Kristen is a second-year Ph.D. student in the department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech in the field of environmental and resource economics. Her research interests include non-market valuation, environmental policy, and applied econometrics with applications in water quality. Her current research focuses on hedonic valuation of lake water quality in the United States, where she is exploring the relationships between watershed characteristics and homeowner preferences.
For her master's research, she estimated implicit prices for water clarity and chlorophyll-a concentration in lakes throughout the northeast and upper midwest, investigating price variation between states. Prior to joining the department she obtained a dual degree in Engineering Science & Mechanics and Sociology at Virginia Tech while conducting research in nature-inspired design and renewable energy.