Science lab

Coastal and Marine Economics

Economics is more than just money and business — it's also connected to decisions and behaviors.

Our lab seeks to understand the mechanisms behind our decisions and behaviors, and how they relate to coastal and marine resource uses. How do we interact with our coastal and marine environment? How and why do we make the decisions we make? These are some of our key questions. We also explore how external factors, such as climate change and economic changes, affect our decisions and resource use patterns.

We aim to:

  • Explore and understand the complex trade-offs involved when people make decisions about the natural environment.
  • Support decision-makers by providing useful and timely information and tools.
  • Promote the sustainability and resiliency of communities and economies that depend on coastal and marine resources.

Lab Team

Our Methods

Our lab highlights the human dimensions of coastal and marine resource use.

We approach coastal and marine resource management issues using bioeconomic modeling, econometrics, and environmental valuation. Working closely with researchers from both natural and social science fields, we challenge disciplinary perspectives and assumptions to gain a more holistic and deep understanding of human-nature interaction. Collaborations and conversations with communities, decision makers, and industries are integral elements of our research.

  • Econometrics
  • Bioeconomic Modeling
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Social-Ecological Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Research Lab Projects

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