Sunny Jardine is trained as a resource and environmental economist. Her research is broadly focused on the economics of conservation policy for marine and coastal systems, which involves understanding how economic markets and institutions impact the value of ecosystem services generated in coupled human-natural systems. Current research topics include invasive species management, barrier island management, blue carbon conservation, biodiversity in fisheries and fisheries markets. She uses economic theory, econometric methods and numerical methods in her research. Jardine received her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Davis in 2013.