BOZEMAN, MT—The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) today announced the promotion of Dr. Bryan Leonard to PERC Senior Fellow.
PERC’s Senior Fellowship program engages leading academics and professionals who share PERC’s passion for market-based conservation efforts related to land, water, and wildlife. As the national leader in market solutions for conservation, the Montana-based nonprofit research institute partners with a network of respected scholars that conduct original research exploring market solutions to environmental challenges, with a range of opportunities based on qualifications and expertise.
Dr. Leonard has been actively engaged with PERC for the past eleven years. After completing a PERC Graduate Fellowship in 2011 and 2014, he completed Lone Mountain Fellowships in 2018 and 2019. He served as a PERC Senior Research Fellow since 2019 where he contributed to the organization’s ongoing research initiatives. In 2021, he co-authored a groundbreaking paper on conservation leasing published in the journal Science. He also serves as one of PERC’s Fellowship Directors, with oversight of the Lone Mountain and Julian Simon fellowship programs.
“Bryan’s intellectual curiosity is driven by his passion for innovative conservation solutions,” said PERC Vice President of Research Shawn Regan. “He is nationally recognized for his work on natural resource issues and the role property rights can play in advancing conservation, and his many contributions have proven invaluable to PERC. We’re thrilled to elevate Bryan’s role as he expands his work addressing conservation issues across the West.”
Dr. Leonard is an associate professor of environmental and natural resource economics in the School of Sustainability and a faculty affiliate in the Economics Department and the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the design of institutions to resolve collective action problems associated with natural resource and environmental management. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Applied Economics from Montana State University.