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SDG Alignment

About oliver

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.

CURRENT PROJECT

Ecosystem-based carbon management for conservation and climate markets

If properly regulated and administered, carbon offsetting and credit markets have potential to economically incentivize a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and increase environmental reparations and conservation on a global scale. Case studies on renewable energy development in Victoria, blue carbon markets in the South Pacific, and habitat protection in Indonesia collectively serve as opportunities to both investigate overarching questions on the liquidity and equivalence of ecosystems services in diverse contexts as well as produce information and tools for applied sustainability planning. A combination of spatial modeling, stakeholder interviews, trade-off analyses, and conservation planning software will underpin this research’s methodological approach. Direct outputs will be a spatial assessment of the distribution and diversity of these carbon-oriented ecosystem services as well as a prioritization analysis of where other ecosystem services synergistically overlap. This work ultimately strives to better inform the application and theory surrounding the usefulness of carbon-regulating mechanisms for sustainability and development goals.
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