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Eli Fenichel

Natural Resource Economics, Yale University

Prof. Eli Fenichel is the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Yale School of the Environment. His innovative research bridges natural science, dynamical systems, and economics, focusing on the intertemporal allocation, valuation, and management of natural assets and liabilities. Fenichel's work is crucial in understanding how people allocate natural resources and assess natural resource risks over time, emphasizing the feedbacks among humans, ecosystems, and the management of coupled ecological-economic processes.

His expertise covers a range of areas including natural capital valuation, fisheries, infectious disease, groundwater, tropical forests, and grasslands. Fenichel's research is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from ecology, health, and natural capital. He has significantly contributed to the field, with nearly 80 peer-reviewed articles in diverse journals and presentations worldwide, including in China, Canada, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the Netherlands.

Fenichel holds a Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University. He started his academic career at Arizona State University and joined Yale in 2012. His work is supported by the Knobloch Family Foundation, and he's received grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the United Nations. Between 2021 and 2023, Fenichel was appointed to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, serving as Assistant Director for Natural Resource Economics and Accounting.



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