Matthew Interis

About Matthew Interis

Matt Interis specializes in non-market valuation of environmental and natural resource services, working primarily with stated preference surveys and focusing on the improvement of stated preference valuation techniques. His applied work has involved the valuation of coastal wetland and barrier island restoration in Louisiana and the valuation of ecosystem services from specific habitats including salt marsh, oyster reefs, and mangrove forests. Recently he has begun work on direct-from-grower food purchases. He has taught Introduction to Food and Resource Economics, Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy, Advanced Environmental Economics, and Experimental Economics and Survey Design. In 2010-2011 he was voted Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty by students in the department and in 2011 he received the Excellence in Teaching, Lower Division Award for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

EEM Alumni Spotlight: Katie Starr ’16

I have another Environmental Economics & Management (EEM) graduate Q&A for you, this one from a more recent graduate, Katie Starr, who graduated just this past December, 2016. Katie, where do you currently work, what’s your job title, and what … Continue reading

EEM Alumni Spotlight: Jonathon Giuffria ’12

Let’s try something new with a Q&A from an EEM grad! Today we feature Jonathon Giuffria, one of our earlier Environmental Economics and Management (EEM) majors, class of 2012. Jonathon has been nice enough to answer a few questions about … Continue reading

Update: What are our EEM graduates up to?

Well, we have a new boss here in the department and he asked me to update this previous blog post from early 2015 about what our EEM majors are doing after they graduate from our program. I spent a little time … Continue reading

Water is the common bond: agriculture, basic human needs, climate change, the environment

BBC News reports on the current drought in India, a complicated and challenging issue. Following two consecutive bad monsoons, India is facing one of its worst droughts. Of its 29 states, nearly half were reported to have suffered from severe water … Continue reading

India to apply Dr. Interis’ teachings

From CNN Money: India Slaps New Taxes on Cars to Curb Pollution The tax hikes were unveiled as part of India’s annual budget on Monday by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who described pollution and traffic in Indian cities as “a … Continue reading

What do expert economists know?

Warning: thinking about this topic may blow your mind. First some background before getting to my main point: One thing environmental economists do is estimate the value of things we like about the environment (more birdies, cleaner air, etc.). The … Continue reading

Career opportunities in environmental economics

Students often ask me what kinds of jobs environmental economists get. Bob Hartzell has named his list of the top 5 career opportunities in environmental economics. They are (1) environmental consulting, (2) project management, (3) resources policy advocacy, (4) agricultural economics, and … Continue reading

Can I pay you not to harvest that timber?

From BBC News, Norway is going to pay Liberia to cease all harvesting of trees from its rainforest by 2020: Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development … Continue reading

Whither global warming?

I recently read an academic article with the word “whither” in the title and thought it sounded a bit hifalutin (but wait, the word hifalutin sounds hifalutin…) so let me know if you do to. Anyway… There’s an interesting Wall … Continue reading

What does your dog doo in the cemetery?

The Dispatch reports that the city of Starkville is struggling with how to handle dog waste in the city’s cemeteries. Starkville aldermen will let the city’s informal cemetery board decide recommendations on how to curb a growing trend of irresponsible … Continue reading