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Spring 2022: Mediterranean Exploration

Andrew Seidl

Discipline: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Colorado State University

Andrew (Andy) Seidl, Ph.D., is Associate Department Head and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University.

Andy moved to Colorado from his native Wisconsin to put his brand new economics degree to good use as a Beaver Creek Ski Instructor in 1985. He taught in Vail, Aspen, Las Lenas, Argentina, and Chamonix, France before his GRE scores lapsed, his knees blew out, and he had to go to graduate school at the University of Florida.

He has been a CSU Professor of Environmental, Natural Resource and Development Economics for about 25 years and has also taught courses in Costa Rica, England, Hungary, Italy, and Vietnam. His work focuses on natural resource-based economic development in Colorado and internationally. His recent research and outreach efforts include the economics of agricultural land preservation and land use planning, World Heritage tourism, biodiversity finance, and forest landscape restoration.

Internationally, Andy has worked with the Brazilian government in the Pantanal region, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), focusing on sustainable development, green economy, and environmental mainstreaming issues.

Andy has traveled to about 80 countries and has lived for a time in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, England, Italy, and Switzerland. He can hack his way through Spanish and Portuguese and can read French, but can really only tell the best dad jokes in English. He enjoys losing at golf, soccer, and a good local IPA. He is married to Laura and has two sons, Chris and Keegan, in their early 20s. All except Laura are Chelsea fans, and she is an insufferable Scouser. If there is a match while we are in port, you can depend on Andy to be looking for a ticket.

Andy’s recent work can be seen in journals of World Development, Restoration Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Tourism Economics, Ecological Economics, Regional Science, Environmental Management, and Environment and Development Economics, and in popular press including New Europe, the OECD Observer, and World Conservation. Dr. Seidl holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, USA.