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ABOUT ME

Research

I'm a natural resource and environmental economist with two main research areas:

  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 areas 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), and I try to incorporate the latest technology in the classroom. I've taught an in-person topic-based principles of microeconomics course with over 120 students. 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. I like traveling and exploring new places, especially national parks - I'm hoping to get the chance to visit Katmai soon.