John Lynham

John Lynham

Professor of Economics

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi and a Research Fellow with UHERO. In the past, I have held Visiting Professor positions at Udayana University in Indonesia, IÉSEG School of Management in Paris, and at Stanford University in California. My area of specialty is the Ocean Economy.

If you ended up here because you are interested in my recent work with Sarah Medoff and Jen Raynor on spillovers from MPAs, you can find an ungated version of the paper here.

I acknowledge that the ‘āina on which I work and live is part of the larger territory recognized by Indigenous Hawaiians as their ancestral grandmother: Papahānaumoku.


  • Environmental/Resource Economics
  • Fisheries Economics
  • Marine Ecology
  • Behavioral Economics


  • PhD in Economics, 2008

    University of California Santa Barbara

  • MA in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, 2008

    University of California Santa Barbara

  • MA in Economics, 2005

    University of California Santa Barbara

  • BA in Economics, 2003

    Trinity College, University of Dublin

Five Most Recent Publications

(2022). Spillover benefits from the world’s largest fully protected MPA. Science.

DOI Ungated Version

(2022). Avoiding critical thresholds through effective monitoring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


(2021). Reply to “Catch rate composition affects assessment of protected area impacts”. Nature Communications.

DOI Open Access PDF

(2021). Coastal armoring and sinking property values: the case of seawalls in California. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies.

DOI Open Access PDF