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Expert in Economic and Econometric Analysis

Expert ID: 730341 California, USA

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Expert is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and the Environmental Science and Policy Department at a major university. Expert is also the President of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics Bay Area Chapter, the Fossil Fuels Tract Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies and a Research Associate at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is one of the seven economists selected to serve on the California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors. Expert’s fields of interest are environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics. Among her current areas of research are the petroleum industry, renewable energy, natural resources, environmental regulation, and air quality. She has done consulting work related to renewable energy and to sustainability. Expert has received numerous awards for her research, including the International Society for New Institutional Economics Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation and the Harvard University Stone Fellow Award for Best Paper Written by a Doctoral Student in Environmental and Resource Policy. She was selected as a Hellman Fellow for promising young faculty who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research. Expert received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006.



Expert analyzed the economic benefits of a proposed wind energy project for an energy company.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California - Sunnyvale, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2006 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Economics Institution: Harvard University
Year: 2005 Degree: A.M. Subject: Economics Institution: Harvard University
Year: 2000 Degree: A.B. Subject: Environmental Science and Public Policy Institution: Harvard University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to 2013 Employer: University of California at Davis Title: Assistant Professor Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics Responsibilities: Expert conducts research on and teaches courses in dynamic optimization, applied econometrics, environmental and natural resource economics, and energy economics.
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Professor Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics Responsibilities: Expert conducts research on and teaches courses in dynamic optimization, applied econometrics, environmental and natural resource economics, and energy economics.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2007 to Present Agency: California State Controller Role: Member of Council of Economic Advisors Description: Expert advises the California State Controller on issues related to California's environment, energy and natural resources.

Career Accomplishments

Professional Appointments
Member, California State Controller’s Council of Economic Advisors (April 2007 to present)

Research Associate, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government (June 2006 to present)

Faculty Affiliate, UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (November 2006 to present)

Fossil Fuels Track Director, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program, UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (December 2006 to present)

Faculty Member, UC-Davis Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy (March 2007 to present)

Faculty Member, UC-Davis Graduate Group in Applied Math (March 2007 to present)

Faculty Member, UC-Davis Graduate Group in Ecology (October 2007 to present)

Member, Bioenergy Research Group at UC-Davis (December 2006 to present)

Faculty Associate, UC-Davis Air Quality Research Center (December 2006 to present)

Member, Giannini Foundation for Agricultural Economics (July 2006 to present)

Member, California Biomass Collaborative (October 2007 to present)

Faculty Expert, UC-Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment (September 2008 to present)

Associated Faculty, UC-Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior (July 2010 to present)

Affiliated Faculty, University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (June 2011 to present)
Awards / Recognition
University of California at Davis Hellman Fellow (2011)

International Society for New Institutional Economics Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation (2006)

Stone Fellow Award for Best Paper Written by a Doctoral Student in Environmental and Resource Policy (2006)

Repsol YPF–Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program Conference Travel Grant (2006)

The Partnership University Fellow (2005-2006)

Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University Pre-Doctoral Conference Travel Grant (2004)

Repsol YPF–Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program Conference Travel Grant (2004)

1st Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, young economist participant, selected to give closing remarks on behalf of students (2004)

Harvard University Department of Economics Research and Travel Award (2004)

Repsol YPF–Harvard Kennedy School Fellows Program Research Travel Grant (2004)

Harvard Committee on Undergraduate Education Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (Fall 2003)

Repsol YPF–Harvard Kennedy School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in energy policy (2003)

Jens Aubrey Westengard Scholarship (2003)

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Award (2002)

Harvard Committee on Undergraduate Education Certificate of Distinction in Teaching (Fall 2002)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2001)

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2001, declined in favor of EPA fellowship)

Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship (2000-2003)

Rita Ricardo-Campbell Fellowship in Economics (2000)

Environmental Economics Program at Harvard University Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2000-2006)

Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for the top 64 Harvard senior theses (2000)

Donald and Cathleen Pfister Prize for excellence in the natural sciences (2000)

Junior-year Phi Beta Kappa (1999)

