Nathan grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee in the valley of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. His interests in marine life started from reading books and watching documentaries as a kid. He earned his Open Water Certification while in high school and spent 3 weeks diving off of Baja Mexico in 11th grade reaffirming his passion in the ocean environment. He earned a B.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami in 2015. As a student, his research focused on marine conservation efforts and the numerous issues around global fisheries. He spent 6 months in Miami working for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration after graduation, looking into the relation between management measures and landed value of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Nathan started his Master’s degree here in the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability in the fall of 2016, working for Rashid Sumaila in the Fisheries Economic Research Unit. His research primarily focuses on conducting an economic analysis of a BC wide genomic-study of Coho salmon that aims to more effectively identify different conservation units of Coho as they are caught, to redirect pressure off of vulnerable stocks in mixed-stock fisheries.
Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, and is an associate member in McGill’s Department of Economics. One strand of Chris’ research is focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of human well-being, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy. He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and economic theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits, and their implications for policy, including a broad transition to sustainability. Another current strand of work aims to understand household economic and health effects of Beijing’s rural household heating coal-to-electricity programme. A third interest of Chris’ is the structure of urban road networks, globally, and their implication for development and climate policy.
IRES Visiting Professor term: December 2017 – December 2018
Professor Bradley Eyre is a biogeochemist and the foundation Director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry at Southern Cross University, Australia. His publications include topics such as whole ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus budgets, net ecosystem metabolism estimates, benthic and pelagic production and respiration, dissolved organic carbon fluxes, carbon stable isotopes (fluxes and assimilation), carbon burial and air-sea GHG flux estimates, benthic denitrification, benthic habitats and seascapes, historical and ecosystem comparisons, ocean acidification, hypoxia, eutrophication, submarine groundwater discharge, permeable sands and carbonate sediment dissolution. Professor Eyre has 157 articles in Scopus listed journals (H-index = 44, Total citations >5000, Google Scholar; H-index = 35, Total citations>3500, Scopus) and has attracted over >$20 million in funding. He has mentored 14 early- and mid-career researchers and supervised 32 PhD students.
IRES Visiting Professor term: December 2017- February 2018