Robby Fonner earned a B.A. in environmental studies and economics from the University of Colorado in 2004. He then earned a M.S. in natural resource economics from Oregon State University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Robby joined NWFSC in 2015. He previously held economist positions in environmental consulting and state government.
Dr. Fonner's research broadly focuses on understanding interactions between human and natural subsystems, with an emphasis on the spatial, temporal, and behavioral dimensions of these interactions. In particular, Dr. Fonner addresses research problems related to the economics of protected resources management, the provision and valuation of ecosystem services, and how incentives associated with the natural environment and fisheries management influence fisher behavior. Dr. Fonner also conducts research on seafood marketing, and the role formal and informal institutions play in shaping environmental managment outcomes.