Alicia holds a BSc in Conservation Biology and an MSc in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Alberta. She has spent the last three years as a Research Fellow for Agua Salud at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. She was part of an interdisciplinary project investigating connections between land use and hydrologic ecosystem services in the Panama Canal Watershed. She was responsible for the on-the-ground work necessary to answer questions relating to the cost of land use change on agricultural lands. In particular, the work addressed the cost of agroforestry payment for ecosystem service schemes capable of improving dry-season water used in the operation of the Panama Canal. Most recently Alicia can be found co-teaching a course on environmental valuation in the University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology and working within the Smart Prosperity Institute’s Green Growth Partnership.