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Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

My work concerns socioeconomic and environmental change in Brazil's Amazon region. More broadly, I look at both the drivers and impacts of agricultural change in Mato Grosso. I seek to integrate spatial and empirical modeling with field work. When I'm not in the office writing or coding stata programs I am in the field meeting with farmers and ranchers, farming institutes, and running field surveys.

Since 2003, I have compiled more than five years of experience working en situ, in field sites in Paraguay or Brazil. Over the past five years I have driven more than 50,000km in the Amazon region, mostly in Mato Grosso or western Para States.

In Providence, at Brown University, I am a National Science Foundation SPRF Postdoc Fellow. My work concerns agricultural intensification and expansion, and the impacts of agricultural productivity on socioeconomic change and development. I am also working on a National Geographic Society project related to the resurgence of gold prospecting in the Brazilian Amazon.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University
  • 2015–present
    Economic Adviser, United States Agency for International Development