Caroline L. Noblet

Caroline Noblet

Office: 305 Winslow
Phone: 207.581.3172

Curriculum Vitae


Associate Professor

Ph.D. Economic Psychology, University of Maine, 2012

M.S. Resource Economics and Policy, University of Maine, 2005

B.A. Economics and Environmental Science, Boston College, 1999


Research Areas and Interests

Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Information Processing (eco-labels, message framing, etc.), Environmental Economics and Behavior, Sustainability Science

My research interest is in behavioral/ experimental environmental economics with a particular focus on how people process and utilize information.  I am currently working on projects that examine the role of risk perceptions, choice architecture, valuation of the environment and environmental motivation in natural resource decision making.  I enjoy the opportunity to engage with decision-makers on research and am pleased to be able to conduct work in my home state of Maine.

Topic areas include: PFAS, coastal water quality and management, aquaculture, forests

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Curriculum Vitae Spring 2018


Teaching and Mentoring 

I teach courses in behavioral and experimental economics, and environmental economics and policy (see course list below). In my courses I focus on developing skill sets from the theories and applications associated with these fields, and how they can be applied to policy -relevant issues.

Working with students is something I greatly enjoy – I am proud to have been nominated by my students for: the Faculty Mentor award (2023), Awarded the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture (2016); the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture (2012) and Professor of the Year Award from Sigma Phi Epsilon (2011).


Fall 2023

  • ECO 404/ 504 Behavioral Economics
  • ECO 377 Environmental Economics
  • ECO 105 Environmental Policy

(offered in Fall 2022, 2024: ECO 403/503 Experimental Economics)


Select Recent Publications

  • 2023 –The (indirect) effects of windfall funds on sustainability behavior: Insights for carbon fee dividends. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy. – with colleague Shana McDermott (Trinity College)
  • 2022 – Forever Chemicals Needing Immediate Solutions: Mainers’ Preferences for Addressing PFAS Contamination. Maine Policy Review. 31(1). – with graduate student Charity Zimmerman and undergraduate student Molly Shea
  • 2021 –  Economic valuation as a communication device for environmental philanthropy: Evidence from the lab and field. Land Economics. -with colleague Sandra H. Goff (Skidmore College) and former Graduate student J. Ross Anthony
  • 2018 – Assessing Consumer Preferences for Seafood Labels: Consumer Preferences for Seafood Attributes of Wild Harvested and Farm-Raised Products’. Aquaculture Economics and Management – with former Graduate Student Christian Brayden, and colleagues Keith S. Evans and Laura Rickard
  • 2017-Does one good turn deserve another? : Evidence of domain specific licensing in energy behavior. Environment and Behavior. – with colleague Shannon K. McCoy
    • Featured publication of September 2017 SCORAI Newsletter (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative)
  • 2017-Does Pricing Nature Reduce Support for Conservation?: Evidence from Donation Behavior in an Online Experiment. Ecological Economics – with colleagues Sandra H. Goff (Skidmore College) and Timothy M. Waring
  • 2017-Public acceptance of coastal zone management efforts[1]:  The role of citizen preferences in allocation of funds. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review – with colleagues Keith S. Evans and Kathleen P. Bell and former graduate students Emma L. Fox and Abigail Kaminski
  • 2015-Public Preferences for Investments in Renewable Energy Production and Energy Efficiency. Energy Policy – with colleagues Mario F. Teisl, Keith S. Evans, Mark W. Anderson, Shannon K. McCoy and stakeholder Ed Cervone
  • 2015-Thinking Past, Thinking Future: An Empirical Test of the Effects of Retrospective Assessment on Future Preferences. Ecological Economics – with colleagues Mario F. Teisl, and Mark W. Anderson


  • Search for Noblet in the News
  • Local trumps organic – Aquaculture North America. Story features results of work with Master’s student W. Christian Brayden:
  • Science with Attitude. Story features former graduate research assistant Emma Fox.
  • University study suggests support for energy efficiency. Maine Public. Story features results of 2015 study published in Energy Policy

Current Graduate Students

  • Charity Zimmerman – dual degree MS Economics & School for Policy and International Affairs (One Health and the Environment NRT)
  • Alissa Miller-Gonzalez – MS in Resource Economics and Policy
  • Ben Cotton –  MS Economics
  • Abby Leidenfrost – MS Economics
  • Yimin Wang – MS Economics
  • (as of Fall 2023) Molly Shea – MS Resource Economics and Policy (One Health and the Environment NRT)

Former Graduate Students

  • Emma Fox -IEC, Cambridge, MA
  • W. Christian Brayden – Project Manager, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • J. Ross Anthony, Governor’s Office of Energy (Maine)
  • Olga Bredikhina
  • Amy Bainbridge
  • Allyson Eslin
  • Chelsea Liddell

Links to Web Pages (Other UMaine affiliations)