Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
Office: Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology&Forest Science
Personal Website: https://marziehmotallebi.wixsite.com/mysite
Ph.D. Ecological Economics
Colorado State University 2011-2015
M.Sc. Agricultural Economics
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
B.S. Agricultural Economics
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Environmental Policy, Production Economics, Mathematical Economics, Economics of Natural Resources, Development Economics, Agricultural Marketing, Macroeconomics, Public Sector Finance, Microeconomics, and Ecosystem Services Valuation Seminar.
A Community for Ecosystem Services (ACES)
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)
I am very interested in investigating the economic and behavioral aspects of environmental issues and studying the direct and indirect impacts of environmental policies on social welfare.
Extension and Outreach
• Clay, L., Motallebi, M., Song, B. (2020). Carbon Markets: An Alternative Income Opportunity for South Carolina Forest Landowners. Clemson Land-Grant Press. https://lgpress.clemson.edu/publication/carbon-markets-an-alternative-income-opportunity-for-south-carolina-forest-landowners/
• Alhassan, M., Motallebi, M. Majidzadeh, H. (2020). Carbon Offsets for South Carolina Family Forest Landowners. Clemson Land-Grant Press. https://lgpress.clemson.edu/publication/carbon-offsets-for-south-carolina-family-forest-landowners/
• Perkins, K., Clay, L., Motallebi, M. (2020). Cover Crop Education for Farmers in South Carolina. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2020. LGP 1080. http://lgpress.clemson.edu/publication/cover-crop-education-for-farmers-in-south-carolina/.
• Conducted two state-wide workshops on the “Costs and Benefits of Implementing Stormwater Management project in Coastal Counties of SC”, Aug 2019. Mt. Pleasant, SC and Myrtle Beach, SC.
• Conducted a state-wide workshop on the “Carbon Market for SC” inviting guest speakers from different entities including a carbon credit seller and a buyer at Clemson Madren Center, May 2019. See the link:
• Conducted a state-wide workshop on the “Conversation on Ecosystem Services Valuation and Payment for Ecosystem Services” and invited environmental policy makers and stakeholders from all over the state at Sandhill Rec, Columbia SC. in June 2018. See the link:
• Conducted a state-wide workshop on the “Organic Farming in SC” invited farmers from all over the state at Pee Dee Rec, Florence SC. in March 2018.
• Conducted a state-wide workshop on the “Carbon Market for SC” inviting guest speakers from different entities including a carbon credit seller and a buyer at Sandhill REC. Columbia, SC in May 2018.
• Conducted a state-wide workshop on the “Carbon Market for SC” inviting guest speakers from different entities including a carbon credit seller and a buyer at Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Sep 2017.
• Co-conducted an educational workshop on the “Carbon Market for SC” in the SC Tree Farm meeting in Sep 2017.
• Co-conducted a workshop on the “Business of Recycling in SC” in June 2016 collaborating with the Coastal Training Program Coordinator in University of South Carolina.
• Congaree Biosphere Region Conservation Planning (a systematic spatial conservation prioritization) website:
Richards, S., Vassalos, M., Motallebi, M. (2022). Factors Affecting Consumer Purchasing Decisions and Willingness to Pay for Oysters In South Carolina. Journal of Food Distribution Research 53(2), pp. 1–25.
Ureta, J.C., Motallebi, M., Vassalos, M., Seagle, S., Baldwin, R. (2022). Estimating Residents’ Willingness to Pay for Ecosystem Services Improvement in a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) program: A choice experiment approach. Ecological Economics 201(2022) 107561. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107561.
Clay, L., Perkins, K., Motallebi, M. (2022). Private Forest Lands in South Carolina: Motivations for Using Prescribed Fire and other Best Management Practices. Small-Scale Forestry pp. 1-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11842-022-09512-0.
Cheplick, D., Motallebi, M., Richards, S., Dickes, L., Gaines, G., Walters, K. (2021). Seafood Consumption Preferences and Attributes Influencing Awareness of South Carolina Aquaculture Products. Journal of Food Distribution Research 52(3), pp. 24-45.
Ureta, J., Motallebi, M., Vassalos, M., Alhassan, M., Ureta, J.C. (2021). Valuing Stakeholder Preferences for Environmental Benefits of Stormwater Ponds: Evidence from Choice Experiment. Journal of Environmental Management 293(1), 112828. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112828.
