Career Advancement and Mentorship Program

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Meet our 2017 Mentors

Our 2017 cohort of mentors are well-established economists from varied backgrounds, each with an impressive set of accomplishments.


Sanjib Bhuyan, Rutgers University
Dr. Sanjib Bhuyan is an Associate Professsor in the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics at Rutgers University. The primary research focus of Dr. Bhuyan is on the problems and issues related to the industrial organization of the food systems, particularly relating to industry structure, conduct and performance, and the economics of cooperatives. Past and current research include modeling and measurement of the impact of restructuring of the food sectors, including analysis of vertical coordination, and effectiveness of cooperative organizations in the United States. In addition, the food marketing aspect of Dr. Bhuyan’s research focuses on the economics of FAFH and FAH markets, consumer behavior, and marketing of agricultural products in developing countries.  Dr. Bhuyan’s teaching responsibilities and interests mirror his research interests.


Charles Towe, University of Connecticut





Sarah Jacobson, Williams College
Dr. Sarah Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College, where she has been since 2010. She completed her PhD in Economics at Georgia State University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in 1998. She is an environmental and behavioral economist who studies interactions between preferences and institutions, mostly using laboratory experiments. Her work has been published in top field journals such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and Experimental Economics. Specific themes in her work include reciprocity, cases in which social preferences yield inefficient outcomes, and punishment and deterrence. She has current projects on security institutions, proxy decision-making, the enforcement of water pollution regulations, racial bias, and charity donations. 

Martin Heintzelman, Clarkson University
Dr. Martin D. Heintzelman is an environmental economist jointly appointed as the Fredric C. Menz Scholar of Environmental Economics in the Clarkson University School of Business and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. He is also Director of the Clarkson University Center for Canadian Studies. He has previously been the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Environment and Economy at the University of Ottawa (2015-2016) and served as the President of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association from July 2015 to June 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Economics (2006) as well as two Master’s Degrees (in Economics and Resource Policy and Behavior) from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Economics and Canadian Studies from Duke University in 1998. His research focuses on the valuation of environmental amenities and disamenities, primarily using revealed preference methods. Topically, his work focuses on the property value impacts of water quality and ecosystem health, as well as on the impacts of wind turbines and other forms of energy infrastructure. He also studies land use and other local environmental policies, seeking to explain both their implementation and impacts. He is currently working on a number of projects related to energy infrastructure and its interface with local communities. He resides in Potsdam, NY with his wife, two sons and two dogs, and spends as much time as possible biking, running, hiking and camping in and around the Adirondack Park. He is also an amateur jazz pianist and avid reader. 

Mario Teisl, University of Maine
Dr. Mario Teisl is a Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Maine (UMaine). He obtained his M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UMaine in 1990; and a Ph.D in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland in 1997.  Before graduate school Mario worked in fisheries and agricultural extension in Papua New Guinea (Peace Corps).  As a Ph.D. candidate he worked for two-years in the Consumer Studies Branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  At UMaine he was Director of the School for Policy and International Affairs (4 years) and is currently Director of the School of Economics. Mario’s research focuses on non-market valuation and how health and environmental information affects values and behavior.  He has 74 published articles in a range of journals (AJAE; JEEM; Food Policy; Food Control; Journal of Economic Psychology; Transportation Research; Energy Policy; Ecological Economics; Land Economics; Forest Science; Environmental Research; Sustainability Science).  He teaches courses in research methods and international environmental economics and policy.  Dr Teisl was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a visiting Invited Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.

Heather Klemick, EPA
Dr. Heather Klemick has worked as an economist with EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics since 2007. Her portfolio of research and regulatory review has included toxics, biofuels, land use, climate change, and ecosystem services. Her current research focuses on lead poisoning, voluntary environmental programs, and energy efficiency. During 2009-2010, she served as Deputy Associate Director for Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She also served as a US delegate to the 12th Session of IPCC Working Group III (Mitigation) in 2014. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland and a BA from Brown University. 

Elaine Frey, California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Elaine Frey is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at California State University, Long Beach and the Director of Graduate Studies for the university.  She received a Ph.D. from George Washington University in 2008 and a B.A. in Economics from Salisbury University in 2002.  Dr. Frey has published research in areas such as technology change and environmental policy, valuation of natural resources, and the impact of environmental regulations on electricity generation.  Her current research projects include understanding the drivers of solar energy in California and examining job outcomes of economics majors.  As Director of Graduate Studies, she works on a variety of university initiatives and institutional research efforts to promote and improve graduate student success. 

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