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Jess L'Roe

Graduate student (Ph.D.)

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Past Education

MA, Agriculture and Applied Economics, UW-Madison, 2014
MSc, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, UW-Madison, 2012
BSc, Environmental Science and Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2006

Research Areas

Conservation and development trade-offs, land cover change, land tenure, evolution of landholding patterns, land use and household wealth dynamics, distributional effects of conservation, impact evaluation of conservation policies


I study land use in agriculture-forest boundary regions where rural development and conservation are both high priorities. I'm particularly interested in ways that wealth conditions land use, the way that conservation initiatives affect wealth, and how these relationships are mediated by households' income sources, investment options, and land access. My current projects are in Brazil and Uganda. In Brazil, I'm studying a large scale property mapping initiative and the ways that land tenure incentives influence the accuracy and impact of a land registry for environmental monitoring. In Uganda, I'm studying whether and how wage incomes are invested in land and the ways that this affects forest cover around protected areas. In other recent projects, I have worked on smallholder logging in Loreto, Peru and cattle supply chains in ParĂ¡, Brazil.

Contact Information

Office: 544 Science Hall

Email: : Jessica.LRoe@wisc.edu