I'm a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Wyoming, where I specialize in natural resource and environmental economics. I have two main research interests: (1) informing the management of multi-use wildlife species using dynamic bioeconomic models and (2) eliciting people's values for resources by designing, implementing, and analyzing nonmarket valuation surveys. I've applied both of these interests to a particularly important resource: grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which are currently listed as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. My natural resource interests stem from an interdisciplinary background: I've received a B.S. in biology, a B.S. in economics, and an M.S. in economics and environment and natural resources. On the side, I do behavioral economics research on people's pain of paying using partner-earned money.
I'm passionate about teaching in a way that encourages "deep learning," and I constantly try to incorporate new technology in the classroom. I've taught a large on-campus principles of microeconomics course. I've also designed and taught a couple of online courses from the ground up, including principles of microeconomics and a condensed principles class for non-economics majors interested in environmental and natural resource applications.
In my free time, I love spending time outside. Soccer tops the list, but I'm also a fan of cycling and tennis. I like traveling and exploring places, especially national parks. When I'm not outside, I enjoy trying new foods, keeping up with sports, and playing board games.