Photo by Dennis Lingohr/American Prairie Reserve
Originally from Dubois, Idaho, Bradley received his B.S. in Geology with an emphasis in environmental hydrogeology from California State University, Los Angeles in 2015. As an undergraduate at CSULA, he published research on arsenic and nitrate contamination of groundwater wells in Borrego Valley, CA, was named the Aaron Waters Outstanding Senior in geological sciences, and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to attending CSULA, Bradley worked as an air quality technician at the Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo, CA, and operated heavy equipment for a bioremediation firm removing hydrocarbon-contaminated soils in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. A graduate student at University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Bradley is specializing in conservation planning and has goals of establishing and managing protected habitats for threatened species.
Jeff grew up in Olympia, Washington, before attending Western Washington University where he received a B.A. in Politics/Philosophy/Economics in 2012. Since graduating, he worked on a wildland fire hand crew based in eastern Washington for two summers, grew vegetables on a farm in Alaska, worked as a clerk for the Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee, and conducted meta-analysis for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Jeff is currently a Master’s student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is specializing in politics and economics of the environment, with a focus on conservation planning. Eventually, Jeff hopes to work towards the preservation of natural landscapes through policy analysis and development.
Katie was born and raised in the United States Virgin Islands, and graduated from Elon University in 2010 with Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies. After graduation she worked with the Virgin Islands Resource Conservation and Development Council on watershed management issues, including the measurement of hillside erosion and stream sedimentation rates. Recently she worked with the Environmental Mitigation Program of the San Diego Association of Governments to promote coastal preservation, shoreline restoration, wildlife connectivity, conservation easements, and habitat mitigation strategies. As a graduate student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, her goal is to learn mechanisms that encourage businesses and decision makers to implement viable policies that protect natural resources, wildlife corridors, and native landscapes.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, DJ received a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. After graduating, DJ worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for 3 years, focusing on the California Recreational Fisheries Survey, and also the local commercial Sea Cucumber fishery. He also worked as a Research Technician for a lab at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute, conducting fish and invertebrate surveys via SCUBA, and captaining small research vessels. Currently a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, DJ is specializing in pollution prevention and remediation.
Dr. Gary Libecap, Faculty Advisor
Gary D. Libecap is Professor of Corporate Environmental Management in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also is Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA., Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, PERC, Bozeman, Montana. He was Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, Cambridge University, Economics Faculty and Saint Catharine's College, 2010-11. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Montana. His research focuses on the role of property rights institutions in addressing the open access losses for natural resources such as fisheries and freshwater, as well as the role of water markets in encouraging efficient use and allocation.