of DEM-based Indexes for Targeting the Placement of Vegetative Buffers in Agricultural Watersheds. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 49, No. 6, December 2013, pp. 1270-1283.

·         Wang, H., and Z. Qiu. Agricultural Best Management Practices for Nonpoint Pollution Control in the U.S. and Their Potential Applications in China. Rural Economy and Science and Technology, Vol. 24, No. 11, 2013. [In Chinese].

·         Qiu, Z. Comparative Assessment of Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Pollution Bet Management Practices in Suburban Watershed Management. Water, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2013, pp. 280-291.

·         Qiu, Z., and M.G. Dosskey. Multiple Function Benefit–Cost Comparison of Conservation Buffer Placement Strategies. Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol. 107, No. 2, August 2012, pp. 89-99.

·         Ballestores, F., and Z. Qiu. An Integrated Parcel-based Land Use Change Model Using Cellular Automata and Decision Tree. Proceedings of the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 2012, pp. 53-69.

·         Qiu, Z., and T. Prato. Economic Feasibility of Adapting Crop Enterprises to Future Climate Change: A Case Study of Flexible Scheduling and Irrigation for Representative Farms in Flathead Valley, Montana, USA. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Vol. 17, No. 3, February 2012, pp. 223-242.

·         Dosskey, M.G., Z. Qiu, M. Helmers, and D. Eisenhauer. Improved Indexes for Targeting Placement of Buffers of Hortonian Runoff. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 66, No. 6, November/December 2011, pp. 362-372.

·         Dosskey, M.G. and Z. Qiu. Comparison of Indexes for Prioritizing Placement of Water Quality Buffers in Agricultural Watersheds. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 47. No. 4. August 2011. pp. 662-671.

·         Qiu, Z. Variable Source Pollution: Turning Science into Action to Manage and Protect Critical Source Areas in Landscapes. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Vol. 65, No. 6. November/December 2010. pp. 137A-141A.

·         Qiu, Z. Prioritizing Agricultural Lands for Conservation Buffer Placement Using Multiple Criteria. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 46. No. 5. October 2010. pp. 944-956.

·         Prato, T., Z. Qiu, D. Fagre, G. Pederson, L. Bengtson and J. Williams. Potential economic benefits of adapting agricultural production systems to future climate change. Environmental Management. Vol. 45, No. 3. March 2010. pp. 577-589.

·         Qiu, Z. Identifying Critical Source Areas in Watersheds for Conservation Buffer panning and Riparian Restoration. Environmental Management. Vol. 44, No. 5. November 2009. pp. 968-980.

·         Qiu, Z., C. Hall and K. Hale. Evaluation of Cost-effectiveness of Conservation Buffer Placement Strategies in a River Basin. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Vol. 64, No. 5. September/October 2009. pp. 293-302.

·         Silverman, K.C, J.G. Tell, E.V. Sargent and Z. Qiu.  Comparison of the ISC and AERMOD Dispersion Models: A Case Study for Human Health Risk Assessment.Journal of Air and Waste Management Association. Vol. 57, No. 12. December 2007. pp. 1439-1446.

·         Qiu, Z., M.T. Walter and C. Hall. Managing Variable Source Pollution in Agricultural Watersheds. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 62, No. 3. May/June 2007. pp. 115-122.

·         Qiu, Z., T. Prato, and G. Beohm. Economic Valuation of Riparian Buffer and Open Space in a Suburban Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 42, No. 6. December 2006. pp. 1583-1596.

·         Qiu, Z. Using Multi-Criteria Decision Models to Assess the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Farming Decisions in an Agricultural Watershed. Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 27, No. 2. May 2005. pp. 229-244.

·         Qiu, Z. A VSA-based Strategy for Placing Conservation Buffers in Agricultural Watersheds. Environmental Management, Vol. 32, No. 3. September 2003. pp. 299-311.

·         Wang, D., T. Prato, Z. Qiu, N.R. Kitchen, and K.A. Sudduth. Economic and Environmental Evaluation of Variable Rate Nitrogen and Lime Application in Claypan Soils. Precision Agriculture: An International Journal on Advances in Precision Agriculture, Vol. 4, No. 1. March 2003. pp. 35-52.

·         Qiu, Z. Information Systems for Integrated Watershed Management. Annals of Arid Zone Vol. 41, No. 3/4. September – December 2002. pp. 305-320.

·         Qiu, Z., T. Prato, L. Godsey and V. Benson. Integrated Assessment of Uses of Woody Draws in Agricultural Landscapes. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 38, No. 5. October 2002. pp. 1255-1269.

·         Qiu, Z., T. Prato and F. McCamley. Evaluating Environmental Risks Using Safety-first Constraints. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 83, No. 2. May 2001. pp. 402-413. 

·         Qiu, Z. and T. Prato. Physical Determinants of Economic Value of Riparian Buffers in an Agricultural Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 37, No. 2. April 2001. pp. 295-303.

·         Qiu, Z. and T. Prato. Accounting for Spatial Characteristics of Watershed in Evaluating Water Pollution Abatement Policies. Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics, Vol. 31, No. 1. April 1999. pp. 161-175.

·         Qiu, Z., T. Prato and M. Kaylen. Watershed-scale Economic and Environmental Tradeoffs Incorporating Risks: A Target MOTAD Approach. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 27, No. 2. October 1998. pp. 231-240.

·         Qiu, Z. and T. Prato. Economic Evaluation of Riparian Buffers in an Agricultural Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. Vol. 34, No. 4. August 1998. pp. 877-890.