Career Advancement and Mentorship Program

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Meet our 2017 Mentees

Our 2017 cohort of mentees include early career environmental, agricultural and resource economists with a variety of research and teaching interests. The mentees are listed below.


Xiaoli Etienne, West Virginia University
Dr. Xiaoli Etienne is Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at West Virginia Unviersity. Her research interests include commodity marketing, applied price analysis, forecasting, risk management, and policy analysis. Current research projects include: empirically estimating the impact of financial speculation in commodity markets, forecasting commodity prices in volatile time periods, and evaluating regional price integrations in the natural gas market. Xiaoli completed her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the Unviersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Keith Evans, University of Maine
Dr. Keith S. Evans is an Assistant Professor of Marine Resource Economics in the School of Economics and School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. Dr. Evans spent three years teaching at St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, before joining the faculty at the University of Maine. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University in 2011, where he worked under Catherine L. Kling, Joseph A. Herriges, and Quinn Weninger. Dr. Evans specializes in environmental and natural resource economics and applied econometrics, with a focus on marine resource economics. He is interested in the linkages between resource management actions and the outcomes experienced in coastal communities, and the adaptation by coastal resource users to these policy changes. Current work explores the development of marine aquaculture in the United States and the impacts of this development on residential property values,  public perceptions of the trade-offs between wild-capture fisheries and marine farms, and the spatial planning problem of balancing the biological suitability of coastal waters with the “social suitability” of these marine spaces. Additional research examines regulatory impacts on wild-capture fisheries. For example, investigating quota price volatility, quota concentration, and the winners and losers during the transition period following the introduction of a tradable property rights program (e.g., and ITQ system). 

Richard Klotz, Colgate University
Dr. Richard Klotz is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Colgate University. His research interest lies in environmental economics with a particular focus on climate, energy and environmental policies. His current work evaluates sector-level climate policies, including projects that evaluate policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gases in sectors exempt from broader climate change legislation, establish the relationship between the stringency of policies supporting clean technologies and resulting marginal emissions and derive the conditions under which lifecycle analysis measures may be used as a basis for policy. He has published research on the climate implications of US biofuel policies and the limitations of lifecycle analysis for informing policy decisions. At Colgate, he teaches courses in environmental economics and econometrics. Richard holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied economics from Cornell University and was an undergraduate at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Sonja Kolstoe, Salisbury University
Dr. Sonja Kolstoe is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Salisbury University in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business with a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. She did her undergraduate work at the Washington State University where she earned a B.S in Biology, with a minor in Economics. In college, she realized that she cared about the policy relevance of research and that caused her to switch tracks and pursue economics. She went on to pursue an M.A in Economics at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where her thesis research concerned risk preferences and probability weighting among extreme sports participants. She then went on to earn an Economics and a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon. She completed the full complement of Economics Ph.D. coursework as well as additional graduate coursework in Ecology and Public Policy (including population biology, ecosystem ecology and geographic information systems). Her research interests span a wide variety of topics in environmental economics with an emphasis on the non-market valuation of environmental goods, public economics and applied econometrics. To date, she has focused on recreational demand models, a natural interest for her given that she loves the outdoors, largely because of the recreational opportunities it affords outdoor enthusiasts such as herself. 

Kailin Kroetz, Resources for the Future
Dr. Kailin Kroetz's research focuses on policy questions related to coupled natural-human systems in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. A major focus of her research is the design and evaluation of programs used to manage fisheries. Current work explores the trade-offs of incorporating multiple objectives (social, cultural, and economic) into the design of tradable permit programs in the United States and in developing countries. Additional research examines land use choices and the implications for endangered species and biodiversity protection. For example, past work looks at how broadening the set of policy options considered when conducting conservation planning can impact the efficient use of limited conservation funds.

Yueming (Lucy) Qui, University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Lucy Qiu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland College Park. Prior to joining the faculty at Maryland in 2017, she was an assistant professor in energy economics at Arizona State University. She was a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future in the summer of 2014.  Lucy received her Bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research interest is on energy economics and policy, with a focus on the economics of energy efficiency and renewable energy, including the analysis of the international diffusion of clean energy technologies, analysis of consumer and corporate behaviors and the adoption of clean energy technologies, evaluation of the technological and economic performance of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and energy policy evaluation. She conducts research in both United States and East Asia including China and Japan.

Lorie Srivastava, UC Davis
Dr. Lorie Srivastava is an environmental economist, with a special interest in water issues and climate change. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from Michigan State University. She holds a MA in Economics, also from Michigan State University, a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from University of British Columbia, a BA in Economics, and a B.C.Sc. Honours in Computer Science, the latter two from the University of Manitoba.  Lorie is currently working as part of a multidisciplinary team that is undertaking a socio-economic vulnerability assessment of national forests in southern California. The project is a collaboration between researchers at UC Davis, the US Forest Service, and Michigan State University. As an economist, she is attempting to quantify the economic value of select ecosystem services from forests and chaparral landscapes within these national forests. These ecosystem services include water, recreational benefits, and others such as carbon sequestration.Lorie has held a variety of positions before joining UC Davis. Most recently, she worked as an economic consultant on various public policy issues (e.g. road congestion charges, public education, market study on the demand for ferry service), Manager of the research group for a public transport agency in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia (TransLink), Acting Executive Director of a multi-university research data group at the University of British Columbia (Population Data BC), researcher at Environment Canada, faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, a post-doctoral fellow at University of Alberta, and a non-partisan researcher within the Economics Division at Parliament of Canada.

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