I am an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, and an Associate Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. My research falls at the interface of ecology and economics, addressing climatic, ecological and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services and their sustainable management. A main objective of my research is to inform resource and land management strategies for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services that will be robust to climate change and uncertainty.
I combine theoretical and empirical approaches to address various questions at the interface of conservation ecology, community ecology, and natural resource economics. My interests span multiple spatial scales and ecosystem types (e.g., forests, grasslands, coastal and marine ecosystems), and I uses a mix of empirical and mathematical modeling approaches. For example, I am using econometric techniques and bio-economic models to examine impacts and adaptation strategies for fisheries to climate change, variability, and extremes. A major research interest is causal inference in observational ecological and social-ecological data.
My Ph.D. research, at the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara, focused on the impacts of temperature variability and biodiversity on global fisheries yields and the extent to which managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation.I completed a concurrent MA in Economics at UCSB, advised by Drs. Christopher Costello and Dick Startz. As a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, I examined how climate change affects ecosystem services provided by boreal forests and management strategies to reduce those impacts in a project co-advised by Peter Reich and Steve Polasky.
*I am accepting students and recruiting post-docs for 2018* Please contact me if you are interested.