Steven Dundas is an environmental and resource economist with a research and teaching focus on non-market valuation and coastal and marine ecosystem services. He joined the Applied Economics and Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station faculty at Oregon State University in 2015 and received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Economics. Steve’s research work is motivated by aims to provide policy-relevant analysis to help understand the value of ecosystem services, the effects of climate change on economic outcomes, and the efficacy of environmental regulations. His research is published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Marine Resource Economics, and PLoS ONE and has been funded by multiple NOAA programs and Oregon Sea Grant.

Current research projects include:

  • Modeling private coastal adaptation behavior through shoreline armoring decisions
  • Understanding the housing market impacts of expected sea-level rise policy
  • Estimating the non-market value of threatened salmon populations and restored coastal wetlands
  • Integrating marine and coastal ecosystems into climate policy

For more information, please visit Steve’s website.

Steve currently advises graduate students in Applied Economics and the Marine Resource Management programs and mentors undergraduate students in the Environmental Economics and Policy major.

Steven Dundas

Phone: 541-737-1402

Current Grants

Economic Benefits of Coastal Natural Infrastructure
2015 – 2020
Funded by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Envisioning a Resilient Oregon Coast
2018 – 2021
Funded by Oregon Sea Grant

Optimizing the Ecosystem Services of US Pacific Northwest Coastal Beaches and Dunes
2019 – 2022
Funded by NOAA Ecological Effects of Sea-Level Rise program

Assessing Climate-Related Risk and Adaptation Options for Water Suppliers along the Oregon Coast
2019 – 2022
Funded by NOAA Coastal and Climate Applications program

In the News

Climate change may make some days too darned hot to fish off the Southeast coast - Raleigh News and Observer/Charlotte Observer (2019)

Another casualty of climate change? Recreational fishing - Science Daily (2019)

Climate change is coming for fishing, too - (2019)

OSU Study: Saving endangered species brings big benefits - Central Oregon (2019)

Oregon Study Shows How Increasing Abundance Of ESA-Listed Salmon Can Translate Into A Dollar Value, Deliver Economic Benefits - Columbia Basin Bulletin Fish & Wildlife News (2019)

Off-road vehicle restriction benefits outweigh costs for national seashore - (2018)

Research at the Edge of the Pacific (2017)

Coastal infrastructure - North Carolina State University Center for Resource and Environmental Economic Policy (2017)