Joséphine Gantois



I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, in the research group of Claire Kremen. I have found a second home in the Wildlife and Conservation Economics Lab. My research combines statistical approaches and data from economics, ecology, remote sensing, and machine learning to assess and address humans’ ecological footprint in natural and agricultural landscapes. I currently study the biodiversity impacts and economic feasibility of different farming strategies, in order to understand how to feed the world while minimizing our environmental footprint.

I received my PhD from the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University. There, I combined environmental and natural resource economics with ecology, to study plant physiology, phenology, and ecology processes, which matter for sustainable development. In particular, I overcome the challenge of monitoring and manipulating ecosystems and species at scale, by exploiting tools from causal inference, remote sensing, and machine learning.

Prior to my PhD, I graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique with a multidisciplinary bachelor in Science and Engineering, and a masters in Economics and Public Policy, as well as from the London School of Economics, with an MPA in International Development. I have worked with the Social Protection Unit and Human Development Network of the World Bank, and with development and trade economists at the Columbia Business School.