Advisees & Prospective Students

Natural Resource Economics & Policy Lab ⇐ Check out the NatuRE Policy Lab for examples of recent work from students I work with and others with related interests at UCD.

bikecircleI advise students as a member of three graduate groups:

  1. Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE)
  2. Graduate Group in Ecology (GGE) — Environmental Policy Area of Emphasis
  3. Masters of Environmental Policy and Management (EPM)

Prospective students: For Ph.D. students it is important to have a quantitative background (economics, mathematics and/or statistics). When inquiring about graduate school at UC Davis, please address in your email:

  • The program you are interested in (ARE, GGE, or EPM)
  • A short description of your academic and professional background (including economics and ecology classes), your academic interests, and a couple of sentences on why you are interested in attending graduate school

Advisees/student collaborators


Joakim Weill (Ph.D. candidate, ARE): Joakim collaborates with me on the loss of amphibian ecosystem services and incidence of malaria in Central America and COVID-19 social distancing.  His fields include Development Economics, Environmental Economics, and Political Economy.



Jack Buckner (Ph.D. candidate, GGE): Jack is a trainee in UCD’s Sustainable Oceans NSF research-training program. He is broadly interested in using mathematical, statistical and computational tools to address the challenge of sustainably managing marine resources in a changing world. His research focuses on the role of ecological feedbacks and tipping points in managed systems and how policy can be designed to improve the resilience of marine ecosystems. Jack collaborates with me on COVID-19 vaccine allocation.  Additional affiliations: Baskett Lab.


Emily McGlynn (Ph.D. candidate, ARE) studies the impact of bioenergy demand on forest carbon sequestration. Her fields include  Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Economics.



Kyumin Kim (Ph.D. student, ARE): Kyumin focuses on marine resource management and environmental issues relating to marine ecosystems. In particular, he studies the impacts of environmental shocks (e.g. climate change and environmental disease) on marine and fisheries ecosystems. His approach involves integrating ecological and economic disciplines to identify optimal management strategies for environmental and natural resource management.

Edward WhitneyEdward Whitney (Ph.D. candidate, ARE) studies health and natural resources in developing countries, specifically the relationships between labor productivity and Schistosomiasis, an environmentally transmitted parasitic disease, among fishing communities on an island in Lake Victoria, Uganda.  His fields include Natural Resource Economics and Development Economics.


Xiurou Wu (Ph.D. candidate, ARE): Xiurou is studying the joint management of ecosystem services (commercial fishery and crane conservation) in the context of Lake Poyang in China. Her fields include Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Economics



François Castonguay (Ph.D. candidate, ARE): Economic epidemiology; Natural resource and environmental economics.




Pierce Donovan (ARE, 2020) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Colgate University as a : Pierce collaborates with me on shadow value viability.  His focus includes environmental and natural resource economics, structural econometrics, and development economics. He works on developing new techniques to solve dynamic optimization problems with joint probabilistic constraints.


Amanda Lindsay (ARE, 2019) Assistant Professor, Luther College.  Amanda collaborated with me on a 2016 JEBO paper on  Harnessing enforcement leverage at the border to minimize biological risk from international live species trade.   In her job market paper she employed an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate the local economic and biological implications of marine policies in rural Indonesia. Her analysis illustrates to what extent these policies can achieve sustainable development objectives.

Amanda Faig (ARE, 2017) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UW & NOAA




Joanne Brasch (Individual PhD program, Lecturer (UC Davis) and Project Manager (California Product Stewardship Council))



Matthew MacLachlan (ARE, 2015), USDA – Economic Research Service



Cloe Garnache (ARE, 2013), Assistant Professor, Michigan State University.





boon-ling_yeoBoon-Ling Yeo (GGE, 2013), Postdoctoral Scholar, Energy Institute, UC Davis.