Bernie Bastien-Olvera

Interdisciplinary researcher on climate change science and economic impacts.

 Communicator, media producer, and National Geographic Explorer. 

My work explores how climate change will impact the ecosystems that provide tangible and intangible benefits to people. By modeling coupled human-natural systems and statistically analyzing empirical data, I explore mitigation and adaptation pathways that protect the diverse and unique nature contributions to society.

I am an institutional Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. I work with Kate Ricke and researchers at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation on representing climate-driven changes in the oceans and marine ecosystems in climate policy models. 

Selected Publications

Google Scholar

CV 2023

Selected Awards, Honors & Scholarships

  • 2023 – Kinsella Memorial Prize Award
    High quality, original, multidisciplinary Ph.D. dissertation of the year.
    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis.
  • 2022 – National Geographic Explorer
    National Geographic Society
  • 2017 – Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellowship

Media coverage


We Can’t Fight Climate Change Without Valuing Nature. Healthy ecosystems essential to meeting Paris Agreement.

by Dana Nuccitelli

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A New Approach to an Unresolved Mystery in Climate Economics. Do shifts in temperature have enduring economic impacts? A “clever” trick identifying climate trends gets us one step closer to addressing this long-standing question in climate economics.
by Jenessa Duncombe September 2, 2022

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Natural capital in climate models. Models typically used to analyse climate–economy interactions have paradoxically ignored much of nature’s value. A new study explicitly addresses this issue and reveals feedback loops between nature and the climate system that make climate change more costly.
by Matthew Agarwala & Diane Coyle

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Creative productions and outreach

I am passionate about science communication, and I dedicate a huge part of my time to it. I am co-founder of Estudios Planeteando, a production house that creates multi-media socio-environmental storytelling projects. 

Festivals and Live Performances

TV and Films