Isaac Jonas


Thesis Topic

Estimating the economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas in the Northern Shelf Bioregion


Rashid Sumaila


BA, University of Zimbabwe
MFRE, University of British Columbia


Isaac Jonas is currently studying towards a Master of Arts degree in Resources, Environment and Sustainability within the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His thesis work involves developing a model to estimate the net economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in British Columbia.

Previously, Isaac completed his Master of Food and Resources Economics (MFRE) degree at UBC in 2015 as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar. He also holds a B.Sc. Honors degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. In the past, whilst studying for the MFRE program, he has founded a non-profit organization that has helped develop financial skills of hundreds of young farmers in Zimbabwe. In between his graduate studies at UBC, he has taught undergraduate courses such as Land, Food and Community (LFS 250), Introduction to Science (SCIE 113) and Civil Engineering (CIVL 302). A global citizen, Isaac has spoken at various local and international forums, for example, the Skoll World Forum at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and the UBC African Business Forum.

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