He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Adamowicz’s research interests are in developing methods that integrate environmental goods and services into economic analysis and designing policies and institutions that help capture the importance of environmental services in economic decision-making. His main research areas include environmental valuation, economic assessment of environmental changes, and consumer choice modeling. His research interests also include the incorporation of economic perspectives into sustainable forest management and the development and implementation of economic instruments for environmental protection.
Adamowicz was the Scientific Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence, one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence, from 1998 to 2004. He was awarded the J Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research in March 2005 and the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences, in 2007. In 2001-2002 Adamowicz was a Gilbert White Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington DC and in 1998/99 he was a Killam Annual Professor at the University of Alberta.