I work on issues like monetizing the value of ecosystem services, identifying trade-offs between conservation and development, quantifying climate change mitigation costs, and promoting sustainability, with a specific emphasis on the spatial heterogeneity of impacts. 

My current projects revolve around the following interlinked topics: 

  • Promoting conservation and development in working lands (including supply-chain interventions)
  • Protected areas
  • Institutions (the establishment of property rights, decentralization and devolution of natural resource management rights, community managed resources). 

Current projects

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“FORAD: Managing forests for development and conservation in the Pan-Tropics with Subhrendu Pattanayak, Erin Sills, Alex Pfaff, Jimena Rico Straffon, Allen Blackman, Karen Mo, Bronson Griscom, Pushpendra Rana, Brent Sohngen, Lea Fortmann, Corinne Bocci**, Peter Ellis, Peter Umunay, Anand Roopsind, Natalia Zappernick**,  Laura Villalobos, Jim Uhland**, Y.S (Samuel) Cheng**, Ethan Belair, Merlin Hanauer

“Assessing the role of vertical integration in preventing deforestation and forest degradation in Mexican ejidos” with Bronson Griscom, Peter Ellis, Edward Ellis, Erin Sills, David Bray, Elvira Duran Medina, Steve Polasky, Colette Naples**, Claire Uematsu**, and Dawn Ward 

“Natural Climate Solutions for Indonesia, China, and Colombia” with Nyonho O**, Chris Zganjar, Peter Ellis, Diego Navarrete, Armando Sarmiento Lopez, Nisa Novita, Ruslandi, Chandra Agung Septiadi Putra, Brent Sohngen, Timm Kroeger

"Palmexpand: Social, Economic, and Environmental Impacts of Oil Palm Expansion in Indonesia" with Cécile Bessou, Damien Arvor, Jérémie Gignoux, François Libois, and Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann

“Evaluating the impacts of Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)”, with Derric Pennington, Y.S. (Samuel) Cheng**, Amit Pradhananga

 “Assessing heterogeneity in FSC certification performance in Indonesia”with Subhrendu Pattanayak, Bronson Griscom, and Peter Ellis 

“Harnessing the ecosystem services of vacant lots to promote sustainability and resilience in Cleveland, OH" with Mary Gardiner, Frances Sivakoff, Mary Rodriguez, Xenia Marzan**, Spencer See**, and Natalia Zappernick**