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Shady Salim Atallah

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Research Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Bioeconomics
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems


Research Description

Dr. Atallah's research program generates recommendations to growers, landowners, and resource managers to manage their crops and natural resources in a way that balances economic and ecological objectives and constraints. Applications include the economics of sustainably managing damaging organisms such as pests, diseases, and invasive species and beneficial organisms such as pollinators, within and across farms and forestlands.


  • Ph.D., Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, 2014
  • M.Sc., Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis, 2009
  • Grad. Cert., Postharvest Biology and Technology, UC Davis, 2008
  • M.Sc., Plant Science, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2006
  • B. Sc., Diplôme d'Ingénieur (Agricultural Sciences), Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon, 2004


Courses Taught

  • ACE 199: Sustainable Food Systems
  • ACE 503-B: Dynamic Optimization
  • ACE 563: Mathematical Programming for Applied Economists


Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Associate Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Associate Professor, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Recent Publications

Bloom, E. H., Atallah, S. S., & Casteel, C. L. (2024). Motivating organic farmers to adopt practices that support the pest-suppressive microbiome relies on understanding their beliefs. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 39, Article e8.

Atallah, S. S., Huang, J., Leahy, J., & Bennett, K. P. (2023). Family forest landowner preferences for managing invasive species: Control methods, ecosystem services, and neighborhood effects. Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2(2), 318-333.

Dai, B., Gómez, M. I., Atallah, S. S., & Björkman, T. (2023). Changes in the supply chain outcomes of food regionalization, 2007–2017: Broccoli in the eastern United States. PloS one, 18(6 June), Article e0287691.

Salgado, J., Montúfar, R., Gehrung, J., & Atallah, S. S. (2023). Intergenerational livelihood dependence on ecosystem services: A descriptive analysis of the ivory palm in coastal Ecuador. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 52(2), 301-319.

Asbjornsen, H., Wang, Y., Ellison, D., Ashcraft, C. M., Atallah, S. S., Jones, K., Mayer, A., Altamirano, M., & Yu, P. (2022). Multi-Targeted payments for the balanced management of hydrological and other forest ecosystem services. Forest Ecology and Management, 522, Article 120482.

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