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Highland Economics Staff

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Barbara Wyse

Principal and Senior Economist

M.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 

          Oregon State University  

B.A. Environmental Sciences and Policy,

          Duke University, magna cum laudePhi Beta Kappa

Barbara's favorite pasttime is exploring Oregon's backcountry with her family.
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Barbara specializes in the economics of natural resources and environmental services, with a particular focus on water, agriculture, recreation, habitat and endangered species, land use, and ecosystem services.  With an academic background and personal interest in both the natural and social sciences, Barbara integrates insight and knowledge from ecology, hydrology, anthropology, demography, and pyschology into her economics work. She has served as an expert witness on a range of economic and demographic issues. For diver clients, Barbara identifies the social and economic consequences of alternative management strategies and actions, values resources and ecosystem services, and estimates the economic development impacts of policies, industries, or actions.  She is also experienced in natural resource damage analysis (NRDA), comprehensive land use analysis, NEPA socioeconomic impact analysis, regional economic impact modeling (using IMPLAN), and modeling of tradeoffs using multicriteria analysis. Her particular interest is in developing integrated frameworks and cost benefit analyses to assist natural resource managers in making informed decisions.  

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Travis Greenwalt

Principal and Senior Economist

MBA Master of Business Administration,

          University of Montana

B.S. Business Finance and Management,

          University of Montana

Before completing his MBA, Travis travelled the world as a professional basketball player.
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Travis has an academic background in business finance and a personal background and interest in sustainable agriculture.  He has led many types of economic analyses for regional and business level planning efforts, and  has served as lead economist and expert witness for a tribal water right project.  In addition to consulting on agricultural projects, Travis is also a part owner of an oilseed pressing company (Ole World Oils), part owner of a small vegetable and berry farm (Hilltop Haven Farm), Treasurer for the Missoula Conservation District, Treasurer for the Western Montana Growers Cooperative (WMGC), and member of Montana Sustainable Growers Union (Homegrown).  

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Terry Wirkkala

Economist

M.S. Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics,

         Oregon State University

B.A. Environmental Studies,

          Linfield College

Terry is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, having spent a semester in College honing her leadership skills while hiking, sailing and kayaking her way up the Baja Peninsula.
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Terry has over fourteen years of experience as an environmental consultant focusing on natural resource damage assessment, non-market valuation of natural resources, regulatory impact analysis, market analysis, socioeconomic impact analysis, water economics, and econometric modeling. She has participated in recreation studies valuing the benefits and costs of recreation site quality and quantity changes, the economic analysis of critical habitat designation, water rights valuation, socioeconomic analysis for NEPA related projects, valuation of sustainable community design, and Indian water rights. 

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Winston Oakley

Research Economist

M.S. Applied Economics, 

          Oregon State University  

B.S. Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management,

          University of Minnesota

When he is not at work, Winston spends his time rock climbing around the Pacific Northwest.
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Winston is a research economist at Highland Economics with experience in transportation economics, non-market valuation of resources, land use policy, and water economics.  Winston is well-versed in the use of statistical and data analysis software, and has a strong background in economic theory and environmental policy.  He has a B.S. in environmental sciences, policy, and management from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. from Oregon State University in Applied Economics, with a focus on natural resource and environmental economics.

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Bob McKusick

Senior Advisor

Ph.D. & M.S. Agricultural Economics, 
          University of California (Davis)

B.S. Agricultural Economics,

          University of California (Davis)

Bob has over 40 years experience in the environmental consulting world.
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Bob is an expert in natural resource economics research and project management, including economic analysis of water resources, benefit-cost analysis, economic base studies, transportation pricing, land-use analysis, comprehensive natural resource planning, water and energy conservation, agricultural development, and damage analysis and valuation. He is a nationally recognized expert in water and natural resource planning and evaluation, and has testified in numerous litigation cases, involving Indian water rights, economic feasibility, energy development and use, agricultural damages, ESA, interest rates, beneficial use of water, and water allocation. He has also served as an economic expert and technical team leader for negotiations related to water rights, damage claims, water leasing and marketing, and land settlements.