Sandy is a PhD student in the Economics and Environmental Science (EES) emphasis. Prior to joining UCSB, she was a Research Analyst at the Global Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, where she helped develop new methods of valuing natural capital in the context of pastureland in New Zealand. Her past research work also included modeling pasture growth econometrically and developing new approaches for contingent valuation of environmental and cultural initiatives. Sandy holds an M.A. in Economics from UCSB and a B.A. in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
As an EES student at Bren, Sandy is interested in the impacts of environmental changes on agricultural and economic production and how people adapt to these new scenarios. She hopes to be able to combine modern sources of data with econometric tools and models to inform environmental policy-making and investments.