John has allowed me to have a stab at blogging here after a long time as a reader and a former life as a economics grad student. I'll give some details regarding myself so you have an idea of my background and my frame of reference.
I was a grad student in the DARE program at Colorado State for my masters degree and then started a PhD in economics at UCSB. I exited the progam and moved up to the San Francisco Bay area to become a data analyst in the tech industry - at a video game company, no less! My area of interest when I was in academia was natural disaster risk modeling, environmental effects on housing prices and externality market dynamics. As a data analyst, I work with "big data" (warning: buzzword) and have an interest in data science methods like machine learning.
I have a desire to stay involved in environmental economics through reading current research and communicating with you, the research/policy/econ-hobbyist community! Hopefully I can give my "Silcon Valley view" on the field with articles about data-driven approaches to environmental economics. I also hope to be challenged, enlightened and occasionally disproved by the community here so that I can hone my arguments and my thinking. If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to send me an email.