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Shady ('Shadi') Atallah

Agricultural Economics 

  • Assistant Professor of Ecological/Resource Economics and Sustainability
FORS Room 203
195 Marsteller St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Purdue Extension - FNR Extension

I recently joined the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources as an Assistant Professor in Ecological/Resource Economics and Sustainability with a courtesy appointment with the department of Agricultural Economics

My research, extension, and teaching are in natural resource economics with a focus on sustainable forest ecosystems and associated ecosystem services. Current and recent projects include:

  • Forest farming in Indiana: case-study field demonstrations and economic evaluations
  • Economic evaluation of the classified forest and wildlands program in Indiana;
  • Mixed methods for analyzing the sustainability of social-ecological systems: survey-based simulation models of adaptive human-wildlife interactions in a recreational park;
  • Bioeconomics of climate change adaptation in coffee agroforestry systems.
Recently completed projects include:

I teach Forest Resource Economics (FOR 40700) in the spring semester.

Ph.D., Applied Economics, Cornell University
M.Sc., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis.
Postgraduate Certificate, Postharvest Biology and Technology, University of California, Davis.
M.Sc., Plant Science, American University of Beirut. Lebanon.
B.Sc., M. Eng., Agricultural Sciences (Diplôme d'Ingénieur Agronome), Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon

Awards & Honors

(2012) Land Grant Fellow. Cornell University.

(2011) Certificate of Professional Excellence. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., & Björkman, T. (in press). Localization effects for a fresh vegetable product supply chain: Broccoli in the eastern United States. Food Policy, (49), 151–159. Retrieved from

Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., Fuchs, M. F., & Martinson, T. E. (2012). Economic Impact of Grapevine Leafroll Disease on Vitis viniferacv. Cabernet franc in Finger Lakes Vineyards of New York. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 63(1). Retrieved from

Atallah, S., El Saliby, I., Baalbaki, R., & Talhouk, S. N. (2011). Effects of different irrigation, drying and production scenarios on the productivity, postharvest quality and economic feasibility of Origanum syriacum, a species typically over-collected from the wild in Lebanon. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 91, 337-343. Retrieved from

Atallah, S., Gómez, M. I., Conrad, J. M., & Nyrop, J. P. (in press). A Plant-Level, Spatial, Bioeconomic Model of Plant Disease Diffusion and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Retrieved from