Jennifer Raynor

Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Raynor is an assistant professor of natural resource economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before entering academia, she earned nearly a decade of experience conducting policy-relevant economic research for the U.S. government. Immediately prior to her current role, Raynor was a research economist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—the agency responsible for stewardship of ocean resources and marine habitats in the U.S..

Raynor’s research focuses on improving the efficiency and sustainability of fisheries management, primarily using methods from economics, data science, and remote sensing. She strives to inform the legislative decision-making process and works closely with state and federal resource managers to design and evaluate conservation policies. Her research has appeared in top science journals, including Nature, Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and been featured in major news outlets, such as The Atlantic, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Economist, National Geographic, Scientific American, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Raynor holds a doctorate’s degree in agricultural and applied economics and a master’s in environment and resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in economics from LeMoyne College.

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