Jeff's research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries with a primary focus on forestry issues in Asia. Currently, his main project is a 3-year NASA-funded project on mangrove conservation in South Asia. Much of his work focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services of tropical forests.
He consults regularly for the World Bank and other international organizations, and has directed or worked on research projects in Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
Prior to joining Duke in July 2007, Jeff served on the faculty at the University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, Harvard University’s Institute for International Development, and Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry. He earned his doctoral degree from Yale University in 1988; his M.S. from Michigan State in 1984, and his A.B. from Harvard in 1981.
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Manages and maintains information technology platforms and services, including educational technologies, for the school and coordinates management of school facilities.
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Oversees business operations for the school, including financial managementa nd analytics associated with resource management and the budgeting process.
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Supports the operational efforts of the school ensuring consistent and accurate interpretation and application of human resources policies, practices, and guiding principles. Provides oversight and leadership to the school's clerical administrative support team and event planning director in support of senior leadership, faculty and divisions.
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Coordinates strategic marketing of the school to external audiences; manages and develops the school's website, social media platforms, multimedia assets, media outreach, advertising and promotional materials.
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Provides academic support services for on-campus and online students at all levels, coordinates executive education programs and directs student recruitment efforts. This office also provides resources and training to promote career readiness and advancement for professional graduate students and recent alumni, and serves as the school's primary liaison to prospective employers and internship organizations.
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