Adriana Castillo Castillo
Adriana is an Applied Economics Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are environmental economics and urban planning, with a focus on water and sanitation in developing countries. Before graduate school, she worked for multilateral organizations, where she worked in the design and implementation of impact evaluations in different Latin American countries. She received a B.A. in Economics from Rosario University, a Master's degree in Economics from Andes University in Colombia, and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota (website under construction)
Haku is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His interests in topics that involve natural resources, environmental, energy, and agricultural economics. Specializing in natural resources and land-use, regional environmental issues, policy and social-ecological analysis, and theory of economic dynamics. He recently working on valuing ecosystem services and sustainability of grassland resources management in Mongolia. He is also working on analyzing the impacts of zoning policy on racial segregation in American urban areas. As well as the forest management at central India. Haku received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Chuo, Japan.
Libby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include ecosystem service valuation, biodiversity conservation, and environmental justice. Her work focuses on applying ecosystem service and computable general equilibrium tools to spatial data to determine the distribution of ecosystem services in the past and into project estimates into the future. Libby earned her B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from St. Catherine University in December 2019. Prior to graduate school, she served as the first program coordinator for the Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics. www.libbykula.com
Evelyn Strombom is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB). Her doctoral research focuses on the management of complex trophic systems, valuation of ecosystem services, and climate- and fishing-driven changes in Arctic marine systems. She is sitting in Oslo, Norway at the Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis Fall ‘19-Spring ‘20.
Evelyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Minor in Latin American Studies from Swarthmore College. Before joining UMN EEB, she worked for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the Mathematics Department of Uppsala University, and the Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme. Side interests include the circular economy, model integration, collective behavior and commons problems, and operationalizing high-level sustainability policy at the local level.
Yanxu Long is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His study focuses on the intersection of environment and development, including environmental pollution and sustainable development, resource allocation, and utilization efficiency.
Nfamara K Dampha
Dr. Nfamara K Dampha is a Lead Scientist and Program Director for the Natural Capital Project at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. He also consults for the World Bank to support climate, nature, and ecosystem service mainstreaming in international sustainable development.
He earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resources Sciences and Climate Change Policy and a Master's in International Development at the University of Minnesota. His research and professional work focus on the intersection of natural capital accounting, ecosystem service modeling, climate/disaster risk analysis, forced displacement, and international sustainable development.
Dr. Dampha has over 13 years of professional, academic, and leadership experience working with the World Bank, the Government of The Gambia, the University of Minnesota, and several local and international NGOs.
Saleh Mamun is a Postdoctoral Associate jointly appointed at the University of Minnesota and Natural Resources Research Institute. His research interest lies in the field of natural resource economics, energy economics, environmental economics, land economics, and forestry economics.
He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico and an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka. He worked six years in construction, marketing and government in Bangladesh. He has experience in research on environmental issues from business, development, and engineering perspective.
Lifeng is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests involve using computational methods to study environmental and natural resources economics and the impact of climate changes on both global and local scales.
Lifeng holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis. He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Terin Mayer is a PhD candidate and environmental governance scholar at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where his research focuses on the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basins. Drawing on Economics, Political Science, and Public Administration for theory and methods, his goal is to understand how networks of institutions shape who benefits from and makes decisions about freshwater resources, and the resilience of these networks to climate disruption. From May 2017 to 2018, and 2019-2020 he was the project manager for the Climate Impact Lab’s efforts to update the social cost of carbon. He holds a Masters in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. Before graduate school, he worked with community-based nonprofits and labor unions in Minnesota to build organizational strength and leverage grassroots engagement into winning issue and electoral campaigns. Terin received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from Carleton College. He spent ten years of his childhood in Bolivia, Spain, and Chile with his sister and parents, an elementary school educator and a US Air Force officer.
Matthew is a first-year PhD candidate in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota (Twin-Cities). He is interested in applied microeconomic research with a focus on environmental economics, natural resource economics, and economic issues in Indigenous communities. Formerly, he worked as a Student Research Associate at the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies (CHEPS) at San Diego State University. Matthew completed his MA in Economics at San Diego State University and his BA in Business Administration at Eastern Washington University.
Joseph Aguilar Bohorquez
Joseph is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on applied econometrics, public policy, labor economics, the economics of education, and environmental and resource economics. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the ESPOL Polytechnic University and the University of Minnesota, where he has co-authored several articles in public policy, labor economics, environmental economics, and the economics of education. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant for Econometrics, Applied Econometrics, and Program Evaluation in both institutions.
Leonardo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His main interests are development policy, energy, public policy, and the use of remote sensing data. Currently, Consultant at the Country Department Andean Group of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Formerly, he worked as a Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota and the Country Department Central America of the IDB, as well as a Consultant for a variety of think tanks, such as: the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the IESA’s International Center of Energy and the Environment, and the UCV’s Postdoctoral Research Center. He was also Instructor for Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics, and Teaching Assistant for Econometrics and Mathematics in Venezuela.
Leonardo earned a B.A. in Economics from the Central University of Venezuela, a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the Andres Bello Catholic University (Summa Cum Laude), and a Micromaster’s certificate of Data, Economics, and Development Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on edX. He has been author, co-author, and reviewer of several studies for developing countries, mainly focused on finance, macroeconomics, trade, energy, and policy analysis.
Jacob is an Applied Economics student in the Masters of Science program at the University of Minnesota (Twin-Cities). His research interests center around sustainability, GIS, geocomputation, environmental economics, climate change, and Integrative Assessment Modeling. He earned his B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota (Twin-Cities) in 2022 as well as a B.A. in Spanish-Portuguese Studies. During his Master’s, Jacob hopes to gain experience in computational work before applying to PhD programs related to geospatial science and sustainability.
Outside the Department of Applied Economics, Jacob works for the University of Minnesota - Office of Sustainability where he helps develop and implement the University’s 2023 Climate Action Plan. This plan establishes University targets for 2033 in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Sumil Thakrar’s research broadly involves estimating the outdoor air quality-related human health impacts of different pollution sources, in order to identify promising policies that improve health and equity outcomes by targeting emissions sources across the economy. He has a particular focus on the agricultural sector, which is of wide importance in sustainability, yet relatively little attention has been paid to its impacts on human health through air quality. He is currently working on global air quality impact assessment tools. Sumil received his Undergraduate/Masters in Physics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Click here to visit Sumil's professional website.