Albers, Heidi J.

Heidi J. Albers (Jo) is a Professor and the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Conservation Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Wyoming. She has a B.S. in Geology from Duke University, an M.E.S. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California – Berkeley.


Research interest

Jo’s research focuses on resource policy and management at the intersection of conservation and rural poverty. Methodologically, Jo’s research typically develops empirically-inspired spatial and temporal decision models that include characteristics of both the socioeconomic and ecological setting. Current research interests include siting and management of protected areas, policies to conserve migratory species, and private habitat conservation for ecosystem service production. Her EfD-related research in Tanzania, Central America, and Chile includes analyses of terrestrial and marine protected areas, conservation strategies that promote rural livelihoods, REDD programs and implementation, and small-scale aquaculture.



Albers has mentored junior researchers from across the world and across disciplinary backgrounds for 30 years, with particular effort to support women in economics. She has participated in 40+ thesis and dissertation committees, founded two networks for women in economics, acted as a mentor in other mentorship programs, provided training for junior researchers and mid-career resource managers, and supported many international students’ research.


Grants and consultancy

Albers has received grants from various institutions including NSF, The World Bank, and the MacArthur Foundation. 


Policy Engagement

Albers undertakes policy outreach through: interactions with managers in countries where she conducts research; expert commentary to foundations and news outlets; coordinating lead authorship on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; and training for resource managers.



Albers’ awards and honors include UW Belt Buckle Award for Research; OSU Dean’s Award for International Programs; a Fulbright Scholar; and shared in the Zayed Prize and FEEM Prize.

Curriculum vitae

People | 9 October 2009