Greetings – I am a modeler and decision analyst with a substantive focus on the environment and human well-being, especially how we can manage working landscapes (agriculture, forests, rangelands) to produce multiple benefits. I have methods interest in mathematical modeling for decision analysis, with a particular focus on innovative approaches to decision making under uncertainty, and sometimes draw on tools from economics as well.
My technical research contributions are motivated by a desire to improve the appropriate use of mathematical models in sustainability policy debates. I generally aim to find ways of avoiding the common pitfall of placing too much faith models, while at the same time extracting what relevant and robust conclusions that can legitimately be drawn. I also have some broader interests in systems thinking (especially food systems and resilience), social choice theory, and knowledge management. In all of my work, I attempt to bridge gaps between research in academia and its practical application in real decision making.
I received my PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, while working as an analyst at the RAND Corporation. After spending two and a half years working in Washington DC as an economist at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, I began as a postdoctoral scholar based at Stanford University in June 2014, working on the Natural Capital Project, which seeks to incorporate the benefits of nature (“ecosystem services”) into decision making. Focusing on connections between water, forests, and agriculture issues, I worked as a staff researcher joint with NatCap and another Stanford center, Water in the West until June 2020, when I returned to MCC. In my new role, I work as a country economist while also coordinating efforts to improve consideration of environmental sustainability and uncertainty in MCC’s economic analysis and project development.