Dr. Richard Rice has over 25 years experience in natural resource and public policy analysis, most recently at Conservation International where he served as chief economist. While at Conservation International, he conducted extensive research on the costs and effectiveness of different approaches to biodiversity conservation in the tropics and supervised projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has published widely on the viability of sustainable forest management and has worked on the development and implementation of incentive-based conservation agreements, an approach to conservation involving annual payments for the acquisition of development rights in priority habitats. Prior to joining Conservation International, Dr. Rice worked on the economics of public land use policies in the United States with The Wilderness Society, Resources for the Future, Inc. and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Dr. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Grinnell College and a master’s in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.