Gaurav Arora received his PhD. in Economics at Iowa State University in January, 2017. As part of his PhD. dissertation work, he combined applied economics models with remote sensing tools to study the impacts of local infrastructure, climate change and conservation policy on regional land use changes for Agroecosystems. He also designed and implemented a satellite image-processing algorithm to characterize land use change using historical Landsat sensor data. He was awarded James R. Prescott scholarship in 2016 for outstanding creativity in research, and Earl O. Heady Fellowship in 2012 for academic excellence at the Department of Economics, Iowa State University. Prior to his PhD, Gaurav received Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona, and Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.