I study the economics of managing natural and agricultural resources at the plant, field, and landscape levels; teach future applied economists and resource managers the principles and tools for making economic decisions about managed and natural resources; and make recommendations to growers, landowners, and policymakers concerning the private, collective, and policy actions that can lead to economically optimal management of resources.
My research encompasses agricultural, resource, and environmental economics, and I specialize in the field of bioeconomics, which is the study of economic management of biological resources. In my primary research, I use the bioeconomic framework to study the management of economically damaging or beneficial organisms in agriculture, forestry, and agroforestry systems. I specifically study the bioeconomics of managing pests, diseases, invasive species, and pollinators over time within and across properties. In my secondary research, I study the economics of food system localization.
Ph.D., Applied Economics, Cornell University
MENGR, Agricultural Sciences (Diplôme d'Ingénieur Agronome), Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California
M.S., Plant Science, American Univ of Beirut
B.S., Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Natural Resource Economics
EREC 760/860: Ecological-Economic Modeling
NR 643: Economics of Forestry
Atallah, S. S., Gómez, M. I., & Jaramillo, J. (2018). A Bioeconomic Model of Ecosystem Services Provision: Coffee Berry Borer and Shade-grown Coffee in Colombia. Ecological Economics, 144, 129-138. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.08.002
Atallah, S. S., Gómez, M. I., & Conrad, J. M. (2017). Specification of Spatial-Dynamic Externalities and Implications for Strategic Behavior in Disease Control. Land Economics, 93(2), 209-229. doi:10.3368/le.93.2.209
Atallah, S. S., Gómez, M. I., Conrad, J. M., & Nyrop, J. P. (2015). A Plant-Level, Spatial, Bioeconomic Model of Plant Disease Diffusion and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(1), 199-218. doi:10.1093/ajae/aau032