Max Melstrom teaches in both the Environmental Studies and Economics departments. His areas of expertise include valuing natural resources and the economics of wildlife management. He received a B.A. in Economics and Business at Kalamazoo College in 2007 and an M.A. in Economics at Michigan State University in 2009. He is completing a Ph.D. at Michigan State University with a specialization in Environmental and Resource Economics. He is especially interested in the recreational use of resources and the management of endangered species. His dissertation includes papers that examine the economics of Piping Plover management and the value of Great Lakes recreational fishing.