I am an Argentine-American 4th year PhD Candidate studying Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment. I hold a Master’s of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Economy from Tulane University.
My research evaluates the economic and distributional outcomes of environmental policy design. Particularly, I am analyzing the outcomes of Argentina’s individual and transferable quota management program in four commercially important fisheries, employing theories from economics and political economy and empirical analysis of government fisheries data and quantitative surveys with firms.
Previously, I worked on my Yale Master’s thesis to assess economic values for recreational marine wildlife viewing in Peninsula Valdes, (Patagonia) Argentina, environmental and economic impacts of hydropower development in Chile with the Futaleufu Riverkeeper, sustainable forestry in Panama, and sustainable tourism practices in Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and Guyana.
I frequently collaborate with non-governmental organizations and local non-profits to extend my research beyond academia and foster on-the-ground partnerships with stakeholders. For example, I served as the the Secretary for the Working Group on Responsible Whale Watching at the World Cetacean Alliance, where I represent a Patagonian whale watching company in an effort to promote better tourism practices in the region.
Outside of academia, I complement my work with outdoor leadership through my participation in DukeBOLD (Building Outdoor Leaders at Duke) and my role as a PADI certified scuba Divemaster and tourism guide. I am also an avid photographer and advocate for scientific communication through media and photography.
My leadership skills translate into interdisciplinary pursuits, such as serving as the Vice President of the Duke Graduate and Professional Student Council, co-leading research on a SESYNC Graduate Pursuit analyzing international trade and fisheries, and participating in Duke’s Emerging Leadership Institute.
My academic, work, and personal experiences in North and South America serve as the foundation for my research interests and my bilingual ability to communicate across cultures and disciplines to develop grounded, interdisciplinary policy solutions that balance sustainable natural resource use with human development.