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Burgess, Matt

Assistant Professor



research overview

  • Dr. Burgess's research focuses on economic growth futures and their environmental impacts, natural resource management and conservation, mathematical modeling of human-environment systems, and political polarization of environmental issues. He uses a combination of mathematical and computer modeling, data synthesis, and collaboration with stakeholders, in order to make conceptual advances and link them to practice. Disciplinarily, his research blends natural resource and environmental economics with ecology and applied mathematics.


  • environmental economics, political polarization, climate change, conservation, fisheries


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courses taught

  • ECON 3535 - Natural Resource Economics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Integrates economic analysis with life science aspects of natural resource systems to develop social policies for use of natural resources. Studies economists' approaches to resources policy analysis and applies them to energy, forestry, fisheries, mineral and water systems. Credit given in this course is not included in the calculation of an economics major GPA. Degree credit not granted for this course and ECON 4535.
  • ENVS 1001 - Introduction to Developing Environmental Solutions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2021
    Builds on ENVS 1000 to give students greater understanding of how to approach environmental issues and work toward solutions. Integrates all focal areas of ENVS - sciences, policy, values - with greatest emphasis on learning science, data analysis and critical thinking fundamentals. Uses case studies of local issues to provide context for skill building and synthesis.
  • ENVS 3555 - Sustainable Economies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Applies a holistic and transdisciplinary approach to answering the following questions: (i) What might an environmentally sustainable economy look like? (ii) What social and political challenges might such an economy face? (iii) What institutions might support an environmentally and socially sustainable economy? The course draws on concepts from several branches of economics'especially macroeconomics, ecological economics, and public finance'as well as other related disciplines, including history, psychology, politics, and evolutionary biology. Recommended prerequisites: ECON 2010 or ECON 2020 or other introductory-level economics course.
  • ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 4850 - ENVS Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
    To be taken in final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Department enforced restriction: Requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared ENVS major and approval by departmental honors committee.
  • ENVS 5100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    A variety of topics not currently offered in curriculum; offered depending on instructor availability and student demand. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.


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