photo {4/11/2009 Update: I am now at the Mailman School of Public Health, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. I will become Assistant Professor on July 1, 2009}

I am an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University. My research centers on empirical analysis of human-environment interactions in developing countries.

Current projects focus on vulnerability to climate change, economic approaches to valuing ecosystem services, and the political economy of forest conservation.  I am also helping to develop the Atalaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

My doctoral research at Harvard University analyzed the determinants of household energy technology choices by poor households in Latin America and the linkages between energy, indoor air pollution, and human health.  I received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in 1997. After college I spent two years analyzing strategies to promote sustainable forest management in Guatemala, Chile, and Bolivia as a Fellow of the Watson Foundation.   I then worked for the Mountain Institute in Huaraz, Peru and helped start a consultancy that advises landowners and conservationists in Latin America on matters related to climate change.

I have received several awards and fellowships including the Thomas Hardie Prize from Williams College, Graduate Studies, YPF-Repsol and Joseph Crump Fellowships from Harvard University, a Heinz Environmental Scholars award and the Watson Fellowship.

Darby Jack
dj2183 at columbia dot edu

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