I am an applied economist with research interests in agricultural and anti-deforestation policies. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Professor Holly Gibbs, at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and with Professor Daniel Phaneuf, from the Agricultural and Applied Economics department. Broadly, I use applied microeconomics tools with geospatial data in order to quantify impact and answer questions relevant for policy building.
My research focuses on how policy incentives affect the behaviors of agricultural producers and influence deforestation and welfare. I study a broad set of tools that aim to protect ecosystems; encountered in many countries, these tools include payments for environmental services, near real-time deforestation alerts, and environmental supply-chain commitments (often made in response to threats to brand reputation). Through my research, I aim to examine how environmental policies might go awry, either because they are undermined by other policies, or through leakage and laundering that occur as a result of the policy itself. These analyses seek greater understandings for more effective policies.