Douglas Caves has lived with his spouse Sherry in the Madison, WI area since 1973, where they have been involved with a number of resource conservation activities and organizations. He holds a UW Madison Ph. D in economics and was a co-founder, co-owner, and officer with the Madison-based economic consulting firm, Christensen Associates. As part of this work he published a number of papers on the theoretical and practical measurement of overall resource utilization.
Before coming to Madison, Doug and Sherry spent two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi, Africa. In 1997 they spent a year living in Costa Rica, doing volunteer work with a small
school. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Doug enjoys hiking, canoeing, fishing and photography, as well as downhill and cross country skiing.