Rob’s research interests are focused on how preferences and incentives relate to the values people hold for coastal and marine environmental services. Rob received a B.A. in Economics and his Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island. During his graduate studies, Rob was a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow with an interdisciplinary research focus on coastal ecosystems. His dissertation research focused on the use of auctions for allocating rights to offshore energy resources. At the Natural Capital Project he has worked on developing models to value the role ecosystems play in providing a variety of different ecosystem services, including coastal protection, scenic quality, carbon sequestration, and drinking water quality.