Welcome! I am an assistant professor of cooperative extension at UC Davis in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. My main fields of interest include agricultural economics and international trade as well as development, remote sensing, and climate change. A connecting theme in my research is that I aim to study the determinants of why regions choose to produce the (primarily agricultural) commodities they do, and the aggregate consequences of those decisions. In my work, I quantify the forces that determine where agriculture is produced as well as where it might be produced in the future, the interactions between licit and illicit crop production, and the distribution of scarce natural resources. I obtained my Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics and completed my B.S. at the University of Minnesota in Economics and Mathematics.
In my free time, I enjoy going up and down mountains, either on foot or on skis.