Shawn holds a MS in Applied Economics from Montana State University and degrees in economics and environmental science from Berry College. He is a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets. His writings have appeared in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal, Quartz, High Country News, Reason, Regulation, and Grist. Shawn is also a former backcountry ranger for the National Park Service in Olympic National Park. Born and raised in Georgia, he now lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing in the snow.