Tony Prato

Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Co-Director Emeritus, Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri-Columbia
Affiliate Faculty, College of Forestry and Conservation
University of Montana


12310 Paradise Loop
Marion, MT 59925
Tel: (406) 858-2235
E-mail: PratoA@missouri.edu

Education

  • PhD, Agricultural Economics, Univ. California (Berkeley), 1969
  • MA, Applied Statistics, Univ. California (Berkeley), 1968
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1966
  • BS, Agriculture (with honors), Univ. Connecticut, 1964

Honors/Awards

  • Distinguished Researcher Award, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia. 2006.
  • USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence to principal investigators of Management Systems Evaluation Areas Project, 1997.
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society Honorable Mention Award for "Converting hydric cropland to wetland in Missouri: A geoeconomic analysis,"J. Soil and Water Cons. 50(1995):101-106
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Award in Research, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996
  • Norman A. and Ruth A. Berg Fellow in Conservation Policy, Soil and Water Cons. Society, 1995-96
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Graduate Level Superior Teaching Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1992
  • Nominated for the Gold Chalk Award (for graduate teaching), 1991
  • Quality step pay increase, US Department of Energy, 1979
  • Giannini Foundation Fellowship in Agricultural Economics, 1966-68
  • MS thesis received outstanding award from American Farm Economics Association, 1966

Other Appointments

Areas of Expertise - Research

  • Integrated modeling and analysis of human-environmental systems
  • Assessing ecological economic impacts of climate and land use changes
  • Adaptive management of natural systems
  • Conservation and management of parks and protected areas
  • Multiple attribute decision-making
  • Spatial decision support systems
  • Risk and uncertainty analysis

Areas of Expertise - Teaching

  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Conservation and management of protected areas

Current Projects

Selected Publications

Paveglio, T.B. and T. Prato. In press. Integrating dynamic social systems into assessments of future wildfire losses: An experiential agent-based modeling approach. In: Dupont, H.C. (ed.), Environmental Management: Systems, Sustainability and Current Issues. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Prato, T., Y. Barnett, A. Clark, and T. Paveglio. In press. Improving simulation of land use change in a region of the Rocky Mountain West. In: Land Use: Planning, Regulations, and Environment. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Prato, T., Y. Barnett, A. Clark, and T. Paveglio. In press. Improving simulation of land use change in a region of the Rocky Mountain West. In: H.C. Dupont (ed), Land Use: Planning, Regulations, and Environment. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY.

Prato, T. 2012. Potential tradeoffs between economic growth and open lands conservation. A case study in Northwest Montana. Society and Natural Resources. 25: 113-126.

Qiu, Z., and T. Prato. 2012. 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. Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change. 17:223-242.

Prato, T. 2011. Adaptively managing wildlife for climate change: A fuzzy logic approach. Environmental Management. 48:142-149.

Prato, T. 2010. Sustaining ecological Integrity with respect to climate change: A fuzzy adaptive management approach. Environmental Management 45: 1344-1351. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-010-9493-3

Prato, T. and D.B. Fagre. 2010. Sustainable management of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. George Wright Forum 27: 77-93.

Prato, T., Z. Qiu, G. Pederson, D. Fagre, L. Bengtson, and J. Williams. 2010. Potential economic benefits of adapting agricultural production systems to future climate change. Journal of Environmental Management. 45: 577. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-010-9427-0.

Prato, T. 2009. Evaluating tradeoffs between economic and wildlife values associated with future economic growth and development in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Mountain Research and Development 29:46-58. http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1659/mrd.992

Prato, T. 2009. Fuzzy adaptive management of social and ecological carrying capacities for protected areas. Journal of Environmental Management. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.01.015.

Prato, T. 2009. Evaluating and managing wildlife impacts of climate change under uncertainty. Ecological Modelling. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2009.01.010

Prato, T. 2009. Adaptive management of natural systems using fuzzy logic. 2009. Environmental Modelling & Software. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2009.01.007.

