Christopher Costello is a professor of natural resource economics at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is director of the Environmental Market Solutions Lab. His research focuses on evaluating and designing institutions for effective management of natural resources, with a focus on information, uncertainty, and incomplete property rights. Major topical areas of interest include the ocean economy, ecosystem service provision, environmental market design, and decision making under uncertainty. His projects often address issues of distribution and equity. He has worked on research projects in over 25 countries, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in Science, Nature, PNAS, among other journals. Costello holds the Donald Bren Chair in Environmental Management, is a trustee for Global Fishing Watch and Environmental Defense Fund, and serves as the Environmental Economist on the Council of Economic Advisors for California Governor Gavin Newsom.
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Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara