Dennis M. King is an environmental economist and founder and manager of King and Associates LLC, a research and consulting firm based in Plymouth, Massachusetts (USA). He is also a retired research professor at the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science. His most recent research is focused on the economic exposure of commercial and recreational fisheries to U.S.-based offshore wind energy development.
Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in Marine Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Food and Natural Resource Economics, and a BBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Massachusetts. He has over forty years of research and consulting experience in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics with a strong emphasis on ocean-based industries, markets and regulations, bio-economic modeling, and ecosystem valuation. He is the author of over one hundred reports, papers, and book chapters dealing with environmental/economic linkages, environmental restoration, fisheries, and international trade in natural resource products. He has been the project manager on over one hundred interdisciplinary science/engineering/economic/policy research projects. He has been an economic consultant to the United Nations, The World Bank, the European Union, several U.S. congressional committees, many U.S. federal and state government agencies, national industry/government councils, small and large businesses, seaport administrations, non-government organizations, and insurance and financial institutions. He has been an expert witness and testified before U.S. and state congressional committees and at fishery-related administrative law judge hearings and has provided litigation support and expert testimony in over forty cases involving disputes regarding fishery-related economic losses and national and international fish and seafood markets and pricing.
He developed and pioneered practical applications of widely used ecosystem valuation methods and economic tools to assess and compare environmental restoration and mitigation projects and invasive species response strategies. He also developed fishery-related risk assessment and underwriting methods for Lloyd’s of London. Ltd and other global insurers, and bio-economic and GIS-based global tuna fishing fleet allocation/decision-support models for H.J. Heinz (Starkist), Van Camp (Chicken of the Sea), and other global seafood companies.
A list of Dr. King’s past projects and clients is available at List of Projects/Clients, and a list of his reports and publications is available at List of Reports/Publications.