Toby has more than 15 years of public-policy experience relevant to Alaska, the Arctic, and other countries. With a diverse background in economics and the natural sciences, he develops innovative techniques for decision-making in the public and private sectors. He has led a range of projects that include assessing the value of the environment to local livelihoods, analyzing alternative energy options in collaboration with rural communities, and measuring the contribution of Alaska’s basic sector industries to the overall economy.
Much of his current research focuses on human dimensions of sustainable systems, with the goal of informing policy through applied economic analysis. Most recently, he has been studying human responses to environmental risk related to aquatic invasive species and climate change. Download my CV
Ph.D. in Socio-Bioeconomics, 2017
University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.S. Resource and Environmental Management, 2007
Simon Fraser University
B.A. in Economics, 2003
University of Alaska Anchorage
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Econometrics, Bayesian, maximum likelihood
Outreach and documentation
Invasive species pathways
Citizen science, local and expert knowledge
Integrating across disciplines
The goal of this project is to help management agencies in their decision making by integrating all available data on the ecological effects of biological invasions, human pathways, and economic benefits and costs of management action.
Alaska’s wild salmon are essential to Alaska’s cultures and economies. This project synthesizes existing data to support future decision making across multiple stakeholders.
I am a teaching instructor for the following courses at University of Alaska Anchorage:
PADM A604 Research Methods in Public Administration 3 Credits. I co-teach this class with my colleagues Dr. Diane Hirshberg and Dr. Dayna DeFeo.
This course introduces methods of empirical research, including research design, survey sampling, data collection and statistical analysis. There is a special emphasis on communicating results of analysis to administrators, policymakers and the public. A computer lab portion is part of the materials I am teaching. You can find the computer lab material here
The course description can be found here: https://catalog.uaa.alaska.edu/coursedescriptions/padm/#sthash.bzW23171.dpuf
Besides my main appointment at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I occasionally provide private research and consulting services for private clients in compliance with the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act (AS 39.52).
For this work, I specialize in regional economic analysis that investigates the economic contribution of the private sector to the larger regional economy. I also advise private clients on best practices in data collection and data management to improve reproducibility of workflows for quantitative analysis.
Former clients include Flint Hills Resources, Alaska Mobility Coalition, Doyon Limited, Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Coeur Mining and various other companies.
For private consulting inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org