John Bohorquez, Ph.D. Candidate

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John Bohorquez is a Ph.D. candidate with IOCS and is involved with many of our projects including Global Marine Protected Areas, Evaluating MPAs in China, and the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program. However, Johnny’s primary focus, however, is the finance and economics of marine protected areas (MPAs).  Johnny works closely with MPAs in Latin America and the Caribbean where he is conducting a series of case studies on MPAs for his dissertation. 

Outside of Stony Brook University and IOCS, John is a Technical Specialist with the Conservation Finance Alliance, with whom he has collaborated on several research projects pertaining to conservation finance, and is a part of their Protected Areas and Marine & Coastal Finance working groups.  Recent outputs include a whitepaper report, “Conservation Finance: A Framework.”

Prior to arriving at IOCS and Stony Brook University, John worked in finance, most recently as an Acquisitions Analyst at Urban American Management LLC, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in commercial real estate and energy retrofits. Before then, he was an analyst at EMAX LLC, a financial consulting firm specializing in real estate and renewable energy developments with the federal government. John's experience in energy and sustainability also extends to Latin America with Fusion LatAm LLC, based in Bogotá, Colombia. 

John holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College, where he also minored in Earth and Oceanographic Sciences. Johnny often writes about both personal and professional perspectives here. You can usually find him wearing a pair of soccer cleats, ski boots, or rock climbing shoes.