Welcome to my website!  I am an associate professor of economics and graduate 
advisor for the Master of Arts in Economics program at CSULB.  I received my Ph.D. 
from George Washington University in 2008.  My fields of specialization include 
natural resource and environmental economics and applied microeconomics.  I 
regularly teach Principles of Microeconomics (101), Natural Resource Economics (464),
Advanced Microeconomics (410/510), and Research Methods (587).

My research interests include environmental policy issues as they relate to firm and 
household behavior and valuation of natural resources.  Specifically, I study decision 
making of electric utilities in response to a sulfur dioxide pollution permit system 
implemented as part of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.  I have examined technology 
diffusion patterns as a result of this regulation and am  currently looking at 
retirements of older, coal-fired power plants.  I am also involved in a multidisciplinary 
project tracking the ecological and economic value of urban wetlands in Southern 
California. Our research uses a spatial hedonic model to show that residents place 
implicit value on this natural resource.  We plan to implement additional valuation 
techniques that will support these results.  Refer to my CV for a list of other current 
research projects.