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Dept of Economics, St. Francis Xavier University,
PO Box 5000, Antigonish NS, CANADA B2G 2W5

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Greetings! I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at St. Francis Xavier University. My research is in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. I generally focus on issues related to climate change, and my research has involved modelling optimal resource extraction in the context of climate change, as well as impact analysis with a focus on climate policy. I completed my PhD at the University of Victoria, where my research focused on wetlands management in the face of climate change. Since arriving at StFX in 2012, my research has been funded by internal grants, as well as two grants from Natural Resources Canada, a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a grant from Memorial University’s CARE program. This research has supported over 15 student research assistants, and led to multiple publications. Please click the links above to review my publications or read my detailed Curriculum Vitae.

Currently, I am working on multiple papers related to forest management in the context of climate change. This work uses a Markov decision process model to explore uneven-aged forest management decisions when considering the value of carbon offsets in forests, as well as many extensions related to stochastic prices, hardwood products and carbon stored in soil. I am also working on an interdisciplinary project that is funded by Natural Resources Canada, which measures methane emissions from legacy mines and wells in NS and NB, Canada, as well as the net benefits of mitigation. I am also working on separate projects related to estimating willingness to pay for protection from coastal storm surge in NS, valuing wetlands in NS, and modeling the general equilibrium impacts of environmental policy.