Christopher Costello

Environmental and Resource Economics


4410 Bren Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Environmental Defense Fund, Board of Trustees
National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Associate
Seafood Watch Science Advisory Board, Member
California Ocean Protection Council, Science Advisory Team
Latin American Fisheries Fellowship Program, Advisor


2016 Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Solutions

Research Description: 

Christopher Costello is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara. His research is primarily in the area of natural resource management and property rights under uncertainty, with a particular emphasis on information, its value, and its effect on management decisions. He is also interested in the process and design of adaptive management programs in which learning (to resolve uncertainty or asymmetric information) is actively pursued. Topical interests include fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and marine policy. Costello frequently collaborates with researchers outside of economics such as statistics, ecology, biogeography, and mathematics.


BS: Environmental Economics & Policy, UC Berkeley
MS: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University
PhD: Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley