Research Interests: socio-economic modeling, fisheries, food systems, ecosystem-based management

Originally hailing from Montreal, Canada, Matt got his Honours B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Toronto in 2009, after switching from an Economics major. He got his Ph.D in 2014 from the University of Minnesota in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, under the co-supervision of David Tilman and Stephen Polasky, working on developing mechanistic threat predictors for harvested species; studying potential impacts of fleet diversity on the yields, profits, and ecological impacts of fisheries; and other ecological and economic questions related to fisheries, conservation, and food security. At SFG, Matt is working on a global assessment of historical and current trends in the threat potential of fisheries and other harvests; and plans to explore other questions at the intersection of fisheries ecology, economics, and policy.

Email: mburgess[at]