BRIAN BLANKESPOOR is an Environment Specialist in the Development Research Group. He joined the Bank in September 2007. His research interests are in the geographic aspects of development related to topics such as water, climate change, conservation biology, economic geography, and public health. Prior to the Bank, he held analytical positions in the private sector and World Wildlife Fund. He holds a M.Sc. in Geography from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. and B.A. in Computer Science and Geography, respectively, from Calvin College.