I am a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. I hold a Ph.D. from a joint program between the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as well as the Department of Economics at UC, Santa Barbara. 

My main areas of research include environmental and natural resource economics, institutional economics, applied econometrics, and water economics and policy. The primary line of investigation considers how institutions (rules, norms, and regulation) are agreed upon and subsequently influence human behavior and resource conditions in river basins. My current work examines legal and economic institutions for the management of groundwater resources, with a focus on the conditions under which property rights are adopted and their impact on land values. The goal of this work is to inform the implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which entails substantial management changes in critical basins throughout the state. Previously, I was a Fulbright Fellow and thereafter worked in Germany at the national and European levels on projects related to climate change, energy, river restoration, and water pricing, among others.