Improving the environmental performance of land use economies motivates Avery’s Ph.D. research in the department Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of his dissertation, Avery has researched causes and consequences of cattle ranching intensification trends and policies, simulated the influence of agricultural and transportation infrastructure on land use, and proposed improved uses for environmental performance metrics in land use and climate policies. Continued dissertation research examines expansion and contraction of Brazilian rangelands, the propensity of Brazilian cattle ranchers to adopt intensive practices, and the influence of peoples’ dietary choices on the climate. Before his Ph.D., Avery analyzed the environmental performance of energy systems, assessed the impacts of certification schemes on agricultural producers, and helped to design biofuels standards. He holds a Master’s from the Yale School of Forestry and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.