Jonas Epstein

ORISE Economic Research Fellow - US Forest Service

A recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment with an M.S. in Environmental Policy, Jonas Epstein is an ORISE Economic Research Fellow with the U.S. Forest Service serving as the National Forest System Office of Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants ecosystem services point of contact. He also works on a cross-deputy strategy team tasked with providing national direction in integrating ecosystem services into agency decision-making, performance metrics, communications, and partnership engagement. He is primarily interested in helping connect people to healthy landscapes through environmental stewardship and making the economic justification for land conservation. His past research has delved into assessing the economic impacts resulting from federal- and state- agricultural conservation programs, making the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, and the nexus of natural resource valuation and land planning.