Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Jim's research applies quantitative empirical and theoretical methods to study the conservation of natural resources. Topics include marine reserves, land-use and biodiversity conservation, invasive species management, provision of ecosystem services, rebuilding marine populations, resilience of coral reef ecosystems, household energy use, land use and non-point source pollution, open space referendum, design of market based policies, New Zealand’s individual fishing quota system, and U.S. fishery policy.
Areas of interest include environmental and natural resource economics, ecology, spatial and dynamic bioeconomic modeling, and policy analysis. Recent projects analyze the economic, ecological and socioeconomic impacts of marine reserves, the control strategies for invasive alien species, the plans for rebuilding marine populations, the provision of ecosystem services, and the performance of incentive based policy instruments.