Matt’s background in hydrology and environmental economics integrates biophysical science with the social dimensions of water planning. He has used cutting-edge econometric modeling techniques to quantify ecosystem service values associated with rivers, including recreational and nonuse values, publishing extensively on these and other topics. Matt also applies qualitative research techniques to glean defensible and meaningful insights on water management.
An adjunct faculty member for Oregon State University’s Water Resources Graduate Program (Water Resource Policy & Management), he also serves on the board of the Corvallis Environmental Center.
- Focus group research in southern Arizona to document ecosystem services valued by the general public
- Santa Cruz River “willingness to pay” survey research to quantify the value of preserving different extents of instream flow and associated cottonwood-willow forest
- Middle Rio Grande “willingness to pay” survey research to quantify the value of different river restoration options
- Travel cost modeling to estimate the value of instream recreation in Aravaipa Creek, Arizona, including dependence on site quality
- Benefit-transfer of total economic value for salmon recovery including detailed review of available tools
- Best practice suggestions for ecosystem services research