Heidi J. Albers (Jo) is the Knobloch Wyoming Excellence Chair in Conservation Economics and Finance in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Wyoming. She collaborates with EfD in Tanzania and Central America in the areas of forest, marine, and wildlife conservation and management.
Jo’s research focuses on management at the intersection of resource conservation and rural poverty. Methodologically, Jo’s research typically develops empirically-inspired spatial and temporal decision models that include characteristics of both the socioeconomic and ecological setting. Her current research in Tanzania includes integrating poverty-alleviation projects, their locations, and enforcement activities for better forest management and rural livelihoods; improving REDD implementation through appropriate incentives; and spatial allocations of projects and management to improve marine protected area outcomes. Her current research in Central America includes spatial aspects and livelihood impact of marine protected area management and development of bioeconomic frameworks to evaluate sea turtle conservation policy.