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Jennifer Raynor is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on natural resource management, with an emphasis on measuring the unintended consequences of rules and regulations. Her work combines theoretical models from economics and ecology with empirical techniques from econometrics and machine learning to measure the economic effects of management actions and inform decision-making. Her topical interests include fisheries and wildlife management, introduced species, marine spatial planning, and human-predator coexistence. Given her interdisciplinary focus, she frequently collaborates with researchers outside of economics and has co-authored publications with biologists, fisheries scientists, statisticians, and data scientists. She believes that recent technological advances can transform the design of conservation policies, leading to more effective and sustainable resource management in the future.