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I am a visiting PhD student from the University of Iceland working in the GreenMAR project (Green growth based on marine resources: ecological and socio-economic constraints). As an applied economist I am interested in combining natural and social sciences in the study of human-natural systems. Since my undergraduate studies I have been primarily interested in the study of commercial fisheries and their management.

I am studying the effects of climate induced variability on the management of shared fishery resources. My case study entails the North Atlantic Pelagic Stock Complex, i.e. the international fisheries for Norwegian spring-spawning herring, mackerel and blue whiting in the Norwegian Sea and adjacent waters. Specifically, I am developing bio-economic models that can be applied to study questions that emphasize the dynamics between highly migratory fish stocks and the international fisheries that exploit them. This entails modelling of the 1) population dynamics of the fish stocks, 2) harvesting behaviour of coastal and non-coastal states, 3) spatial movements of stocks, 4) how these movements are affected by climatic variability, and 5) the strategic setting (game) between the harvesters. Accounting for the variable and climate-induced mobility of the fish stocks is paramount in understanding the compliance or non-compliance to cooperative agreements on the allocation of harvest quotas.

My background is in environmental and resource economics. I have an MSc from the University of Helsinki, and currently I am a PhD student at the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. I am Finnish, speak Swedish, some Norwegian, but unfortunately no Icelandic. In my free time I enjoy exercise in the outdoors, especially langrenn.

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Published Sep. 17, 2015 10:39 AM