BS Economics and minor in philosophy from the University of Puget Sound

MPA from the Evans School of Policy and Governance at the University of Washington (in progress)

Zachary Christin

Project Director

Zachary Christin leads research focused on social and health valuation, urban systems, cultural services, and advancing applications of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in federal policy. Zac led research to incorporate environmental benefits for FEMA’s BCA tool, resulting in FEMA Policy FP-108-024-01. His research was also directly incorporated into FEMA's 2015 update Hazard Mitigation Assistance program, which now includes climate resilient mitigation activities. Zac participated in HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition as a Subject Matter Expert on BCA. His current work is with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership to apply ecosystem services analysis within Colorado's South Platte Watershed.



Christin, Z.L., Bagstad, K.J., Verdone, M.A. 2016. A Decision Framework for Identifying Models to Estimate Forest Ecosystem Service Gains from Restoration. Forest Ecosystems. 3(3).

Chadsey, M., Christin, Z., Fletcher, A. 2015. Open Space Valuation for Central Puget Sound, Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Christin, Z. 2014a. Return on Investment Analysis of North Wind’s Weir. Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Christin, Z., Flores, L., Stanton, T. 2014. Nature’s Value from Cities to Forests: A Framework to Measure Ecosystem Services along the Urban-Rural Gradient, Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Batker, D., Christin, Z., Cooley, C., Graf, W., Jones, K.B., Loomis, J., Pittman, J. 2014. Nature’s Value in the Colorado River Basin, Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Batker, D., Christin, Z., Schmidt, R., de la Torre, I. 2013. The Economic Impact of the 2013 Rim Fire on Natural Lands. Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Boumans, R., Christin, Z., 2013. Baseline Budgets and Goals to Increase Carbon, Nitrogen and Water Storage in the Snohomish River Basin. Earth Economics. Tacoma, WA.

Harrison-Cox, Batker, D., Christin, Z., Rapp, J. 2012. Puget Sound: Washington State’s Best Investment. Earth Economics. Tacoma WA.

Christin, Z., Batker, D., Harrison-Cox, J. 2011. Economic Impact of Metro Parks Tacoma Ecosystem Services: Economic Impact Study Phase II. Earth Economics. Tacoma WA.

Batker, D., Harrison-Cox, J., Schmidt, R., Christin, Z. 2011. The Puyallup River Watershed: An Ecological Economic Characterization. Earth Economics. Tacoma WA.