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Alejandro E. Guevara Sanginés

Vicerrector Académico de la Universidad Iberoamericana, México, D.F.

Alejandro is a National Researcher of the National System of Researchers of CONACYT. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Economic Development from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and PhD in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid. In 1999 he won the National Public Administration Award for his work on Poverty and the Environment and has more than forty publications in different countries such as Mexico, France, Spain, the United States and Great Britain; all of them related to issues of sustainable economic development.

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Alexander Pfaff

Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment, Duke University

Alex is an Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment at Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He is an environment and natural resource economist whose work frequently focuses on developing countries. His current research examines the impacts of roads, protected areas and payments for ecosystem services on deforestation (Brazilian Amazon, Costa Rica, Mexico); what drives decisions that lower harmful exposures, such as to indoor emissions (Pakistan, Tanzania, Ghana) and arsenic in drinking water (Bangladesh); how households respond to climate and water shocks in daily production decisions and when faced with new tradeoffs by water policies (N.E. Brazil); and how regulators might shift the incentives for firms to provide environmental information. The goal of his applied research is to raise the chance that interventions have their intended impacts on the environment and natural resources while benefiting the people they are designed to help. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a PhD in Economics from MIT.

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Azis Khan

Senior Associate, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University , Indonesia

Azis is a Senior Associate in the Faculty of Forestry at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He also works as a consultant on various natural resource management and environmental programs in Indonesia. His current work includes economic valuation of natural resources for USAID LESTARI, and advising CSF’s Integrated Landscape Policy & Economics Program in Central Kalimantan. Azis has previously worked for the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, UNDP, and the World Bank. He holds an MS in Forestry and Natural from Purdue University, and a PhD in Forestry Policy and Institution from IPB.

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Bahman Kashi

Economist and Program Manager, Cambridge Resources International and Queen's University

Bahman Kashi is a lecturer at Queen’s University and the founder of Limestone Analytics. Before Limestone, he worked for eight years as a consultant in the areas of public investment management, economic analysis of development projects, and evaluation of social programs. He has worked on capacity building and technical advisory projects for USAID, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, and the Government of Canada. In 2016, he led a team of researchers in the development of a manual on the "integration of gender impacts into cost-benefit analysis" for the USAID. Bahman holds a master's degree in information systems and a Ph.D. in economics from Eastern Mediterranean University.

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Brian Murray

Research Professor and Director for Economic Analysis, Nicholas Institute, Duke University

Dr. Brian C. Murray is Director for Economic Analysis at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Research Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is widely recognized for his work on the economics of climate change policy, including the design of cap-and-trade policy elements to address cost containment and inclusion of offsets from traditionally uncapped sectors such as forestry and agriculture. Members of the United States Congress and their staff have sought the counsel of Dr. Murray and Nicholas Institute colleagues as they have developed climate change legislative proposals. Dr. Murray has been invited as a co-author of several national and international assessments of forest resources, especially related to climate change. Of particular note, he was a convening lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry, which confers status shared by all other IPCC authors as joint contributors to the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace prize. He has convened several forums of economic modeling experts to examine and communicate the results of their climate, energy and land use policy efforts to the public and private sectors. Prior to the Nicholas Institute in 2006, Dr. Murray was Director of the Center for Regulatory Economics and Policy Research at RTI International, a university-affiliated not-for-profit research institution.

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Carlos Eduardo Frickmann Young

National University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Carlos is an Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Research Groups for Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development in the Institute of Economics at the National University of Rio de Janeiro. His areas of interest include climate change, socio-economic causes of biodiversity loss, trade, energy, sustainable development, economic instruments for environmental management, environmental accounting, and natural resource valuation. He has published a range of work on these topics. He also served as President of the Brazilian Society of Ecological Economics. Carlos holds a master's degree in Economics from the Institute of Industrial Economics at the National University Rio de Janeiro.

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Carlos Muñoz Piña

Coordinador de Investigación Económica para el Centro Mario Molina, México, D.F.

