Christopher is the Research Director of emLab, Co-Director of emLab’s Ocean & Fisheries Program, and a Professor of Resource Economics at the Bren School. His research focuses on natural resource economics, incomplete property rights, and decision making under uncertainty, with a particular emphasis on the value and effect of information on management decisions. In his work, he combines theoretical micro-economics with modeling and empirical analysis to inform policy on fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, industrial regulation, and marine policy. He has worked closely with national governments, international organizations, NGOs, and other partners from around the world to translate his research into on-the-ground action in a diverse spectrum of developed and developing countries. He currently serves as an advisor to California’s Governor Newsom on the Council of Economic Advisors and as a trustee of Environmental Defense Fund and Global Fishing Watch. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His many hobbies outside of work include cycling, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, beekeeping, and spending time with his family.

Professor of resource economics