Career Advancement and Mentorship Program

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Meet our 2019 Mentees


Andrew Boslett

Andy Boslett is a research associate at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Professor Elaine Hill’s lab. He is also an economist at the Rochester Data Science Consortium. He received his PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. His research fields of interest include environmental economics, energy economics, and health economics. He is currently working on a number of projects evaluating the economic, environmental, and public health impacts of the shale oil and gas boom. He is also developing a series of projects exploring the drivers of the recent opioid epidemic.


Bentley Clinton

Bentley Clinton is a Postdoctoral Associate with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) specializing in economic analysis of energy markets.  His research focuses on current and future trends toward deep decarbonization in the electric power sector and on quantifying the challenges and opportunities for expanded electrification of consumer products and industrial processes.  His ongoing work uses econometric techniques and high-resolution data to (i) assess the efficacy of electric vehicle incentives and to (ii) quantify the costs and consequences of energy generation from renewable sources.  Prior to joining MITEI, he was a researcher with the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory studying transportation economics and policy, and a Senior Analyst at Analysis Group where he specialized in issues of energy, environmental, and antitrust economics.  He holds a MA and a PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Naima Farah

Naima Farah is a Research Associate at the Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center. She received her PhD in Economics from University of Calgary in 2017. Her research interests are energy, environment, agriculture, natural resources, and development economics. She is currently working on a number of projects on unconventional oil and gas development impacts, environmental effects of power plants, biofuel crop production effects on emission reduction, and food-energy-water nexus in Texas. She is also developing a project on estimating post-disaster corruption in relief distribution. Besides TAMU AgriLife Research Center, Naima also works as a visiting research fellow at Elaine Hill Research Lab in University of Rochester Medical Center and Dept. of Economics, University of Monash.


Jill Fitzsimmons

Jill Fitzsimmons is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research incorporates methods from industrial organization and behavioral economics to analyze firm and consumer decision making in imperfectly competitive agricultural markets. Jill works closely with agricultural industry representatives, food scientists, and stakeholders to test hypotheses with concrete public and private applications. Prior to her role at UMass, she served as Agricultural Marketing Specialist with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Transportation and Marketing Division and as a community economic development practitioner with nearly 20 years of field experience leading grassroots organizing, advocacy, and project management to support national, state, and local organizations' initiatives. Jill holds an MS in Community Economic Development and a PhD in Resource Economics.


Patrick Fleming

Patrick Fleming is an assistant professor of economics at Franklin & Marshall College.  His research is focused on water quality, agricultural sustainability, and the evaluation of public policy to achieve water quality goals.  His published work includes the integration of economic models of household & farm conservation behavior with their associated water quality effects.  More recently, he has collaborated on a field experiment to test the effect of informational nudges on rural landowners’ stream bank conservation decisions, and has designed a household stormwater survey that addresses the issue of transaction costs of stormwater practice adoption.  Patrick teaches courses on environmental and natural resource economics, ecological economics, statistics, and public policy in relation to sustainability, poverty and human capability.


Kelly Hellman

Kelly Hellman is an assistant professor in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is an affiliate of the Wharton Risk Center within the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her PhD in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018.  As an empirical environmental economist, Kelly is interested in understanding market and behavioral responses to various environmental risks to inform public policy.  She has explored the capitalization of inland flood risk into property values, the capitalization of the risk of oil wash-ups into property values, and behavioral responses to air quality alerts informing people of air pollution risks. Her current work focuses on market responses to natural hazards (floods, fires and earthquakes) and the role of hazard disclosure in incentivizing individual and community efforts to prepare for and protect against damages. 


Kyle Hoy

Kyle Hoy is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shepherd University. He received his PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics from Penn State. His research interests primarily lie in the areas of energy and environmental economics and policy analysis. His current research projects include analyzing the effects of the shale gas boom on agriculture and estimating the effectiveness of candy taxes in decreasing candy consumption.


Hongxing Liu

Hongxing Liu is an assistant professor at Lafayette College. She received her PhD in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from The Ohio State University in 2017. Her main research interests are the optimal balance of socio-environmental system, where she uses non-market valuation and dynamic optimal control models to manage tradeoffs between economic decisions and ecosystem services. She builds integrated assessment models and agent-based models linking hydrological processes and economic decisions to evaluate tradeoffs between agricultural productivity and water quality and focuses on the spatial heterogeneity both in terms of the physical field characteristics and social connections to study the optimal design of policies and individual participation in water quality trading programs. She is also interested in understanding household and individual food consumption decisions and their impact on food waste.


Jayash Paudel

Jayash Paudel is an applied microeconomist, with research interests in environmental and development economics. He received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. His research focuses on a variety of topics, including climate change, natural disasters, water pollution, food security and household welfare. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as World Development, Ecological Economics and Journal of Comparative Economics. In July 2019, he will be joining Boise State University as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics.


Linh Pham

Linh Pham is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Central Oklahoma. She received her PhD in Economics from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2017. Her research interests include energy, resource and environmental economics, with a particular interest in the roles of finance in promoting clean energy and sustainable development. She is currently working on a number of projects that study the linkage between clean energy and other financial markets. In addition, she is also studying the energy transition process among various energy sources in electricity production.


Kanae Tokunaga

Kanae Tokunaga is an Associate Research Scientist in Coastal and Marine Resource Economics at Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). Prior to joining GMRI, she served as a researcher at the University of Tokyo and Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency and served as a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund. In her research, she applies various research methods, including bioeconomic modeling, econometrics, surveys, and interviews, to approach coastal and marine resource management issues. In particular, she is interested in understanding the efficiency, efficacy, and stability of various fisheries management institutions, and how they may be impacted by climate change and other environmental changes. She is also interested in understanding various aspects of socio-economic activities that take place in coastal communities, and how they shape coastal and marine resource use. She values and enjoys collaborative research and continues to work with researchers from diverse disciplines, while also working closely with coastal communities, policymakers, and industries.


Matthew Wibbenmeyer

Dr. Matthew Wibbenmeyer is a Fellow at Resources for the Future. His research uses applied econometrics, spatial data, interdisciplinary approaches, and insights from behavioral economics to study issues related to forest, land, and wildfire management. To this point, his research has focused on wildfire management and on decision-making among public land managers, a topic he became interested in prior to graduate school while working as a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service. Matthew completed his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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