I specialize in environmental and natural resource economics and have two main research interests:
informing the management of multi-use wildlife species using dynamic bioeconomic models,
eliciting people's values for natural resources by designing, implementing, and analyzing nonmarket valuation surveys.
I've applied both 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 interests stem from an interdisciplinary background. I've received a B.S. in biology, a B.S. in economics, an M.S. in economics and environment and natural resources, and a Ph.D. in economics.
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 with over 120 students. I've also designed and taught a couple of online courses from the ground up, including principles of microeconomics and an introductory economics course 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 recently I've also been getting really into cycling. I like traveling and exploring new places, especially national parks. When I'm not outside, I enjoy trying new foods and keeping up with my favorite sports.