Prato, T., A. Clark, and Y. Barnett. 2008. Evaluating potential wildlife impacts of future land development adjacent to protected areas. George Wright Forum 25:70-88.

Prato, T. 2008. Conceptual framework for assessing and managing the ecosystem impacts of climate change. Ecological Complexity. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2008.09.002

Prato, T. 2008. Stochastic multiple attribute evaluation of land use policies. Ecological Modelling 219:115-124. Online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304380008004043

Prato, T. 2008. Adaptive management for national parks: consideration for an experimental approach. Park Science 25:Summer.

Prato, T., and B-J. Woo. 2008. Evaluation of weed control practices for profitability and reduction of atrazine concentrations in surface runoff. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 63:54A.

Woo, B-J., and T. Prato. 2008. Integrated analysis of weed control practices for reducing atrazine contamination in an agricultural watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 63:99-104.

Prato, T., A.S. Clark, K. Dolle, and Y. Barnett. 2007. Evaluating alternative economic growth rates and land use policies for Flathead County, Montana. Landscape and Urban Planning 83:327–339.

Prato, T. 2007. Accounting for risk and uncertainty in determining preferred strategies for adapting to future climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. Online: http://www.springerlink.com/content/720051j053475670/fulltext.html

Prato, T, and D. Fagre (eds.). 2007. Sustaining Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Science, Policy and Management of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. RFF Press, Washington, DC.

Prato, T. 2007. Selection and evaluation of project to conserve ecosystem services. Ecological Modelling 203:290-296.

Prato, T. 2007. Assessing ecosystem sustainability and management using fuzzy logic. Ecological Economics 61: 171-177.

Prato, T. 2007. Evaluating land use policies under uncertainty. Land Use Policy 24: 165-174. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2006.02.003

Herath, G., and T. Prato (eds.). 2006. Using Multi-criteria Decision Analysis in Natural Resource Management: Empirical Applications. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., UK.

Qiu, Z., T. Prato, and G. Boehm. 2006. Economic valuation of riparian buffers and open space in a suburban watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 1583-1596.

Prato, T. 2006. Targeting conservation easements to reduce impacts of private land development on protected areas. George Wright Forum 23:13-23.

Prato, T., and D. Fagre. 2006. Coping with climate change. ActionBioscience.org. http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/prato_fagre.html

Prato, T. Adaptive management of national park ecosystems. George Wright Society 23(2006): 72-86.

Prato, T. and D. Hey. Economic analysis of wetland restoration along the Illinois River. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 42(2006): 125-131.

Wu, S., T. Prato, and M. Kaylen. Cost efficiency and its decomposition for Missouri grain farms. The Journal of Economics 31(2005): 19-44.

Prato, T. A fuzzy logic approach to ecosystem sustainability. Ecological Modelling 187(2005): 361-368.

Prato, T. Accounting for uncertainty in making species protection decisions. Conservation Biology 19 (2005): 806-814.

Prato, T. Modeling ecological impacts of landscape change. Environmental Modelling & Software. 20(2005): 1359-1363.

Prato, T. Accounting for uncertainty in making species protection decisions. Conservation Biology 19(2005): 806-814.

Prato, T. and D. Fagre. 2005. National Parks and Protected Areas: Approaches for Balancing Social, Economic and Ecological Values. Blackwell Publishing Professional, Ames, IA.

Prato, T. Bayesian Adaptive Management of Ecosystems. Ecological Modelling 183(2005): 147-156.

Prato, T. Multiple Attribute Evaluation for National Parks and Protected Areas. George Wright Forum 21(2004): 62-75.

Prato, T. Alleviating Multiple Threats to Protected Areas with Adaptive Ecosystem Management: Case of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. George Wright Forum 20 (2004): 41-52.

Prato, T. Adaptive Management of Large Rivers with Special Reference to the Missouri River. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 39(2003): 935-936.

Prato, T. Multiple Attribute Evaluation of Ecosystem Management for the Missouri River. Ecological Economics. 45(2003): 297-309

Wang, D., Z. Qiu, T. Prato, N. Kitchen and K. Sudduth. Economic and environmental evaluation of variable rate nitrogen and lime application for claypan soil fields. Precision Agriculture: An International Journal on Advances in Precision Agriculture 4(2003): 35-52.

