PhD, Environment and Resources, Stanford University
MA, Economics, Stanford University
BA, Environment, Economics and Politics; Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Claremont McKenna College
Robert Heilmayr is an assistant professor of environmental and ecological economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and holds a joint appointment in UCSB's Environmental Studies Program. Heilmayr combines emerging methods of causal inference from economics with the data revolution made possible through advances in Earth observation. His current research focus is on the impact of nonstate policies to end deforestation. Heilmayr teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, geographic information systems and interdisciplinary collaboration. Heilmayr received his BA in Environment, Economics and Politics from Claremont McKenna College, his MA in Economics from Stanford University, his PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Carlson lab at the University of Hawai’i. Heilmayr's research has been published in top scientific journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change and Nature Sustainability. In addition, Heilmayr strives to translate his research into action, whether through participation in policy processes (e.g. High Carbon Stock Approach, California Air Resources Board, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) or through communication with the media (e.g. research cited by The Economist, CNN, BBC and NPR).