Stella Schons is an Assistant Professor in International Forest Economics and Management at Virginia Tech. She graduated with a PhD in Natural Resources and Development Economics from Virginia Tech University (Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation). Her PhD research was on the impacts of resource management on individual welfare and decision-making modeling. To this end, she examined two "cases": small landholder deforestation along the Transamazon Highway and community fisheries management in the floodplains of Santarém, both in the Brazilian Amazon.
She graduated from Yale with an MBA and an MEM in 2010.