Kent is a PhD student in UCSB’s Department of Economics, advised by Chris Costello. His research areas include natural resources and experimental economics. His current focus is around the timing and type of regulations used to manage natural resources.

Kent previously worked as a fisheries and oceans specialist with Environmental Defense Fund, where he studied the outcomes from different types of fisheries management techniques and used the results to inform the design of new policies and institutions. Kent is a co-author of EDF’s Catch Share Design Manual, a synthesis of the experiences of hundreds of global fisheries using rights-based management, and of Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries, a framework for financing sustainable fisheries. He received his BS in Economics from the University of Oregon.