USDA-funded MS in Environmental Economics (Resource Economics)
University of New Hampshire, USA


Applications for a funded 2-year Master of Science degree program in environmental economics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are invited. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 15, 2017.


The selected student will conduct research on the bioeconomics of agrobiodiversity and resilience to pests in apples. This research will be part of a multi-state project that aims at the “conversion of research-based knowledge of chemical ecology into tools useful to supporting sustainable and economically sound pest and pollinator management in agricultural systems”. Research will be conducted in New Hampshire with potential for out-of-state travel to collect data and present research at professional meetings.

The selected student will complete their M.S. in Natural Resources: Environmental Economics in the Environmental and Resource Economics program (EREC) in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN) at UNH, an interdisciplinary department that integrates social and ecological science education, and will gain valuable teaching experience through a teaching assistantship. The position includes full tuition, a base stipend of $16,640 (9-month academic year) and additional paid hourly work over the summer, and health insurance for 2 years. The start date for this position is August 21, 2017.

The successful candidate will work directly with Prof. Shadi S. Atallah (environmental and resource economics), and possibly Prof. Marek Petrik (computer science) and other EREC or UNH faculty.


Qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and resource economics, economics, industrial engineering, applied mathematics, computer science, quantitative ecology, or a related field and be accepted as a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. Students must have formal coursework in economics and quantitative methods to succeed in the program’s courses of microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, econometrics, environmental economics, and ecological-economic modeling. Preference will be given to applicants with experience or strong interest in developing modeling skills and those with a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary ecological-economic research (e.g., through undergraduate research). Desired qualifications also include an inquisitive nature, strong communication skills, and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


Application: Please send the following to Prof. Shadi Atallah by email ( (1) Cover letter describing your interest in one or two of the research projects above or a closely related topic, and any unique qualifications; (2) Resume indicating your scholarly, extracurricular, and work experiences; (3) Contact information for three academic or professional references (indicate their position/role); and (4) Copy of all undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable) and GRE scores. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates who are short-listed will be asked to submit full application materials; see more information at Contact Prof. Atallah with questions.

NREN is New Hampshire’s educational center for the scholarly study of environmental and social sciences, and their application to the economics, policy and management of natural resources from local to global scales. As an M.S. student in Natural Resources you can expect to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to natural resource economics, receive support from world-class faculty, receive personal attention to individual scholastic development, receive training for a successful career as a teacher, researcher, practitioner or organizational leader and receive preparation to become a leader in the stewardship of natural resources. See more at and

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