Daniel Willard

Economist, Gulf of Mexico


Areas of expertise: Oceans Program, catch shares, marine protected areas, natural resource economics

Daniel works with the Oceans Program team to develop market-based incentives and ecosystem-based strategies to restore fisheries and marine resources, as well as providing counsel on key issues in the Gulf of Mexico and other fisheries.

Daniel engages academic economists, policy experts and fishermen to develop and guide economic research that is timely and relevant to key decision-makers . He conducts economic analysis of complex fishery management and marine resource conservation issues for key Oceans Program projects, including work with commercial and recreational reef fish and highly migratory species.


Prior to joining EDF, Daniel provided research support to economists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. His previous research focused on spatial fisheries management, with applications to Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands fisheries and Steller sea lion critical habitat. Daniel has also taught economics at the University of Washington and at Seattle University.


  • Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington
  • Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Washington
  • Bachelors of Science in Economics (Magna cum Laude) from Virginia Commonwealth University


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