Manager, Research & Development
Areas of expertise: Environmental markets, natural resource economics, renewable resources and ocean conservation
Kent is a Manager with EDF’s Fishery Solution Center, where he studies global experiences in fisheries management to inform the design of policies and institutions that can improve their environmental, economic and social outcomes. Kent is a co-author of EDF’s Catch Share Design Manual, a synthesis of the experience of hundreds of global fisheries using rights-based management, and of Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries, a framework for financing sustainable fisheries. As a collaborator with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at University of California at Santa Barbara, Kent also conducts research focused on fisheries economics, institutional design, and bio-economic modeling. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund in 2012, Kent served as a consultant to non-profits and academic universities, helping these institutions draw the connection between fisheries management, environmental markets and fishery performance outcomes. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a B.S. in Economics.
Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund, Kent Strauss served as a consultant to several non-profits and academic universities, helping these institutions draw the connection between fisheries management, environmental markets and performance outcomes. Kent holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Oregon. He is well versed in presenting economic theory, modeling data sets and analyzing policy instruments for natural resource management.
B.S. Economics (honors), University of Oregon, 2008
Bonzon, K., McIlwain, K., Strauss, C.K. and Van Leuvan, T. (2010). Catch Share Design Manual: A Guide for Managers and Fishermen. Environmental Defense Fund.
Ovando, D. A., Deacon, R. T., Lester, S. E., Costello, C., Van Leuvan, T., McIlwain, K., … & Uchida, H. (2012). Conservation incentives and collective choices in cooperative fisheries. Marine Policy. Vol 37: 132–140.