James R Meldrum, Ph.D.

James Meldrum is an economist in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch at the Fort Collins Science Center. His primary research focus is measuring, modeling, and understanding human relationships with natural resources. 

Biography

James Meldrum is a Research Economist in the Social and Economic Analysis Branch at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. His economics and applied social science work spans many areas of interest to the USGS and our federal and non-federal partners. His main research topics include measuring, modeling, and understanding human relationships with natural resources, especially through the lens of ecosystem services, and with natural hazards, especially focused on mitigating the risks of wildland fire. James is a founding member of the Wildfire Research (WiRē) Team, an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on coproducing science in support of community wildfire adaptedness and wildfire risk mitigation on private lands, and he is an active participant in numerous USGS- and DOI-wide communities of practice. 

Education

  • Ph.D. 2012, University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Studies Program, focus on Environmental Economics
  • M.S. 2010, University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Studies Program, focus on Environmental Economics
  • B.S. 2005, Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering and Applied Science, Primary major in Physics with a secondary major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology

Professional Experience

  • Research Economist; U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado; June 2016 to present
  • Research Associate; University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES); 2012 to 2016
  • Policy Analysis Intern; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Strategic Energy Analysis Center, Golden, Colorado; 2011 to 2012
  • Engineering Physicist; Stereotaxis, Inc., Systems Group, St. Louis, Missouri; 2005 to 2006

Research Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Wildfire risk mitigation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Behavioral economics