Wu, S. and T. Prato. An environmental decision support system: watershed application. Journal of Harbin Institute of Technology (New Series) 9(2002): 32-38.

Qiu, Z., T. Prato, L. Godsey and V. Benson. Integrated Assessment of Uses of Woody Draws in Agricultural Landscapes. The Journal of American Water Resources Association 38(2002):1255-1269.

Strassert, G. and T. Prato. Selecting Farming Systems Using a New Multiple Criteria Decision Model: The Balancing and Ranking Method. Ecological Economics 40(2002): 269-277.

Sugumaran, R., D. Zerr and T. Prato. Improved Urban Land Cover using Multi-temporal IKONOS Images for Local Government Planning. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing 28(2002): 90-95.

Prato, T. Modeling Carrying Capacity for National Parks. Ecological Economics 39(2001): 321-331.

Panusittikorn, P. and T. Prato. Conservation of Protected Areas in Thailand: The Case of Khao Yai National Park. George Wright Forum 18(2001): 66-76.

Qiu, Z. and Tony Prato. Physical Determinants of Economic Value of Riparian Buffers in an Agricultural Watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 37(2001): 295-304.

Qiu, Z., T. Prato, and F. McCamley. Evaluating Environmental Risks Using Safety-first Constraints. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 83(2001): 402-413.

Prato, T and S. Hajkowicz. Comparison of Profit Maximization and Multiple Criteria Models for Selecting Farming Systems. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 56(2001): 52-55.

Prato, T. Multiple Attribute Evaluation of Landscape Management. Journal of Environmental Management 60(2001): 325-337.

Prato, T. Multiple Attribute Bayesian Analysis of Adaptive Ecosystem Management. Ecological Modelling 133(2000): 181-193.

Sugumaran, R., C. Davis, J. Meyer, T. Prato and C. Fulcher. Web-Based Decision Support Tool for Floodplain Management Using High Resolution DEM. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 66(2000): 1261-1265.

Prato, T. and M. Hamed. Restoring Natural Habitats: Economic Impacts of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 17(1999): 227-241.

Prato, T. Risk-based Multiattribute Decision Making in Property and Watershed Management. Natural Resource Modeling 12(1999).

Prato, T. Multiple Attribute Decision Analysis for Ecosystem Management. Ecological Economics 30(1999): 207-222.

Prato, T. Soil and Water Conservation is Essential for Ecosystem Management (Viewpoint). J. Soil and Water Conserv. 54(1999): 522-523.

Prato, T. and S. Hajkowicz. Selection and Sustainability of Land and Water Resource Management Systems. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 35(1999): 739-752.

Qiu, Z. and T. Prato. Accounting for Spatial Characteristics of Watershed in Evaluating Water Pollution Abatement Policies. J. of Agr. and Applied Econ. 34 (1999): 161-175.

Prato, T. and C. Kang. Water Quality Effects of Uniform and Variable Rate Application of Nitrogen. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 6(1998):1465-1472.

Qiu, Z., T. Prato, C. Fulcher and Y. Barnett. WAMADSS – An Agricultural Resource Management Tool for Evaluating Sustainable Agriculture. J. Soil and Water Conserv. 53(1998): 159.

Qiu, Z., T. Prato and M. Kaylen. Watershed-scale Economic and Environmental Tradeoffs Incorporating Risks: A Target MOTAD Approach. Agr. and Resource Econ. Rev. 27(1998): 231-240.

Thongrak, S., T. Prato, S. Chayvareesajja and W. Kurtz. Economic and water quality evaluation of intensive shrimp production systems in Thailand. Agr. Systems 53(1997): 121-141.

Prato, T., C. Fulcher, S. Wu. J. Ma. Multiple-objective decision making for agroecosystem management. Agr. and Resource Econ. Rev. 25 (1996): 200-212.

