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Linus Blomqvist

Education 
MA, Environmental Science, Yale University
BA, Geography and Management Studies, Cambridge University

Bio
Linus Blomqvist is a PhD student pursuing the Economics and Environmental Science emphasis. He is the former Director of Conservation and Food & Agriculture at the Breakthrough Institute, and an Associate Researcher at the D.E.E.P. Lab at the University of Tasmania. Linus has worked for several conservation organizations including BirdLife Europe and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Linus’s interests center on land use, specifically on how to design and evaluate policies that drive agricultural intensification while also protecting natural habitats.

Linus has published widely in the areas of conservation, agriculture, and environmental policy. He has co-authored seven peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters, covering topics from ecological tipping points to livestock systems, food demand, ecological footprint accounting, planetary boundaries, ecosystem services, and forecasting methods. He has written blogs and essays on issues ranging from decoupling to land sparing, precision agriculture, aquaculture, feedlots, and fertilizers.

Linus’s work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, The Guardian, and many others. He is a former PERC Lone Mountain Fellow and is on the advisory committee of Nature Needs Half.

Linus holds an MESc from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a BA in Geography from Cambridge University.

Linus was born and raised in Sweden and has been based in the US since 2011. In his free time, he enjoys birding, motorcycling, photography, jazz, and running.

Year Admitted 
2019

Research Areas 
land use, conservation, agricultural economics

Faculty Advisor 
Andrew Plantinga (Social Science Group)