Faculty - Chris Costello

Chris Costello

Christopher Costello, Professor, Resource Economics
PhD, Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley; MS, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Oregon State University; BS Environmental Economics & Policy, UC Berkeley

While there is broad agreement that resources are valuable and need to be used wisely and sustainably, there is less agreement on the definitions of such terms as “wisely” and “sustainable,” meanings that evolve within the context of identifying society’s objectives and creating the mechanisms and policies to achieve them. Chris Costello works in this realm, focusing on the economics of environmental regulation and natural resource management under conditions of uncertainty (inaccurate, unavailable, or contradictory information), with a particular emphasis on the value and effect of information on management decisions. Correlate to this is his interest in adaptive management programs that have a learning component intended to resolve uncertainty. He has applied this perspective to studies in biological diversity, introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and marine policy.

Contact Information:

Office: Bren Hall 4410

Phone: 805-893-5802
Fax: 805-893-7612

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Bren Courses Taught

Number

Title

204 Economics of Environmental Management

232

Environmental Modeling

242

Natural Resource Economics and Policy

251

Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis

595

PhD Seminar: Invasive Species

595

PhD Seminar: Economics and Environmental Science

595

PhD Seminar: Tools and Topics for Environmental Science & Management

595 PhD Seminar: Economic Optimization of Water Resources
595 PhD Seminar: Approaches to Dynamic Optimization

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