Eric Hallstein

Chief Economist
Economics
[email protected]

As Director of Conservation Investments & Chief Economist, Eric leads the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy’s work in conservation assets (e.g. real estate acquisitions and stewardship, commercial fishing quotas, carbon credits and fresh water rights), conservation finance and environmental economics.

Before he joined the Conservancy in 2012, he was a principal leading the Energy and Environmental Practice at Imprint Capital Advisors, a financial advisory firm that builds mission-driven investment portfolios for institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals (acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2015). Previously, Eric was a venture capital investor and Kauffman Fellow with Omidyar Network and the CALCEF Clean Energy Fund, an entrepreneur as a founding team member of GoodGuide (acquired by UL Environment in 2012), and a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. His work has been featured in a variety of news outlets, including The New York Times, Fast Company, and the Economist. Eric received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He holds dual M.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Energy and Resources Group. He has an A.B. in East Asian Studies - Japan from Harvard University.


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2017 | Freshwater | Terrestrial | Marine | Technology | Economics | Science | Publications & Reports

Dynamic conservation for migratory species

Mark D. Reynolds, Brian L. Sullivan, Eric Hallstein, Sandra Matsumoto, Steve Kelling, Matthew Merrifield, Daniel Fink, Alison Johnston, Wesley M. Hochachka, Nicholas E. Bruns, Matthew E. Reiter, Sam Veloz, Catherine Hickey, Nathan Elliott, Leslie Martin, John W. Fitzpatrick, Paul Spraycar, Gregory H. Golet, Christopher McColl, Scott A. Morrison

What if instead of buying habitat, conservationists could rent it when and where nature needs it most? The Conservancy is using predictive models of shorebird movements, data from the citizen science program eBird, and NASA satellite wetland habitat data to create a habitat marketplace of…


2017 | Freshwater | Terrestrial | Economics | Publications & Reports

Market-Based Mechanisms For Securing Environmental Water In California

Sarah Heard, Siobhan King, Eric Hallstein

California’s water supply is becoming increasingly unreliable. During dry times, consumptive use often outstrips supplies. As a result, people and nature suffer. This imbalance of supply and demand will likely grow worse if future demand for agricultural and urban water increases alongside a warming climate.…



2015 | Freshwater | Terrestrial | Technology | Publications & Reports

Abundance models improve spatial and temporal prioritization of conservation resources

Johnston, A., D. Fink, M. D. Reynolds, W. M. Hochachka, B. L. Sullivan, N. E. Bruns, E. Hallstein, M. S. Merrifield, S. Matsumoto, S. Kelling

Global declines in migratory species in response to accelerating habitat destruction and climate change challenge the scope and scale of conservation efforts. The ability to pinpoint where and when conservation interventions will have the greatest positive population impact is especially important for conservation of migratory…