About Jonah Busch, Ph.D.

Jonah Busch, Ph.D. is an environmental economist who researches climate change and tropical deforestation. He is the Chief Economist at Earth Innovation Institute.

Dr. Busch has published more than twenty-five articles on climate, forests, and biodiversity in academic journals including Science, Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Land Economics, and Environmental Research Letters. He is the co-author of the book Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change. He has also published on the economics of penguins, pandas, and surfers. 

Busch has advised on the design of climate and forest finance mechanisms for governments and institutions including the President of Guyana, the governments of Indonesia, Norway, Bolivia, and California, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Global Environment Facility, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, and Green Climate Fund. He serves on the editorial board of Conservation Letters and the advisory board for Carbon180 (formerly Center for Carbon Removal).

Previously, Busch has been a lecturer (adjunct professor) at Columbia University's Earth Institute; a visiting scholar at Zhejiang University and University of California Berkeley; Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development; Climate and Forest Economist at Conservation International; and a high school math teacher in the Peace Corps (Burkina Faso, ‘00-‘02). He speaks French, Spanish, Indonesian, Mooré, and Mandarin Chinese with varying degrees of proficiency and has traveled in more than seventy-five countries.

© 2018 by Jonah Busch, Ph.D.

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