Profile of Dr. Matthew Hurteau

Department of BiologyMatthew Hurteau
167 Castetter Hall
MSC03 2020
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87121-0001
(505) 277-0863

Current position: Assistant Professor of Biology

Matthew Hurteau’s research is at the nexus of ecology, economics, and policy on issues pertaining to climate change mitigation and adaptation in forest systems. He has examined the role of ecology in informing carbon accounting policy, and has developed metrics for quantifying the risk associated with sequestering carbon in fire-prone forests and valuing impermanent carbon offsets as a function of their ability to reduce compliance costs in a cap-and-trade framework. His research on the risk of forest carbon loss due to wildfire has been covered by a number of media outlets including National Public Radio, the Guardian, and ClimateWire. Hurteau is currently leading two projects to quantify the carbon trade-offs associated with different forest management practices.

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