Tom is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at UC San Diego, whose research interests include environmental economics and applied climate science. During his graduate studies, Tom was an NSF research fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, a researcher at the SIO Climate Research Division, and the chief statistician at a local biotech startup. Tom received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford (Balliol College), and is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School (class of 1996), where he was a National Merit Scholar, with perfect scores on both the PSAT and the SAT.