Oliver’s research interests center around the application of ecosystem services frameworks to address wicked problems in climate change and biodiversity conservation. His work utilizes multiple methods of inquiry including spatial and analytic modeling, qualitative analysis, and systems theory to contextualize and offer holistic responses to large-scale sustainability issues. Oliver is trained as an ecologist with a background in species management and protected area design. Much of his previous work is international and quantitative in focus but with a clear bend for social development at local scales. Prior to his PhD, he worked as an environmental consultant and began an entrepreneurial venture into carbon offsetting programs in the United States. His dissertation aims to dovetail these experiences and build onto projects at SL@M.
Ecosystem-based carbon management for conservation and climate markets