I am an Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and in the Food and Resource Economics Program. Broadly, my research is motivated by the need to assess and address the ecological footprint of humans in natural and agricultural landscapes. I combine approaches, data, and knowledge from economics and ecology primarily, with an emphasis on causal inference, but also draw from quantitative tools like remote sensing and machine learning, and qualitative tools like interviews.
Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC, in the research group of Dr. Claire Kremen. We explored how small agriculturally-marginal areas within crop fields can contribute to bringing habitat back into an agriculturally intensive region, looking specifically at grain farms in Southern Ontario. I received my PhD from the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University, where I combined environmental and natural resource economics with ecology, to study plant physiology, phenology, and ecology processes, which matter for sustainable development.
Email: josephine [dot] gantois [at] ubc [dot] ca