Aaron Lien

Institute of the Environment Fellow
School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Aaron Lien is a senior researcher at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and a Ph.D. student in the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. He previously held positions at the UA’s Water Resources Research Center, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, and the Nation Council for Science and the Environment. Aaron’s interests focus on mechanisms to encourage private land conservation in the context of landscape-scale ecological systems, especially through the use of incentive-based payment for ecosystem services approaches. His Ph.D. research involves working with ranchers in southern Arizona to better understand their attitudes and preferences toward wildlife conservation, especially jaguars, an endangered species, to improve conservation efforts.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences