Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Impact Fellow

In Residence at PERC: July 8 – August 2, 2019
Research Topic: Using financial instruments to address landowner risks associated with migratory wildlife species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  After graduating from UVa, I spent 15 months as an environmental engineer, designing and managing small scale energy and water projects in low resource settings.  Most of my time in that role was spent on projects located in Kenya and Guatemala.  I worked on projects involving household solar lighting, farm-scale biogas generation, and mobile vaccine refrigeration.  My first year of graduate school I was a Research Assistant in the Water Institute at UNC working on a decision support tool for identifying technological and programmatic solutions for water and sanitation problems in low resource settings. I have worked in Guatemala, Kenya, and Honduras.

My research focus is on characterizing financial risk associated with water scarcity (or abundance) and evaluating existing and new strategies for managing that risk.  For my masters I studied the connection between water supply and revenues for a hydropower facility operating in a deregulated energy market.  I am now studying the impact of water levels on the barge industry and corn markets on the Mississippi River.

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