Michael K. Tanner is an economist, specialising on environmental and climate change economics. Since 2017, he has been working as a researcher on environmental economics and policy at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. He also is currently a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS) at the University of Hamburg. He holds a Bachelor in Economics from Federico Santa María Technical University, an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg.

His research interests involve the economics of environmental policy, climate change, and natural resource management-with applications into market-based mechanisms for conservation, economic valuation of ecosystem services, and climate change mitigation and adaptation policies.

Michael has received several awards for his applied work on these topics, including the International Climate Protection Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation on 2019 and the Young Leaders of the Americas fellowship by the U.S State department in 2017.