Gund Graduate Fellow, PhD, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Hilary is interested in how people respond to incentives in making decisions that affect the environment. She applies insights from behavioral economics to advance nature conservation and human wellbeing.

Previously, Hilary has researched agricultural development and drought vulnerability across India and lived in Gujarat. Prior to graduate school, she worked for an international grant-making organization that funds grassroots environmental projects. A Colorado native, Hilary feels at home knee-deep in snow in the thin Rocky Mountain air.

Advisor: Brendan Fisher 


Office Location:

Johnson House, 617 Main Street

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Behavioral economics, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, poverty and development, econometrics, spatial analysis


  • MS, Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
  • BA, Environmental Studies & International Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder

Curriculum vitae

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Research and/or Creative Works

Hilary’s research investigates the ways in which conservation policies and programs achieve social and environmental goals. She is currently looking at how preferential property tax programs influence family forest owners' decisions and the implications for New England’s forests and the ecosystem services they provide. She is also interested in applying behavioral and experimental economics to measure and improve the effects of conservation strategies on human wellbeing, livelihoods, and biodiversity in less developed countries.