James Meldrum, Ph.D.

Biography

James Meldrum is a Research Economist in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, with a focus on ecosystem services. James earned a PhD in interdisciplinary environmental economics from CU-Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program in 2012. His research experience spans the human dimensions of a variety of natural resources (including water, energy, and non-timber forests) and hazards (including wildfire, floods, and invasive species), and he is an active member of an interdisciplinary research collaboration focused on homeowner wildfire risk mitigation and community wildfire adaptedness. James’s versatile research approach is grounded in economics and informed by resilience and sustainability.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Economics, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012
  • M.S. in Environmental Economics, Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado Boulder, 2010
  • B.S. in Physics, with a second major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005

Professional Experience

  • 2016 to present: Research Economist, U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 2012 to 2016: Research Associate, University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2012 to 2013: Research Scientist, University of Colorado Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2011 to 2012: Policy Analysis Intern, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, Golden, Colorado
  • 2009 to 2011: Research Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2007 to 2009: Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Studies Program, Boulder, Colorado
  • 2005 to 2006: Engineering Physicist, Stereotaxis, Inc., Systems Group, St. Louis, Missouri