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ABOUT ME

Research

I'm an environmental and natural resource economist with two main research interests:

  1. Informing the management of natural resources over time using dynamic bioeconomic models.

  2. Eliciting people's values for nonmarket goods using nonmarket valuation methods (e.g., stated and revealed preference surveys).

 

I'm particularly interested in integrating the two methods to improve models of combined human and natural systems. In my dissertation, I used the approach to determine the optimal management of a charismatic renewable resource: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, which are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act. As a postdoc, I'm using the approach to analyze how the interplay between "personal use" and commercial sockeye salmon fisheries affects the social welfare of Alaskan residents.

 

My natural resource interests stem from an interdisciplinary background. I've received a B.S. in biology, a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in economics, environment and natural resources, and a Ph.D. in economics.

Teaching

I'm passionate about teaching in a way that encourages "deep learning" (Google Ken Bain if you're interested). I constantly try to incorporate new technology in the classroom. I've taught a topic-based principles of microeconomics course with over 120 students in-person. I've also designed and taught a couple of online courses, including an introductory economics course for non-economics majors interested in environmental and natural resource applications.

Hobbies

My favorite activities include soccer, cycling, and cross country skiing. Speaking of the latter, I recently survived my first ever Tour of Anchorage. I like traveling and exploring new places, especially national parks - I'm really hoping to get the chance to visit Katmai soon. When I'm not outside, I enjoy trying new foods and keeping up with my favorite sports. Go Josh Allen!