Morris K. Udall Scholarship for excellence in environmental policy (1999)

Harvard College Research Program research fellowship (1999)

President Chao Nee Memorial Scholarship (1999)

John Harvard Scholarship (1997, 1998, 1999, & 2000)

Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Scholarship (1997, 1998 & 1999)

Detur Book Prize (1997)

First Place Grand Award at International Science and Engineering Fair (1996)
Publications and Patents Summary
She has 43 publications.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California at Davis
ARE 175/ESP 175: Natural Resource Economics (2008 – present)
ARE 298 (formerly ARE 276): Advanced Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics (2007 – present)
ARE 254: Dynamic Optimization Techniques with Economic Applications (Fall 2011)
ECL 298: Environmental Policy and Human Ecology Core Course (Winter 2010)
ARE 199: Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (2007 - present)
ECN 194HB: Honors Thesis in Economics (2011-2012)
Faculty Mentor, Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Summer 2007)
Guest Lecturer, ARE 176: Environmental Economics (November 17, 2009)
Guest Lecturer, Engineering Civil and Environmental (ECI) 269: Transportation – Air Quality (May 2, 2007)
Guest Lecturer, Engineering Biological Systems (EBS) 216: Energy Systems (March 14, 2007)

Harvard University
Participant in Discussion Leading Master Class, Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (2005-2006)
Teaching Fellow for Prof. Martin Weitzman, Economics 1690: “Theory of Capital and Income” (Fall 2002 and Fall 2003)


WORKSHOPS, SUMMER PROGRAMS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute Econometrics Minicourse (2007)
Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment Inter-University Scholars Program: Engaging with California Government on Climate Change (2006)
Harvard University Christensen Discussion-Leading Seminar (2005-2006)
Ronald Coase Institute Workshop on Institutional Analysis (2004)
EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School: Dynamic Models in Economics and the Environment, scholarship recipient (2004)
XIV Seminario Repsol YPF ~ Harvard, A Coruña (2004)
EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School: Political Economy of the Environment (2003)
Interuniversity Centre for Game Theory and its Applications Summer School on Game Theory and the Environment, fellowship recipient (2002)
Social Science Research Council Program in Applied Economics Summer Workshop: Risk and Uncertainty (2002)
Social Science Research Council Program in Applied Economics Summer Workshop (2001)

PRESENTATIONS

“Gasoline demand elasticities, gasoline price volatility, and the optimal gas tax for California.” Sacramento Economics Roundtable. September 2011.

“The effects of policy and strategic factors on investment in fuel-ethanol plants.” Rice University. September 2011.

“The effects of policy and strategic factors on investment in fuel-ethanol plants.” Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Conference. Seattle. June 2011.

“Do firms interact strategically?: An empirical analysis of investment timing decisions in offshore petroleum production.” University of California at Riverside. April 2011.

“Have OPEC producers colluded?: An empirical dynamic model of OPEC and non-OPEC.” OPEC at 50: Its past, present and future in a carbon-constrained world. National Energy Policy Institute/University of Tulsa. March 2011.

“Global energy issues.” UC-Davis International Relations Student Association Guest Speaker. University of California at Davis. February 2011.

“Investment in biofuels: The role of oil companies.” UC-Davis Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways (STEPS) Symposium. University of California at Davis. January 2011.

“The effects of policy and strategic factors on investment in fuel-ethanol plants.” IO Fest 2010: The Annual Berkeley-Stanford Conference in Industrial Organization. Stanford University. November 2010.

“Do firms interact strategically?: An empirical analysis of investment timing decisions in offshore petroleum production.” University of Alberta. October 2010.

“Investment in corn-ethanol plants in the Midwestern United States.” Duke University. October 2010.

“Do firms interact strategically?: An empirical analysis of investment timing decisions in offshore petroleum production.”
Marketing Experience
Expert has experience and expertise conducting policy- and business-relevant economic and econometric analysis on issues related to energy, the environment, and natural resources.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Mandarin Expert is proficient in speaking basic conversational Mandarin.
French Expert is proficient in basic French.

Fields of Expertise

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