Assistant Professor,  School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, 2018 – Present


Joint Appointment, Department of Economics, University of Delaware, 2019 – Present 

Joint Appointment, Biden School, University of Delaware, 2020 – Present 

Career Advancement and Mentorship Program, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, 2021-2023

Beijer Young Scholar, Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2019 – 2022

Previous Appointment:

Postdoctoral Scholar, Sustainable Fisheries Group, Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2017-2018


Ph.D. Sustainable Development, Columbia University, 2017

M.P.A. Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2011

B.S. Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 2005

Research Interests:

Environmental economics and policy, Climate change, International agreements, Fisheries

Publications: (*denotes equal first authorship)

Dobson, J. L., Kahley, M. R., Birkenbach, A. M., & Oremus, K. L. (2023). Harassment and obstruction of observers in U.S. fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10. 

Oremus, K. L.*, Frank, E.*, Jian Adelman, J., Cruz, S., Herndon, J., Sewell, B. & Suatoni, L. (2023). Underfished or unwanted? Much blame cast upon fisheries policy may be misguided. Science, 380(6645), 585–588.

Oremus, K. L., Bone, J., Costello, C., García Molinos, J., Lee, A., Mangin, T.  & Salzman, J. (2020). Governance challenges for tropical nations losing fish species due to climate change. Nature Sustainability, 3(4), 277–280.

Oremus, K.L. (2019). Climate variability reduces employment in New England fisheries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(52), 26444-26449. 

Ramesh, N., Rising, J. A. & Oremus, K. L. (2019). The small world of global marine fisheries: The cross-boundary consequences of larval dispersal. Science, 364(6446), 1192–1196. 

Meng, K. C., Oremus, K. L. & Gaines, S. D. (2016). New England Cod Collapse and the Climate. PLOS ONE, 11(7), e0158487. 

Oremus, K. L., Suatoni, L. & Sewell, B. 2014). The requirement to rebuild US fish stocks: Is it working? Marine Policy, 47, 71–75.

Brunner, R., Ali, F., Ambel, C.C., Aquino, P., Bautista, K., Bendandi, B., Karpati, A., Lai, K.,  Barbour-McKellar, J., Roos, M., Rudder, N., Soergel, E. & Valencia, N. (2010). Back to its roots: REDD+ via the Copenhagen Accord. Reconsidering Development Journal, 1(1).

Working Papers:

Frank, E.* and Oremus, K.L.* (May 11, 2023). Regulating Biological Resources: Lessons from Marine Fisheries in the United States. University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2023-63, Available at SSRN:

“GO-FISH: Geolocated Ocean-Fishery Identified Spawning Habitats,” with James Rising (UD), Nandini Ramesh (CSIRO), and Audrey Ostroski (UD) 


Technical Contributor to Hsiang et al. (2023) Ch. 19. Economics. In: Fifth National Climate Assessment. Crimmins, A.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, B.C. Stewart, and T.K. Maycock, Eds. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA. 

Contributing author to Hildebrand et al. (2023) Report on Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action: 2022-2023. Mitchell, C., and K. Goldstein, Eds. Global Ocean Forum, Orleans, MA, USA.

Invited Presentations and Conferences:

2023: COP28 Virtual Ocean Pavilion Live Event, "Shifting Goals: What is the Ocean We Want"

2023: United Kingdom Climate Change Committee, "Fisheries in a Changing Climate"

2023: Harvard Radcliffe Institute Next in Science, "New Challenges for the World's Fisheries"

2022: UC Davis National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program, "Adrift and in Hot Water: Hidden Risks from Transboundary Larval Dispersal under Climate Change"

2022: NBER Summer Institute EEE, “Regulating Biological Resources: Lessons from Marine Fisheries in the United States

2022: LSE Imperial College Workshop in Env. Econ., “Regulating Biological Resources: Lessons from Marine Fisheries in the United States”

2022: IIFET, "The Magnuson-Stevens Act: How much has the US rebuilt its fisheries?"

2020: AERE@ASSA Annual Meeting, San Diego, “Regulating Biological Resources: Lessons from Marine Fisheries in the United States”

2019: Center for Environmental Economics and Policy, Columbia University, "Confronting the Challenge of Fisheries Governance in Tropical Regions"

2019: Beijer Institute, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, "International Fish Networks" 

2018: Department of Economics, University of Delaware, "Climate's impact on livelihoods in New England Fisheries"

2018: Sustainable Development Research Symposium, Columbia University, "The value of transboundary fishing agreements under climate change"

2017: School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware, "Fishery management in a dynamic environment "

2016: American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Meeting, “New England cod collapse and climate”

2014: SmarterCape Economic Summit, “Atlantic cod collapse and climate”

2013: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, “The requirement to rebuild US fish stocks: Is it working?”

Popular Science:

Oremus, K. L. & Birkenbach, A. (2020). Fisheries Have a Data Infrastructure Problem. Nature Sustainability: World Oceans Day 2020

Oremus, K. L. (2020). Making Fisheries a Part of Climate Talks. Nature Sustainability: Behind the paper. 

Ramesh, N., Oremus, K. L., & Rising, J. A. (2020). A Connected Ocean: Drifting Fish Larvae Bind Nations' Marine Territories. TheScienceBreaker

Ramesh, N., Rising, J. A. & Oremus, K. L. (2019). Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network.” The Conversation

Referee Service: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Fish and Fisheries, Frontiers in Marine Science, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Marine Resource Economics, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Ocean Sustainability, Science

Teaching Experience:

Capstone in Environmental Issues, graduate, University of Delaware, 2024Present

Environmental Economics, graduate, University of Delaware, 2022 – Present

Marine Environmental Studies (capstone course), undergraduate, University of Delaware. 20212023

Coupling Human and Natural Systems, graduate, University of Delaware, 2019 – 2022

Analytics for Environmental Science and Policy, graduate, Columbia University, 2013 – 2014