My research career began in Steve Salant's economic writing course at University of Michigan. After a brief stint working for a credit card company, Steve steered me towards Resources for the Future, an environmental economics think tank in Washington, DC. I worked as a Research Assistant at RFF for three rewarding years, focusing primarily on U.S. climate policies and renewable energy technologies. I left RFF for a six-month position at the Environment for Development Initiative in Turrialba, Costa Rica, where I studied the impact of marine protected areas on fishing communities. This provided me with valuable experience conducting field research at the intersection of environmental and development economics.
I returned to the U.S. to begin my PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, sight-unseen, thanks to several persuasive conversations with my future advisor, Meredith Fowlie. Six years later, I have completed coursework in the fields of environmental and resource economics, development economics, and industrial organization. I have also had the privilege of working with Berkeley's all-star team of energy economists at the Energy Institute at Haas.