I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, in the research group of Claire Kremen. My research combines statistical approaches and data from economics, ecology, remote sensing, and machine learning to assess and address humans’ ecological footprint in natural and agricultural landscapes. I currently study the biodiversity impacts and economic feasibility of different farming strategies, in order to understand how to feed the world while minimizing our environmental footprint.
In July 2023, I will start as an Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation at UBC, across the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Food and Resource Economics Program.
I received my PhD from the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University. There, I combined environmental and natural resource economics with ecology, to study plant physiology, phenology, and ecology processes, which matter for sustainable development. In particular, I overcome the challenge of monitoring and manipulating ecosystems and species at scale, by exploiting tools from causal inference, remote sensing, and machine learning.
Email: josephine [dot] gantois [at] ubc [dot] ca