Rob Alexander is an ecological economist with research interests in bioeconomic modeling and the economics of biodiversity conservation. His research explores how human behavior leads to species decline and the economic incentives that motivate that behavior. He taught water economics at the United Nations Environmental Program, worked on conservation issues at Kruger National Park, and worked with the State Forestry Administration of China on the economics of tiger conservation. One of the first to apply multispecies modeling to terrestrial bioeconomic models, Alexander is currently working on determining the conditions under which trade may support the conservation of endangered species. A citizen of both the United States and New Zealand, Alexander taught for 10 years at Massey University in New Zealand and for 12 years at Sweet Briar College in Central Virginia.

Areas of Expertise

Ecological economics, wildlife economics, environmental policy


1991 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of Tennessee: Knoxv

1987 — Master of Arts from University of Central Florida

1978 — Bachelor of Science from University of Florida

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