Conservation Finance Director
Quinn McColly is the Conservation Finance Director at Texas Water Trade
Dr. Quinn McColly comes to Texas Water Trade with a unique background that combines practical market experience with academic research. Quinn earned his Ph.D. in Coastal and Marine System Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M—Corpus Christi. He studied with Dr. David Yoskowitz’s Socio-Economics Group, where he wrote his dissertation Market Mechanisms and the Efficient Allocation of Water. He came to the Harte Research Institute after a long stint in the world of finance, working as a floor trader on the Chicago Stock Exchange for a decade before moving laterally into an advisory position in private wealth management. He earned his master’s degree at TAMU-CC in Environmental Science after defending his thesis Evaluating the Interest of Voluntary Buyers in an Ecosystem Services Exchange. During his undergraduate work at Indiana University and Columbia College, he studied liberal arts with concentrations in environmental studies, history, and philosophy.
In his free time, Quinn enjoys cycling, sailing, gardening, and anything his 6-year-old daughter Abilyn wants to do. Quinn is excited to join Texas Water Trade to continue to explore creative conservation finance strategies, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to restore and protect environmental flows of water, and is motivated by his desire to brighten the future for the children of today and tomorrow.