Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) department, with a focus on market-based solutions to natural resource issues in Latin America. Ryan, an American, became interested in international research and travel during his first trip abroad to Costa Rica with his high school Spanish class. This trip sparked within him a passion for experiencing different places, cultures, and languages. As an undergraduate student, Ryan received the opportunity to plan and attend several trips to Central and South American countries, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and Peru. He recruited 15-25 students to embark on each trip, which entailed staying with host families in small, rural communities and participating in sustainable development projects. During his master’s degree at CSU, Ryan delved deeper into his passion of international travel by living and working in the Peruvian Amazon for 7 months. His research was focused on the feasibility of international tourists purchasing carbon credits in the form of a conservation fee to offset the carbon footprint of their visit. He later received the Office of International Programs’ Global Impact Award at CSU’s Graduate Student Showcase for his research in Peru, and published the study in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Ryan’s innovative master’s degree in conservation leadership provided him with the tools and experience necessary to become a leader in the international conservation world. After graduating, Ryan decided to further his knowledge of payments for ecosystem services research by obtaining a Ph.D. in the HDNR department. Once his Ph.D. is complete, he would like to move to Brazil and take part in market-based conservation initiatives that aim to combat climate change, such as creating and assessing carbon credit and reforestation programs within the Amazon region.

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