Kent is a PhD student in UCSB's Department of Economics, Advised by Chris Costello. Kent worked as a fisheries and oceans specialist with Environmental Defense Fund,where he studied global experiences in fisheries management to inform the design of policies and institutions that can achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Collaborating with SFG, Kent’s research focuses on fisheries economics, institutional design, and bio-economic modeling. Kent is a co-author of EDF’s Catch Share Design Manual, a synthesis of the experience of hundreds of global fisheries using rights-based management, and of Towards Investment in Sustainable Fisheries, a framework for financing sustainable fisheries. Prior to joining Environmental Defense Fund in 2012, Kent served as a consultant to several non-profits and academic universities, helping these institutions draw the connection between fisheries management, environmental markets and performance outcomes. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a BS in Economics.