Professor of Environmental and
I am a professor of
Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren
School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa
Barbara. My research concerns
natural resource management
and property rights under uncertainty, with a particular emphasis on
information, its value, and its effect on management
decisions. My work combines theoretical work from economics
with empirical analysis, often to inform policy. My topical interests include fisheries management, biological diversity,
introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and
marine policy, and I frequently collaborate with
researchers outside of economics such as statistics,
ecology, biogeography, and mathematics.
I recently returned from sabbatical
at LAMETA in Montpellier, France.
Christopher Costello's CV
Prospective Students: Feel free to contact me.
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
4410 Bren Hall
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131
4410 Bren Hall
Graduate Student Advisees
Dan Kaffine (2007)
Danís research is in spatial modeling and the
economic and ecological consequences of incomplete spatial
property rights. Dan earned his PhD in 2007 and is an
Associate Professor at University of Colorado.
Antonio Lloret (2007)
Antonio is interested in informal
international environmental agreements. Antonio earned his
PhD in 2007 and is an Assistant Professor in the Business
School at ITAM in Mexico City.
Mike Springborn (2008)
Mikeís research is in environmental
decision making under uncertainty with learning. He earned
his PhD in 2008 and is an Assistant Professor
at UC Davis.
John Lynham (2008)
John works at the intersection of environmental economics
and behavioral economics, with a mix of theory and empirical
analysis, often focused on natural resources. He earned his PhD
in Economics and his Masters in Ecology in 2008 and is an Assistant Professor at
University of Hawaii.
Marc Conte (2008)
Marcís research is in the valuation and management of
ecosystem services, using a mix of empirics and theory. Marc
is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University.
Chris Guo (2012)
Chris works on learning and adaptation in energy and
environmental economics. He is researcher at the RAND
Current Professional Involvement
Major Research Areas
As the lead economist, Costello and colleagues take science to
solutions involving property rights and fisheries conservation and
Uncertainty and Learning:
Much of Costello's research concerns decision making under
How to design and evaluate the performance of markets for
Resource Economics Policy
Data Analysis For Environmental Problem Solving
Reforming fisheries: lessons from a self-selected cooperative(with
R. Deacon and D. Parker). Journal of Law and Economics. 56: 83-125 (2013)
The value of adaptation: climate change and timberland management.(with C. Guo). Journal of Environmental Economics & Management. In
Status and solutions for the world's unassessed fisheries (with
D. Ovando, S. Lester, S. Gaines, O. Deschenes, R. Hilborn)Science.
A market approach to save the whales. (with L. Gerber and S.
Gaines). Nature, 481:139-140. (2012)
Can catch shares prevent fisheries collapse? (with S. Gaines
and J. Lynham). Science. 321: 1678-1681. (2008).