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I currently work as a postdoctoral research associate at the Wilkes Center for Climate Science & Policy at the University of Utah. I am an affiliated researcher with the Berkeley Carbon Trading Project, UC Berkeley and completed my PhD in 2020 from the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates Scholar.


My current research quantitatively examines whether the widespread availability of inexpensive carbon credits on the voluntary carbon market  disincentivizes corporations from making direct emissions reductions. I previously studied climate policy and the political ecology of forest carbon credits, with a focus on the development of California's cap and trade program and environmental justice debates.


My academic research has been published in Conservation & Society, Ecosystem Services and several books. I have also published articles on climate policy and practical ethics in national outlets such as the

San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the Oregonian, the Salt Lake Tribune, the High Country News, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Prior to academia, I worked in the specialty coffee industry for six years, where I launched the development branch of a coffee importing company to improve coffee producer livelihoods while conserving the biologically diverse environments where coffee is grown. During that time, I raised $4.4 million as a grant writer and oversaw development projects in 11 countries. Our projects were featured at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (2011 and 2010) and National Geographic's Wild Chronicles television series.

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