Christopher Costello is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC, Santa Barbara.
Chris co-directs the Sustainable Fisheries Group. His research is in natural resource management under uncertainty, incomplete property rights for natural resources, and applied bioeconomics for management and conservation. Chris’s work combines theoretical micro-economics with modeling and empirical analysis to inform policy on fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, industrial regulation, or marine policy.
He has worked closely with national governments and colleagues from around the world to translate his research into on-the-ground action, and frequently collaborates with researchers in disciplines outside of economics, such as data science, ecology, biogeography, and mathematics. In 2016, he was awarded a Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Solutions. He is a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, serves as a science adviser to the Ocean Protection Council, and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Chris earned a BA from UC Berkeley, a MA from Oregon State University, and a PhD from UC Berkeley, and currently holds the Donald Bren Chair in Environmental Management at UC Santa Barbara.