I am an interdisciplinary scientist and an environmental economist. I hold the International Chair of Excellence at the European Institute for Marine Studies, part of the Laboratory of Excellence in Brest, France. I’m also a Senior Scholar at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NIEPS), and the director of the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership – an initiative that helps facilitate communication about the human uses of marine ecosystem services.
As the LabexMer International Chair of Excellence for Marine Ecosystem Services, I lead a research team that uses interdisciplinary approaches to improve the management of coastal and marine areas. This includes the following projects:
- Using Impact Analysis and the Vulnerability Framework to understand the impact of Ocean Acidification on human communities;
- Applying an Ecosystem Services Approach to Marine Management (VALMER);
- Blue Forests and Blue Carbon (Global Environmental Facility program);
- Extra-Local Ecosystem Services (Mapping Ocean Wealth Program);
- Combining Earth Observations and Ecosystem Data to Monitor the Impact of Protected Areas on Ecosystem Services (European Commission’s H2020 program).
I was the Acting Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2011-2013, and am currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke University Marine Laboratory. I also served as senior fellow and director of economic research at The Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C., and director of the Coastal Ocean Values Center in North Sandwich, New Hampshire.
In addition to a master’s degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and Ecology from Princeton University, I received a doctoral degree in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University in 1997. I’ve served on (and currently serves on) several government and scholarly advisory boards and committees, including the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, where he served on the statewide Science Advisory Team and Central Coast Subteam. He currently sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics (JOCE). I’m a lifetime Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellow and was awarded the H. David Nahai Award for Research Excellence in Water Quality in 2006.