In 2005 I became a full-time faculty member of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. I teach courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and behavioral economics. In 2009 I was promoted to the Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program, and in 2011 became the Director of the Center for the Blue Economy. In 2010 my book, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, was published by Palgrave Macmillan.
I have consulted for major environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, Earth Justice, and Oceana. Much of my consulting work has focused on the non-consumptive uses of ocean resources, and the intersection between species conservation and human uses of the ocean environment.
In addition to ocean issues, I am active in the movement to help society transition to a plant-based diet, which is a pillar of sustainability equivalent to decarbonizing the economy.