Carlos Muñoz Piña estudió la licenciatura en economía en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México y la maestría en Economía Ambiental en la Universidad de Londres. Obtuvo el Doctorado en Economía de Recursos Naturales por la Universidad de California en Berkeley, combinándolo con estudios de Políticas Públicas en la Escuela Goldman de Gobierno de esta misma universidad. A lo largo de su carrera profesional, Carlos Muñoz ha trabajado en investigación económica en temas ambientales y de recursos naturales. Ha sido profesor-investigador en el ITAM, investigador visitante en el London Environmental Economics Centre, el Resources Renewal Institute en San Francisco, la Universidad Iberoamericana y la Comisión de Cooperación Ambiental de América del Norte. Ha realizado estudios relacionados con el manejo de recursos naturales para el Banco Mundial, el Banco Interamericano y el Banco Africano de Desarrollo. Como funcionario público el Dr. Muñoz Piña ha trabajado en áreas de investigación y diseño de políticas públicas tanto en SEDESOL como en SEMARNAT. Sus publicaciones y diseño de instrumentos de política han cubierto, entre otros temas, el desarrollo de programas de pagos por servicios ambientales, la conservación de los bosques y la de biodiversidad, el estudio de precios de la energía, la valoración económica de daños ambientales, la sustentabilidad del uso del agua y propuestas para desacoplar subsidios ambientalmente perversos. Carlos también ha trabajado diversos temas de la economía de la mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático, y más recientemente, como Coordinador de Investigación Económica para el Centro Mario Molina, estudió y preparó las propuestas sobre aspectos de sustentabilidad en la Reforma Energética, entre otras el diseño del impuesto al carbono y los mercados de certificados de energías limpias para el sector eléctrico. En el ITAM, el Dr. Muñoz Piña es profesor del Seminario de Investigación Económica en temas de medio ambiente y recursos naturales, con varias de las tesis desarrolladas ahí recibiendo premios y reconocimientos nacionales, entre ellos de los premios Banamex y Tlacaelel.

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Daniel A. Revollo Fernández

Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México, D.F.

Daniel is a is a member of the postdoctoral stays program at the Regional Center for Multidisciplinary Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (CRIM-UNAM). He is also a Professor in the postgraduate course in Economics at UNAM. His academic interests include environmental economic valuation techniques, game theory, experimental economics in common resource management, climate change, and infrastructure policy. Daniel is a former advisor to the Technical Subdirectorate of the Commission for the Regulation of Potable Water and Basic Sanitation of the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development in Colombia, and a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He holds a master's degree in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, and a PhD in Economics of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the UNAM.

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David Johnson

Lecturer, Economics Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

David is currently an Economics Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Prior to moving to UWM, he taught Microeconomics and Macroeconomic analysis at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Stanford University. He has received wide recognition for his teaching talent and animated style, and strives to make his courses interesting, important and relevant. David has been teaching in CSF courses since 2004.

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David Meyers

Conservation Finance Alliance, USA

David is an environmental finance expert and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in sustainability, business strategy and management, environmental economics, international conservation and development, environmental impact assessment, training, education, and research in ecology and evolution. He is currently the Executive Director of the Conservation Finance Alliance. From 2012 until 2018, David was a Sr. Technical Advisor for the BIOFIN/UNDP project. David has launched and managed various companies including a financial services company providing online marketplaces for impact investing and environmental assets, a triple-bottom-line bamboo-flooring manufacturer in Madagascar, and a technology incubator. David has spent well over a decade in Madagascar and has worked in 47 countries. In Madagascar, he helped the country plan and execute a doubling of the area under conservation, including establishing the Makira Natural Park using REDD+ financing. He holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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David Roland-Holst

Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley

David is a professor in the agricultural and resource economics department at UC Berkeley (UCB). One of the world’s leading experts on policy modeling, he has extensive research experience in economics related to environment, development, agriculture, and international trade. David’s current research spans a diverse set of topics including climate policy, biofuel, China’s development, infrastructure/development linkages, and avian influenza. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCB, where his original fields were development and mathematical economics.

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Driss Ezzine De Blas

Chief Investigator (CIRAD), France

Driss is a CIRAD researcher specializing in socio-ecosystemic design and evaluation of policies and investments for conservation and development. His focus is applied investigative research with the goal of promoting social and political change. He has extensive international field experience in Europe, Central Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is also a university professor and teacher in the areas of Environmental Policy Analysis, including Finance and Natural Capital. He is particularly interested in supporting social change on both local and international levels, advising local, national and international key actors on how to support sustainable conservation and development for farmers and local communities. Driss has a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Doctorate in Ecological Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid and CIFOR. He also holds a Masters in Anthropology and Human Ecology from the University of Gothenburg.

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Eva Anggraini

Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Eva is a lecturer and head of Tropical Marine Economics at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). She graduated from Humboldt University of Berlin with her doctoral degree in resource economics. Her research interests lie in the areas of microeconomics, economic valuation, and institutions and governance. She is also currently serving as vice deputy of strategic studies and scientific publication, research, and community service at IPB. She has also been a researcher at the Center of Coastal and Marine Resource Study (CCMRS) and was involved in several economic valuation trainings at her home university.

