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The position of Fisheries Economist is a new one in SAFS, and acknowledges the increasing role that economics is playing in developing effective management for aquatic and fishery resources. Policy-interested biologists and ecologists are increasingly working through management measures that are incentive-based, rather than command-and-control. Identifying and achieving management goals for complex human-natural systems demands appreciating how people will respond to changes in management and in their environment, questions economic tools are designed to address. I participate directly in management through membership on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

I became an economist because I am broadly curious about decision making in environments that induce strategic behavior that leads to bad individual or aggregate outcomes. I see economics as a behavioral science, and I am especially interested in cases where systematically suboptimal individual decisions exacerbate bad outcomes, or can be leveraged to ameliorate them. I rely especially on game theory, behavioral economics, experimental economics and maximum-likelihood panel and latent class econometrics to build and test models.

While my work spans a wide range of applications, fisheries and coastal issues emerge as consistent themes. My recent work is dominated by questions related to the design of fishery management institutions, especially those based on individual or community rights systems. I am interested in how to design these schemes for different objectives and environments, how people behave within them, and how they will evolve over time.