Christa's research focuses on deforestation and land use change in the Peruvian Amazon. She uses remote sensing and land change science to better understand and predict patterns of deforestation. She also conducts research on climate policy in California.

Prior to Stanford, Christa worked as a Climate Change Specialist for the US Forest Service, where she worked primarily on forests and climate change in Africa. Before her work at the Forest Service, Christa worked on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the World Bank.

Christa has a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; her research focused on ecosystems dynamics in an East Africa Savannah ecosystem. She holds a BA in history and environmental studies from Yale University.

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Christa's research interests are in forest management and conservation in sub saharan Africa and the Peruvian Amazon.