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Felipe Vásquez Lavin

Senior Technical Advisor, Concepción, Chile

Felipe holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics and is an Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). His areas of research include the Economics of Climate Change, Water Resources, Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Health Economics. He has published research articles in journals such as Value in Health, Climatic Change, Journal of Environmental Management, AMBIO, Water Resource Research, among others. Currently he is an associate researcher in the Environment for Development (EfD) Center in Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Center for the Study of Multiple-Drivers on Marine Socio-Ecological Systems funded by the Chilean Ministry of Economics.

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Hedley Grantham

Director, Spatial Analysis and Planning, Conservation International

Hedley is a dedicated conservation scientist and Senior Technical Director within the Integrated Assessment and Planning team at the Betty and Gordon Moore Centre for Science and Oceans at Conservation International (CI). Hedley's main focus is on biodiversity conservation, sustainable development at the landscape and seascape scale, impact assessment and compensation, and natural capital accounting. He is a specialist on integrating science into planning and decision-making for conservation and sustainable development. His experience includes working alongside NGO's, governments, development banks, communities and with the private sector. He earned his PhD from the University of Queensland where he developed conservation planning approaches accounting for ecosystem dynamics, adaptive management, and uncertainty. He has worked in academia and as a consultant before joining Conservation International. He is still a Research Associate at University of Queensland. He has conducted applied research and on-the-ground projects in marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems in Australia, Asia, Africa, South America, Mediterranean Europe and Antarctica and published over 40 peer reviewed publications.

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John Lynham

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

John is an Associate Professor of Economics and a UHERO Research Fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is the Director of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate and an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University. John holds an MA and a PhD in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). He also holds an MS in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from UCSB. John’s research interests are in environmental and resource economics, marine ecology, and behavioral economics. John received the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

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Jorge Maldonado

Senior Technical Advisor, Bogota, Colombia

Jorge is associate professor in the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He is also deputy director of the Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). His main research interests are economics applied to environment, natural resources and development, in particular the nexus of poverty and livelihoods. He has published in different journals such as Ecological Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Development, Environment and Development Economics, among others. He teaches environmental economics, natural resource economics, and microeconomics at both undergraduate and graduate level. Currently, he is the director of the Platform for Evaluation and Learning of Graduation Programs in Latin America, funded by the Ford Foundation, IDRC and Fundación Capital. He is also the director of the project Conditional Cash Transfers and Rural Development in Latin America, funded by FIDA.

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Jorge Madeira Nogueira

University of Brasilia, Brazil

Jorge Madeira is Professor and Head of the Economics Department of the University of Brasilia (UNB) in Brazil, where he has been working since 1983. Jorge received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and completed his PhD at the University of London in 1982. Between 1991 and 1995 he was a visiting Professor at the University of Cornell as a Fulbright Scholar. Jorge has published extensively on the economics of agriculture and the environment in Brazil and abroad.

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Juan Camilo Cárdenas

University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Camilo is a Professor of Economics at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. The central interest of his work is the analysis and design of institutions that promote cooperation between individuals and help solve social dilemmas in the most efficient, equitable, democratic and sustainable way possible. His research combines game theory, experimental economic techniques, and environmental valuation to explore the rationality of people’s behavior and how formal and informal institutions determine behaviors and decisions that affect one’s own well-being as well as that of others.

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Katy Mathais

Wildlife Conservation Society, USA

Katy combines experience in finance, nonprofit management, performance measurement, and governance in her role as Conservation Finance Project Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has over 20 years of experience in management and finance, having served as a consultant to for- and not-for-profit organizations in organizational effectiveness, executive compensation, performance measurement & analysis, and project effectiveness. She is the co-author of the annual Conservation Trust Investment Survey (CTIS) study of the investment management practices of Conservation Trust Funds (CTFs), project manager of the educational programs related to the CTIS, and serves as a consultant to conservation trust funds. Katy earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management, with concentrations in Strategy and Finance, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tufts University.

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Luky Adrianto

Associate Professor, Bogor Agricultural University

Luky Adrianto is an Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He holds a B.S. in Fisheries Socio-Economics from IPB, an M.S. in Fisheries Sciences and a PhD in Fisheries Resources Management, both from Kagoshima University in Japan. Luky has been working for more than 15 years in the field of coastal and marine resources management. His publications have appeared in prominent journals from the US, UK, and Indonesia. Since 2010, he has been serving on the Regional Task Force in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) for the Partnership of the Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), which has been involved in capacity building in Cambodia, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. In 2016, he was appointed to lead the group developing a national fisheries policy platform for Indonesia.

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Maria Claudia López

Assistant Professor, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Maria Claudia López, an assistant professor at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She is an economist, specializing in natural resources and environmental economics with a master's in rural development from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, and a PhD in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also completed a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship working with Elinor Ostrom at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University on issues of governance, common property, and institutional analysis. Her research uses multiple methods, including field experiments from behavioral economics, institutional analysis, econometrics, ethnography, and participatory research, to understand how rural communities can collaborate successfully in the management of commonly held natural resources. She is firmly committed to participating in work projects that have both theoretical significance and practical benefits for the communities she work with. She have conducted experiments in behavioral economics in Colombia, Spain, and Peru, and she is also developing research in other countries.

