Ryan Callihan

Ryan Callihan

Career Interests

Climate Change Policy; Economic Analysis; environmental policy analysis

Employment Sought:


Masters of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy
Coursework: Multiplier Linear Regression (using the STATA software package), Attended COP22 negotiations (conducted research on climate finance), Environmental Law (focused on CAA, CWA, NEPA, and ESA), Environmental Economics (non-market resource valuation methods, regulatory tools to internalize externalities like carbon tax and cap and trade programs, market failures, open access resources)
Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, May 2014
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Majors: Economics, Environmental Policy and Planning
GPA 3.67/4.00
Study Abroad: Danish Institute of Study Abroad. Studied climate change policy and private sector technology solutions in Denmark and Norway, Summer 2012.


Professional Experience

Environmental Economist, Environment, Energy, and Technology Division, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
Conducted economic impact analysis projects on a variety of topics that included the impact of US government spending on pacific island countries, and renewable energy in North Carolina, using IMPLAN input-output modeling software. Conducted cost benefit analysis for North Carolina State Government on projects that looked at elk populations, and shellfish restoration in North Carolina. Worked on research for various EPA projects that included biofuel analysis that required extensive web search and literary reviews. Assist with conducting research on various environmental and natural resource policy issues including: climate change, water allocation, biofuel policy, and renewable energy generation. 2014-Present
Climate and Energy Policy Intern, Climate and Energy Division, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Conducted research on carbon tax policy proposals and possible implementation strategy. Attended a carbon tax policy workshop in Washington DC with other think tank organizations working on carbon tax policy. Responsible for writing a follow up memo to distribute to the participants of the carbon tax workshop. 2016-2017
Student Research Assistant, Resources for the Future, Durham, NC
Worked with Dr. William Pizer on researching the costs of implementing country specific Greenhouse reduction targets while sub-contracting for RFF. Focused on how countries were planning on meeting their INDC targets
Project Management Intern, Management Systems International, Washington DC


Additional Information

Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), STATA, Tableau, IMPALN, and Endnote


climate change
cost-benefit analysis
environmental economics
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government