About Michael Verdone
Michael is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) and is supervised by Dr. Andrew Seidl, Professor and Extension Specialist-Public Policy in the ARE department. Michael is also a program officer at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Global Economic Program. His fellows work will use economic analysis in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative manner to engage with communities and stakeholders in the process of restoring degraded and deforested landscapes in Uganda and Ethiopia. As part of this fellowship, Michael will also provide small grants to local community 'restoration champions' to support restoration activities in their communities. Geospatial-bioeconomic analysis will be used to help direct funding towards the landscapes where it will be most beneficial in terms of providing livelihood benefits (e.g. increased crop yields or timber harvests) and ecological benefits (e.g. reducing erosion, recharging aquifers, or conserving biodiversity).