I am currently a post-doc with Steve Polasky and Peter Reich at University of Minnesota and the Institute on the Environment. At UMN, I’m studying the impacts of climate change on ecosystem services, with a focus on boreal forests. I aim to identify potential management strategies to mitigate these impacts on multiple benefits from ecosystems. In general, my research focuses on conservation ecology, ecosystem services, and the intersection between ecology and economics.
My research interests include the contribution of biodiversity and species interactions to ecosystem services, conservation decisions in the face of uncertainty, functional diversity, climate change and ecosystem services, and the wildlife trade. I combine theoretical and empirical approaches to address various questions at the interface of conservation ecology, community ecology, and natural resource economics. I’m also interested in applying econometric and optimization approaches to ecological questions and datasets.
I completed my PhD at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California – Santa Barbara, advised by Dr. Steve Gaines. My dissertation addressed the extent that managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation, and the contribution of functional diversity to fisheries yields in the face of temperature variability. I completed a concurrent MA in Economics at UCSB, advised by Drs. Christopher Costello and Dick Startz.