Ureta, J., Motallebi, M., Scaroni, A.E., Lovelace, S., Ureta, J.C. (2021). Understanding the Public Behavior in Adopting Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Sustainable Cities and Society 69(2021), 102815. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.102815.
Richards, S., Motallebi, M. (2021). New Survey Shows COVID-19 Impacts on South Carolina Oyster Farmers and Offers Hope for a Faster Recovery. Journal of Agriculture, Food System, and Community Development, 10(2), 1–4. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2021.102.016.
Ureta, J.C., Motallebi, M., Baldwin, R., Dickes, L., Ureta, J., Clay, L. (2020). Understanding Residents’ Knowledge, Awareness, and Perception of Conservation Programs in South Carolina. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources 7(1), 45-65.
Available at: https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/jscwr/vol7/iss1/6.
Ureta, J.C., Clay, L., Motallebi, M., Ureta, J. (2020). Quantifying the Landscape’s Ecological Benefits—An Analysis of the Effect of Land Cover Change on Ecosystem Services. Land 2021, 10, 21. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10010021.
Ureta, JC., Vassalos, M., Motallebi, M., Baldwin, R. Ureta, J. (2020). Using Stakeholders' Preference on Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services for Strategic Conservation Planning. Heliyon Journal. Heliyon 6 (12) e05827. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05827.
Clay, L., Perkins, K., Motallebi, M., Plastina, A., Singh Farmaha, B. (2020). The Perceived Benefits, Challenges, and Environmental Effects of Cover Crop Implementation in South Carolina. Journal of Agriculture,10, 372; doi:10.3390/agriculture10090372.
Ureta, JC., Zurqani, H.A., Post, C., Ureta, J., Motallebi, M. (2020). Application of Nonhydraulic Delineation Method of Flood Hazard Areas Using LiDAR-Based Data. Geosciences 2020, 10, 338; doi:10.3390/geosciences10090338.
Clay, L. Perkins, K., Motallebi, M., Plastina, A., Farmaha, B.S. (2020). The Perceived Benefits, Challenges, and Environmental Effects of Cover Crop Implementation in South Carolina. Agriculture, 10(9), 372; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10090372.
Clay, L., Motallebi, M., Song, B. (2019). An Analysis of Common Forest Management Practices for Carbon Sequestration in South Carolina. Forests 10(11):949. DOI: 10.3390/f10110949.
Hawkins, B., Vassalos, M., Motallebi, M. (2019). Factors Influencing Consumers Familiarity with State Branded Programs: A Case Study for South Carolina. Journal of Food Distribution Research 50 (2). https://www.fdrsinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/JFDR_50.2_4_Vassalos.pdf.
Alhassan, M., Motallebi, M., Song, B. (2019). South Carolina forestland owners’ willingness to accept compensations for carbon sequestration. Forest Ecosystems 6 (1), 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40663-019-0175-1.
Alhassan, M., Motallebi, M. (2019). Evaluating Myopic Loss Aversion of Forestland Owners. Forests 10 (2), 91. https://doi.org/10.3390/f10020091.
Motallebi, M., Hoag, D., Tasdighi, A., Arabi, M., Osmond, D., Boone, R. (2018). Impact of Relative Demand for Ecosystem Services on stacking ecosystem credits. Ecosystem Services: 29, pp: 137-144.
Motallebi, M., Hoag, D., Tasdighi, A., Arabi, M., Osmond, D. (2017). An economic inquisition of water quality trading programs, with a case study of Jordan Lake, NC. Journal of Environmental Management: 193, pp: 483-490: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.02.039.
O'Connell, C.; Motallebi, M; Osmond, D.L.; Hoag, D. (2017). Trading on Risk: The moral logics and economic reasoning of North Carolina farmers in water quality trading markets. Economic Anthropology: 4(2),pp: 225-238. DOI: 10.1002/sea2.12090.
Hoag, D., Arabi, M., Osmond, D., Ribaudo, M., Motallebi, M., Tasdighi, A. (2017). Policy utopias for nutrient credit trading programs with non-point sources. Journal of the American Water Resource Association: 53(3), pp: 514-520. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12532.
Motallebi, M., O'Connell, C., Hoag, D., Osmond, D. (2016). Role of conservation adoption premiums on participation in water quality trading programs. Water Journal, 8 (245). doi:10.3390/w8060245