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Gorstein Joins Consortium as Economics Specialist

Nov 7, 2019 | News

Matt Gorstein has joined the S.C. Sea Grant Con­sortium staff as a coastal economics program specialist, a new position created to provide applied economic research and outreach for the agency’s many constituencies.

Gorstein will work independently and with applied economics professionals at the Consortium’s member institutions to analyze the value of the state’s coastal and marine resources as well as the value of the Consortium’s work. He will share that information with coastal communities, organizations, and businesses.

Gorstein has a bachelor’s of science in economics and a master of science in food and resource economics, both from the University of Florida. Before joining the Consor­tium, he worked as a natural resource economist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in Charleston. He has ana­lyzed the costs and benefits of shoreline infrastructure projects; the storm damage reduction value of wetlands; the demographics of seafood customers and their demand for fresh products; and the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of coastal communities.

Photo of Matt Gorstein by Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.