My current research focuses on how people and communities derive benefits and value from publically managed natural resources, and how public agencies allocate resources to manage the flow of ecosystem goods and services provided by public lands. This work is intended to provide guidance to managers on cost-effective ways to manage lands for multiple benefits, inform policy discussions about the economics of public lands management, and contribute to scientific advances in natural resource economics and public lands management fields.
Assessing the roles of forest ecosystem goods and services in sustaining well-being for households and communities
How do ecological changes affect the well-being of people who rely on forest ecosystem services? How do people make tradeoffs to access ecosystem services provided by public forests and adapt to changes in forest ecosystem services? This research area explores how people make economic decisions to access and derive benefits from ecosystem goods and services provided by publically managed forests. It seeks to better understand the socio-economic tradeoffs associated with natural resource management activities and how ecological changes will affect people who derive benefits from public lands.
The economics of wildfire management by public land management agencies
This research area investigates how public agencies allocate resources, make tradeoffs, and make decisions to manage risk and uncertainty when managing wildland fires. The goal of this research is to provide decision makers with information that can improve the cost effectiveness of wildfire management activities and aid in understanding how management decisions affect wildfire outcomes.
My broad research interests explore the intersection of the natural world with household economic activity and decisions, the role of natural landscapes in providing market and non-market benefits to households and communities, and the economics of managing forest disturbances (such as wildland fire) to maintain ecological values. These topics look at how households make economic decisions in relation to forests and other natural features, and how public managers allocate resources to achieve multiple land management objectives.
Understanding how people behave and make economic decisions is a key element of management of public lands. People have varied demands for the goods and services provided by the nation's forests, make economic tradeoffs to access them, and adapt to ecological and management changes to improve well-being. Using economics and an understanding of human behavior and decision making can help managers anticipate how decisions affect people and communities, and can aid in the deisgn of programs and policies meant to sustain benefits provided by public lands for current and future generations of people.