Xu, Feng, T. Prato and M. Zhu. Effects of distribution assumptions for sediment yields on farm returns in a chance-constrained programming model. Rev. Agr. Econ. 18(1996): 53-64.

Prato, T. and S. Wu. Alternative spatial criteria for targeting soil and water quality improvements in an agricultural watershed. Rev. Agr. Econ. 18(1996): 293-301.

Prato, T., C. Fulcher, S. Wu and J. Ma. Multiple-objective decision making for agroecosystem management. Agr. and Resource Econ. Rev. 25(1996): 200-212.

Xu, F. and T. Prato. Onsite erosion damages in Missouri corn production. J. Soil and Water Cons. 50(1995): 312-316.

Prato, T., Y. Wang, T. Haithcoat, C. Barnett and C. Fulcher. Converting hydric cropland to wetland in Missouri: A geoeconomic analysis. J. Soil and Water Cons. 50(1995): 101-106.

Xu, F. and T. Prato. Optimal farm-level use and value of broiler litter. 1995. Animal Waste and the Land-Water Interface, Kenneth Steele (ed.), Lewis Publishers, New York, pp. 293-291.

Prato, T., C. Fulcher and F. Xu. 1995. Decision support system for total watershed management. Animal Waste and the Land-Water Interface, Kenneth Steele (ed.), Lewis Publishers, New York, pp. 333-342.

Xu, F., T. Prato and J.C. Ma. Integrated evaluation of alternative farming systems in Missouri MSEA. Abstract, J. Agr. and Applied Econ. 26(1994): 1.

Xu, F. and T. Prato. 1994. Agricultural resource policies and government intervention. Market Economy and Government Functions, China Economics Publishing House, Peoples Republic of China, pp. 439-444.

Wangia, C. and T. Prato. 1994. Soil erosion and conservation programs and policies in Africa: A review. Adopting Conservation on the Farm: An International Perspective of the Socioeconomics of Soil and Water Conservation, Ted L. Napier, Silvana M. Camboni and Samir Al El-Swaify (eds.), Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, IA, pp. 119-132.

Prato, T. and S. Wu. 1994. Erosion, sediment, and income effects of conservation compliance in an agricultural watershed. Agricultural Policy and the Environment: Iron Fist or Open Hand, Louis E. Swanson and Frank B. Clearfield (eds.), Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, IA, pp. 171-182.

Xu, F., T. Prato and C. Fulcher. Broiler litter application to land in an agricultural watershed: a GIS approach. Water Science and Technology, 28(1993): 111-118.

Donald, W.W. and T. Prato. Efficacy and economics of herbicides for Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) control in no-till spring wheat (Triticum aestivum). Weed Science 40(1992): 233-240.

Donald, W.W. and T. Prato. Effectiveness and economics of repeated sequences of herbicides for Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) control in reduced-till spring wheat (Triticum aestivum). Canadian J. Plant Science 72(1992): 599-618.

Donald, W.W. and T. Prato. Profitable, effective herbicides for planting-time weed control in no-till spring wheat (Triticum aestivum). Weed Science 39(1991): 83-90.

Prato, T. and K. Dauten. Economic feasibility of agricultural management practices for reducing sedimentation in a water supply lake. Agr. Water Mgt. 19(1991): 361-370.

Prato, T. and S. Wu. Erosion and sediment control benefits of conservation compliance in a agricultural watershed. J. Soil and Water Cons. 46(1991): 211-214.

Prato, T.. Economic feasibility of conservation tillage with stochastic yields and erosion rates. No. Cen. J. Agr. Econ. 12(1990): 333-344.

Prato, T. and H. Shi. A comparison of erosion and water pollution control strategies for an agricultural watershed. Water Resources Research 26(1990): 199-205.

Prato T., H. Shi, R. Rhew, and M. Brusven. Soil erosion and nonpoint pollution control in an agricultural watershed. J. Soil and Water Cons. 44(1989): 323-328.

Professional and Conservation Affiliations

  • Consortium for Integrated Climate Research in Western Mountains
  • The Glacier Institute
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Parks Conservation Association
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