Jennifer Raynor

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Assistant Professor

Russell Labs
1630 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-515-8220

Lab Website



Natural resource economics, applied econometrics


Degree Institution Major Field Granted
B.A. LeMoyne College Econonomics 2005
M.A. Johns Hopkins University Applied Economics 2012
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison Environment and Resources 2016
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural and Applied Economics 2017

Professional Experience

Institution Title Year
Wesleyan University Assistant Professor 2019-2022
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Research Economist 2017-2019
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Economist 2006-2013


Jennifer’s research focuses on how to improve the efficiency and sustainability of natural resource management. She strives to inform on-the-ground decision-making and works closely with state and federal resource managers to design and evaluate conservation policies. She frequently collaborates with researchers in other fields, such as ecology, oceanography, and climatology. Her inter-disciplinary training makes her a particularly effective and valued member of these teams.

Jennifer has published in top general interest science journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her research has also been featured in The Atlantic, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Economist, National Geographic, Scientific American, and Smithsonian Magazine, as well as major international news outlets. Two of her publications (Lynham et al. 2020 and Raynor et al. 2021) rank in the top 0.5% of all research outputs ever scored for online attention by Altmetric; the latter paper ranks in the top 100 for outputs of a similar age.

Courses Taught

  • FWE 652 Decision Methods for Natural Resource Managers – Applications of quantitative methods, including optimization and simulation, to the management of natural resources, especially forests.



7. Paolo, F., D. Kroodsma, J. Raynor, T. Hochberg, P. Davis, J. Cleary, L. Marsaglia, S. Orofino, C. Thomas, and P. Halpin. “Satellite mapping reveals extensive industrial activity at sea.” Nature 625: 85–91. [Full-text]

6. Medoff, S., J. Lynham, and J. Raynor (2022). “Spillover benefits from the world’s largest fully protected MPA.” Science 20(378): 313-316. [Full-text]

5. Raynor, J., C. Grainger, and D. Parker (2021). “Wolves make roadways safer, generating large economic returns to predator conservation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (22):e2023251118. [Full-text; Supplementary Information]

4. Lynham, J., A. Nikolaev, J. Raynor, T. Vilela, J.C. Villaseñor-Derbez (2021). “Reply to ‘Catch rate composition affects assessment of protected area impacts’.” Nature Communications 12(1):1590. [Full-text]

3. Siders Z.A., N.D. Ducharme-Barth, F. Carvalho, D. Kobayashi, S. Martin, J. Raynor, T.T. Jones, and R.N.M. Ahrens. 2020. “Ensemble Random Forests as a tool for modeling rare occurrences.” Endangered Species Research 43:183-197. [Full-text]

2. Raynor, J. and D. Phaneuf. 2020. “Can Native Species Compete with Valuable Exotics? Valuing Ecological Changes in the Lake Michigan Recreational Fishery.” Journal of Great Lakes Research 46(3): 643-655. [Full-text by request]

1. Lynham, J., A. Nikolaev, J. Raynor, T. Vilela, J.C. Villaseñor-Derbez. 2020. “Impact of two of the world’s largest protected areas on longline fishery catch rates.” Nature Communications 11(1):979. [Full-text]

Last updated: January 5, 2024