Diego is a post-doctoral research associate at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. He is an environmental economist studying conservation policies' environmental and socioeconomic impacts in developing country settings. During his post-doc at the Gund Institute, he will work with a large global dataset to assess the human health impacts of conservation in priority watersheds, and model effects of ecosystem change on health outcomes. This project is directed by Taylor Ricketts and Brendan Fisher and informs conservation and public health decisions.
His previous research is on the evaluation of Brazilian Amazon protected areas' local deforestation spillovers as well as underlying mechanisms, focusing on human migrations and expansion of roads networks. In his analyses Diego applies econometrics and program evaluation methods using remote sensing, census and survey datasets.