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Mauricio Medinaceli

Economist, Bolivia

Mauricio Medinaceli was previous the Minister of Hydrocarbons in Bolivia from 2005 to 2006 and the coordinator of Hydrocarbons in OLADE, based in Quito, Ecuador, from 2008-2010. He has a degree from Bolivian Catholic University and has completed postgraduate studies in both Chile and Germany. Mauricio has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, CAF, BID, PNUD, GTZ, PIEB, PKF Consulting Group, Prisma Energy America Do Sul, and Cámara Boliviana de Hidrocarburos. He has taught at numerous universities, including FLACSO University of the Americas in Ecuador, Catholic University, University of the Andes, as well as others in Bolivia. Mauricio has written several publications and books on hydrocarbon.

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Merlin Hanauer

Assistant Professor, Sonoma State University

Merlin Hanauer is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics. Merlin's research focuses on the intersection of conservation and poverty and analyzes the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of environmental policy. He employs extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS), and quasi-experimental and experimental design to elucidate policy impacts. Merlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University.

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Mike Springborn

Associate Professor, University of California - Davis

Mike Springborn is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. Mike’s work focuses on problems involving decision-making under uncertainty, learning, adaptive management and environmental risk. Recent and current projects include: salmon biodiversity management; invasive species risk from international trade; adaptive management of environmental risk; decision-making around potentially hazardous imports; and analysis of greenhouse gas control policies under uncertainty. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a master’s degree in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara.

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Nicholas Conner

Principal Conservation Economist, Office of Environment and Heritage, New South Wales Government, Australia

Nicholas Conner has thirty years of experience in natural resource management and rural development, focusing on conservation economics, socio-economic impact assessment, and natural resource policy development and analysis, particularly in Australia. He currently works as Principal Conservation Economist with the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, as well as coordinates the Economic Valuation Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. His work involves developing and managing projects on economic aspects of biodiversity conservation in relation to natural resource management, regional economic development, tourism, and ecosystem services. Nicholas has also worked as an environmental economics consultant in Europe, South-East Asia and Oceania. His recent publications relating to Oceania include Socio-Economic Assessment of Pacific Coastal Management (2011) and Economics of Marine Managed Areas of the South Pacific (2008).

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Rimawan Pradiptyo, PhD

Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, Gadjah Mada University

Rimawan is a senior lecturer and head of the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Gadjah Mada University. His research interests are in the areas of Economics of Crime, Game Theory, Experimental Economics and Impact Evaluation. He is also a resource person for Presidential Task Force for Combating Illegal Fishing for the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia. His previous appointments include: resource person for the Corruption Eradication Commission, Chief Economist of the Competition Commission KPPU, and Research Fellow at the Center for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology at the University of York in the UK.

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Dr. Ronaldo Seroa da Motta

Santa Úrsula University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ronaldo Seroa da Motta is currently the Environmental Studies Coordinator for IPEA (Institute of Applied Economic Research), a federal research institute, and a Professor of Environmental Economics at Santa Úrsula University, Rio de Janeiro. He has conducted diverse projects relating to environmental policy, market mechanisms, economic valuation, social accounting of natural resources, and distributional effects and economics of environmental regulation. Additionally, he has conducted research for World Bank projects, has been the regional coordinator for Latin America for a UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) project, and has been the Brazilian coordinator for Environmental Accounting of Forests project of FAO/United Nations.

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Stefano Pagiola

Economist, World Bank

Stefano Pagiola is an economist in the World Bank's Environment Department. He leads the Bank's work on payments for environmental services. He has worked extensively on economic valuation of environmental and natural resource problems, with particular emphasis on land degradation, ecosystem services, and biodiversity conservation. He joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1994. Before joining the Bank, he taught economics at Stanford University and was a Research Associate at Washington State University. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. His recent publications include a volume of case studies of market-based mechanisms for forest conservation, Selling Forest Environmental Services.

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Steven Hackett

Professor, Economics Department, Humboldt State University

Steven Hackett's academic work focuses on the economics of clean energy, the environment, and natural resources. Steven is a faculty member in a number of interdisciplinary programs at the university: Environmental Science and Management, Energy Technology and Policy and Environmental Studies. In addition to his academic work, Steven has provided supervision and leadership on numerous projects related to clean energy economics, fisheries economics and economic development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and Economics from Montana State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University. He previously taught at Indiana University in Bloomington.