Assistant Director for Development and Extension
Employed by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium since 2019.
About Matt Gorstein
As the Consortium’s Assistant Director for Development and Extension, Matt coordinates the efforts of extension staff members. The work of the extension team encompasses a wide range of topics, including community resilience and adaptation to changing climate; natural resource planning and protection; wise use and conservation of living marine resources and coastal water resources; risk communication; and fostering sustainable economic development opportunities. Matt’s additional responsibilities include documenting the market and non-market economic benefits of South Carolina’s coastal and marine resources.
The goal of the S.C. Sea Grant Extension Program is to respond to the needs of stakeholders by connecting them with the best available coastal science, hands on technical support, funding opportunities, and outreach programs, among other activities – to ensure the preservation and enhance the well-being of South Carolina’s coastal communities.
Matt has a B.S. in economics and a M.S. in food and resource economics, both from the University of Florida. Prior to serving as the Consortium’s Assistant Director for Development and Extension, he served as the Coastal Economics Program Specialist. 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.