Shadi Atallah, Ph. D.

Shadi Atallah, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor



In my primary area of research, I develop integrated biological-economic models to recommend optimal strategies aimed at managing plant pests, diseases, and invasive species, over time and space, within and across land parcels. In my secondary area of research, I use supply-chain optimization models and choice experiments to assess the opportunities for and consequences of localizing food supply chains. 

Prospective Students 

I am currently looking for an environmental economics  Ph.D. student for the academic year 2017-2018 to work on a recently funded project on the bio-economics of pesticide drift and pollinator health. M.Sc. positions in environmental economics are also available for the same academic year to work on the bio-economics of agrobiodiversity, pest control, and pollination services. For undergraduate research opportunities, please see here. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email me your CV and a brief description of your background and interests.


Ph.D., Applied Economics, Cornell University
M.Sc., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis.
Postgraduate Certificate, Postharvest Biology and Technology, University of California, Davis.
M.Sc., Plant Science, American University of Beirut. Lebanon.
B.Sc., M. Eng., Agricultural Sciences (Diplôme d'Ingénieur Agronome), Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon


  • NR 643 Economics of Forestry
  • EREC 760/860 Ecological-Economic Modeling for Decision Making

Selected Publications

  • Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., & Conrad, J. M. Specification of spatial-dynamic externalities and implications for strategic behavior in disease control. Forthcoming in Land Economics.  Read Here
  • Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., Conrad, J. M., & Nyrop, J. P. (2014). A Plant-Level, Spatial, Bioeconomic Model of Plant Disease Diffusion and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Read Here
    • Atallah, S. and M. I.​​ Gómez  (2014). Grapevine Leafroll Disease Control: It Pays Off to Test Neighboring Grapevines.  Appellation Cornell, Research Focus 2014-2. Read Here
  • Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., Fuchs, M. F., & Martinson, T. E. (2012). Economic Impact of Grapevine Leafroll Disease on Vitis viniferacv. Cabernet franc in Finger Lakes Vineyards of New York. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 63(1). Read Here
  • Ricketts, K. D., Miguel I. G, S. S. Atallah, M. F. Fuchs, T. E. Martinson, M. C. Battany, L. J. Bettiga, M. L. Cooper, P. S. Verdegaal, and R. J. Smith (2015). Reducing the Economic Impact of Grapevine Leafroll Disease in California: Identifying Optimal Disease Management Strategies. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. Read Here
  • Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., & Björkman, T. (2014). Localization effects for a fresh vegetable product supply chain: Broccoli in the eastern United States. Food Policy, (49), 151–159. Read here.
  • Atallah, S., El Saliby, I., Baalbaki, R., & Talhouk, S. N. (2011). Effects of different irrigation, drying and production scenarios on the productivity, postharvest quality and economic feasibility of Origanum syriacum, a species typically over-collected from the wild in Lebanon. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 91, 337-343. Read Here

Selected Projects

Dr. Shadi Atallah
James Hall Room G68
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824