Seafood markets are unique in that seafood producers often lack well-defined property rights. My current work on seafood markets includes: investigating the potential to make collective investments in improving product quality in fisheries without well-defined property rights, the impacts of eco-labels on seafood prices at different points in the seafood supply chain, and the impact of harmful algal blooms on prices for Dungeness crab.
There are many approaches to implementing ecosystem-based management. The relative gains from each approach can vary widely depending on economic values and ecological linkages in the system. My current work investigates the economic gains from adopting ecosystem-based management for horseshoe crabs in the Delaware Bay and for salmon populations in the Copper River of Alaska.
Mangrove and Blue Carbon Conservation
Blue carbon refers to carbon stored in mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marshes. My current research explores the potential economic gains from blue carbon conservation through reducing mangrove deforestation, restoring marshes in barrier island systems, and adopting living shorelines to mitigate coastal erosion instead of traditional "grey" infrastructure.
Together with a team of researchers, I am exploring the coupled natural-human dynamics of freshwater recreational fishery landscapes. The work will extend economic theory on the spatial dynamics of fishing effort and investment decisions in an open-access setting. The work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
How much should society invest in invasive species control? The answer to this question depends critically on the cost of reducing invader populations. These costs are often unobserved. Our research on invasive species explores new methodologies to estimate control cost functions from observable data. Using the Spartina invasion in the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study, we find economic support for the current state policy of rapid Spartina eradication.