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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.

 

I'm particularly interested in integrating the two methods to improve models of combined human and natural systems. I've applied this approach to a charismatic renewable 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, environment and natural resources, and a Ph.D. in economics.

Teaching

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 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

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.