Career Advancement and Mentorship Program

Program Information Mentors and Mentees CAM Committee Previous Cohorts


Meet our 2019 Mentors


Dave Abler, Pennsylvania State University

My research interests include international food and agricultural trade and trade policy, international economic development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. My country expertise includes work in China, Costa Rica, France, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. I am the J. Lossing Buck Visiting Professor at Nanjing Agricultural University in China.


Todd Guilfoos, University of Rhode Island

Water economics, common pool resource management, dynamic decision making under uncertainty, and complex systems.  Water economics includes watershed management, water quality, valuation, and water quantity –allocative- issues. Tools employed include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), agent-based modeling, and regression analysis.  Early work on groundwater economics introduces basic hydrology into economic models of groundwater extraction to understand the economic effects of lateral water flows. I am also interested in Case-based Decision Theory and the application of this theory to empirical data in natural resources, as an alternative to rational expectations.

Neha Khanna, Binghamton University

Neha is an environmental economist with a special interest in air quality.  Her recent work has focused on conspicuous consumption and environmental status signaling and the efficacy of voluntary self-regulation.  Current projects include pollution spillovers associated with mandatory and voluntary regulation and the air quality impacts of rapid economic change such as the development of unconventional shale gas resources, the spread of ride-sharing services and the disruption of government operations. She has served on the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Energy Statistics, on the Editorial Boards of Contemporary Economic Policy and Ecological Economics, and was the Managing Editor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review from 2013-2016.


Subramanian Kumarappan, Ohio State ATI

Dr. Subbu Kumarappan is an Associate Professor in Ohio State ATI (Wooster). He teaches courses in introductory economics and business and has experience creating online course content and flipped classrooms. His research interests include production efficiencies in organic agriculture, diversification of small farms, biobased resources, and using various technologies for classroom pedagogy.


Yusuke Kuwayama, Resources for the Future

Yusuke Kuwayama is a Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). Kuwayama’s research focuses on the economics of water resource management and the societal value of Earth science information. Kuwayama strives to conduct economic analysis that leads to effective and efficient policy solutions for three major problems related to water quality and scarcity: inefficient water use in the agricultural sector; tradeoffs across economic and ecosystem uses of water; and wastewater management. The methods and techniques he uses to address these issues vary depending on the specific research question, but usually consist of dynamic optimization, applied econometrics, and policy analysis.


Kelly Maguire, Economic Research Service, USDA

Kelly Maguire is currently the Acting Assistant Administrator for USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).  She also manages the Conservation and Environment Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division at ERS. She oversees staff analyses, special projects, and manages a suite of research focused on domestic conservation; natural resources, environment, and agricultural systems; and organic agriculture, as well as data collection and modeling work. Kelly's own research and expertise includes non-market valuation of ecosystem services and health impacts, distributional analysis of environmental impacts, and benefit-cost analysis.


Shana McDermott, Trinity University

Trained as an applied microeconomist, my research focuses on jointly determined human and natural systems, and developing policies that will enable humans to better manage natural resources. My current research examines invasive species valuation and management, the effect of the discount rate on environmental policy, and rangeland conservation in the desert Southwest. Prior to my appointment at Trinity University, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Dartmouth College in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Studies Program, and an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico.


Caroline Noblet, University of Maine

Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Information Processing (eco-labels, message framing, etc.), Environmental Economics and Behavior, Sustainability Science. My research interest is in behavioral/ experimental environmental economics with a particular focus on how people process and utilize information.  I am currently working on projects that examine the role of risk perceptions, choice architecture, valuation of the environment and environmental motivation in natural resource decision making.  I enjoy the opportunity to engage with decision-makers on research and am pleased to be able to conduct work in my home state of Maine.


Jeffrey O'Hara, U.S. Department of Agriculture

I am an economist that studies food systems at USDA. My professional interests are to research and apply economic concepts that foster community development and reward business practices that are environmentally sustainable. I have a background in academic economic research, writing reports for lay audiences, outreach, and convening.


Susan Sayre, Smith College

Susan Stratton Sayre's research uses numerical simulation and dynamic optimization techniques to investigate water policy in a variety of settings. Her recent projects focus on the downside risk of climate change in the California Central Valley agricultural sector, how the possibility of improved information influences optimal current payments for hydrological ecosystem services, the impact of endogenous investment in well deepening on groundwater externalities, and the impact of mistrust on negotiations over the future of California’s Sacramento San Joaquin delta.


John Spraggon, University of Massachusetts Amherst

John Spraggon is the Chair of the Department and Full Professor of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has expertise in the design and conduct of laboratory experiments primarily applied to environmental economic issues such as nonpoint source pollution and markets for tradable emission permits.


Richard Vyn, University of Guelph

Richard Vyn is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. He completed a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of Guelph. Richard has conducted extensive research related to property values, both agricultural and residential, focusing in particular on the impacts of agricultural zoning and the impacts of wind turbines. His other areas of research include marketing of agricultural and food products, economic impacts of agriculture and rural policy, and economic analysis of agricultural production practices. Richard has published in a variety of journals, including in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Richard is a board member for the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and the webmaster for the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

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