The Team

The team for this project consists of four Master’s students at the Nicholas School of the Environment:

Ashley Hartman


Ashley is a second-year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She is concentrating in Environmental Economics and Policy and will be completing a Certificate in Sustainable Systems Analysis. Ashley completed her undergraduate degree with a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with a major in International Development and minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies. In addition to living in Canada, Ashley has also lived in several US states, France, Belgium and China. She is looking to pursue a career in Corporate Sustainability and/or Environmental Consulting, specifically looking at mitigating risks within supply chains (both human and environmental) as well as natural resource valuation.


Chris Hoagland


Chris is pursuing two master’s degrees, in Environmental Management and Forestry. Before coming to Duke, he was a Sustainability Specialist at the U.S. General Services Administration, ​where he worked on policies on Federal green buildings and e-waste management.


Evan Poirson


Evan is a second-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in Durham, NC. His primary interests are conservation biology, ecosystem conservation in Latin America, and optimal reserve site selections that perform both ecologically and economically. He is also interested in the role of the private sector in conservation of natural resources and ecosystems. Mr. Poirson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Occidental College, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 2010-2012.


Michael Yu


Michael is a second year Master of Environmental Management Candidate at Duke University. He graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a double concentration in Finance and Accounting. Before coming to Duke, Michael worked in the Financial Sponsor Coverage / Leveraged Finance Group at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He is interested in market-based solutions to environmental problems, such as impact investing and ecosystem services markets.

Our Advisor: Lori Bennear

Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy Division of Environmental Sciences & Policy

PhD, Harvard University MA, Yale University AB, Occidental College

Bennear’s experience lies in Environmental Economics. Evaluation of effectiveness of environmental regulations