Jacob Salcone is working towards a Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources with Dr. Kelly Jones. In June 2015 he joined an interdisciplinary research team funded by the National Science Foundation to evaluate payments for ecosystem service programs in Mexico. For the past two years, Jacob has worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Oceania, calculating the economic value of marine and coastal ecosystems to help inform marine resource management decisions in Pacific Island countries. Jacob holds an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in International Sustainable Development from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining IUCN, Jacob conducted community development research in California and South America and has helped rural communities in the US with water and sanitation planning and development. Jacob is an Americorps VISTA alumni and grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota.