This question motivates my research program.
I am a professor of applied economics at Oregon State University who specializes in environmental and natural resource economics. My research concerns the intersection between land use and ecosystem service provision. I use microeconomic theory and micro-econometric tools to study how landowners make decisions, how land-use decisions affect ecosystem services, how the public values ecosystem services, and how policy can be designed to internalize externalities associated with land-use decisions. My empirical applications have focused on topics such as land-use change, land conservation, lakeshore development, biodiversity management, forest management under climate change, protected areas and open-space, coastal ecosystem service provision, salmon conservation, organic agriculture, land development impacts on water withdrawals, and invasive species management in lakes.
I joined the Applied Economics faculty at Oregon State in 2013 after spending four years at University of Wisconsin-Madison and four years at University of Puget Sound. I obtained my PhD from Oregon State in 2005 in Agricultural and Resource Economics. I partner with colleagues within my own discipline of environmental economics, and with natural science colleagues who are interested in the biophysical effects of land use on ecosystem services.