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Eli Fenichel

Eli Fenichel

Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Yale University


School of Forestry and Environmental Science
Yale University
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511


  • Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Science, Yale University


Dr. Fenichel uses theoretical and empirical modeling approaches to understand coupled human-ecological systems. His research focuses on understanding feedbacks between human economic behavior and ecological systems. Humans can have a great influence on ecological processes, but humans also adapt their behavior to changes in ecological structures and processes. Accounting for the way humans are influenced by ecosystems is as important as understanding how humans influence ecosystems for crafting successful ecosystem policy and management. His current research includes bioeconomic models of multi-species systems (e.g., humans-predator-prey, humans-nonhuman host-parasite), efficient population management when spillover effects are unavoidable, the value of information, timing of decisions under uncertainty, and decision theoretic approaches to natural resources management, recreational fishery management and seasonal models of angler behavior, wildlife, fish, and emerging infectious disease dynamics and surveillance, invasive species.


  • PhD, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2007
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 2005
  • BS, Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine, 1999


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Journal Articles


Arlinghaus, R., J. K. Abbott, E. P. Fenichel, S. R. Carpenter, L. M. Hunt, J. Alos, T. Klefoth, S. J. Cooke, R. Hilborn, O. P. Jensen, M. J. Wilberg, J. R. Post and M. J. Manfredo. 2019. Opinion: Governing the recreational dimension of global fisheries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116(12):5209-5213. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1902796116. (link )


Fujitani, M. L., E. P. Fenichel, J. Torre and L. R. Gerber. 2018. Synthesizing ecological and human use information to understand and manage coastal change. Ocean & Coastal Management 162(Aug):100-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.001. (link )


Huang, B., J. K. Abbott, E. P. Fenichel, R. Muneepeerakul, C. Perrings and L. Gerber. 2017. Testing the feasibility of a hypothetical whaling-conservation permit market in Norway. Conservation Biology 31(4):809-817. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12916. (link )

Yun, S. D., B. Hutniczak, J. K. Abbott and E. P. Fenichel. 2017. Ecosystem-based management and the wealth of ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114(25):6539-6544. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1617666114. (link )


Fenichel, E. P., J. K. Abbott, J. Bayham, W. Boone, E. M. Haacker and L. Pfeiffer. 2016. Measuring the value of groundwater and other forms of natural capital. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(9):2382-2387. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1513779113. (link )

Fenichel, E. P., S. A. Levin, B. McCay, K. St. Martin, J. K. Abbott and M. L. Pinsky. 2016. Wealth reallocation and sustainability under climate change. Nature Climate Change 6:237-244. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2871. (link )


Bayham, J., N. V. Kuminoff, Q. Gunn and E. P. Fenichel. 2015. Measured voluntary avoidance behaviour during the 2009 A/H1N1 epidemic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1818): 20150814. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0814. (link )

Cease, A. J., J. J. Elser, E. P. Fenichel, J. C. Hadrich, J. F. Harrison and B. E. Robinson. 2015. Living with locusts: Connecting soil nitrogen, locust outbreaks, livelihoods, and livestock markets. BioScience 65(6):551-558. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv048. (link )


Fenichel, E. P. and J. K. Abbott. 2014. Heterogeneity and the fragility of the first best: Putting the "micro" in bioeconomic models of recreational resources. Resource and Energy Economics 36(2):351-369. DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2014.01.002. (link )

Fenichel, E. P. and J. K. Abbott. 2014. Natural capital: From metaphor to measurement. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 1(1):1-27. DOI: 10.1086/676034. (link )

Perrings, C., C. Castillo-Chavez, G. Chowell, P. Daszak, E. P. Fenichel, D. Finnoff, R. D. Horan, A. M. Kilpatrick, A. P. Kinzig, N. V. Kuminoff, S. Levin, B. Morin, K. F. Smith and M. Springborn. 2014. Merging economics and epidemiology to improve the prediction and management of infectious disease. EcoHealth 11(4):464-475. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0963-6. (link )

Richards, T. J., D. W. Shanafelt and E. P. Fenichel. 2014. Foreclosures and invasive insect spread: The case of Asian citrus psyllid. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(3):615-630. DOI: 10.1093/ajae/aat099. (link )


Abbott, J. K. and E. P. Fenichel. 2013. Anticipating adaptation: A mechanistic approach for linking policy and stock status to recreational angler behavior. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70(3):1190-1208. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2012-0517. (link )

Fenichel, E. P., J. K. Abbott and B. Huang. 2013. Modelling angler behaviour as a part of the management system: Synthesizing a multi-disciplinary literature. Fish and Fisheries 14:137-257. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2012.00456.x.

Fenichel, E. P., N. V. Kuminoff and G. Chowell-Puente. 2013. Skip the trip: Air travelers' behavioral responses to pandemic influenza. PLOS One 8(3):e58249. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058249. (link )

Fenichel, E. P., T. J. Richards and D. W. Shanafelt. 2013. The control of invasive species on private property with neighbor-to-neighbor spillovers. Environmental and Resource Economics DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9726-z. (link )


Fujitani, M. L., E. P. Fenichel, J. Torre and L. R. Gerber. 2012. Implementation of a marine reserve has a rapid but short-lived effect on recreational angler use. Ecological Applications 22(2):597-605. DOI: 10.1890/11-0603.1. (link )


Hughes, Z. D., E. P. Fenichel and L. R. Gerber. 2011. The potential impact of labor choices on the efficacy of marine conservation strategies. PLOS One 6(8):e23722. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0023722. (link )

Book Chapters


Fenichel, E. P., J. K. Abbott and S. D. Yun. 2018. Chapter 3 - The nature of natural capital and ecosystem incomes. Pp. 85-142 In: Dasgupta, P., S. K. Pattanayak and V. K. Smith eds., Handbook of Environmental Economics. Vol 4. Elsevier. DOI: 0.1016/bs.hesenv.2018.02.002. (link )