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Paul Hindsley, PhD

Chief Economist


Dr. Paul Hindsley serves as The Everglades Foundation’s Chief Economist, bringing extensive knowledge of environmental and natural resource economics, applied econometrics, benefit-cost analysis, and coastal resource management.

Paul began his career with the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, followed by roles at the NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science and Technology, and the Center for Natural Hazards Research at East Carolina University. More recently, he was Professor of Environmental Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, developing a program in coastal resources management.

In his research, Paul has applied coastal and marine resource economics to the South Atlantic Region and Gulf of Mexico and focused on economic methods to value coastal and marine ecosystems. He investigates how changes in the quality of coastal and marine resources influence economic consequences for property markets, recreational users, and tourists. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and his research has been supported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, as well as private foundations and businesses.

Paul earned a B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, a master’s degree in Applied and Resource Economics, and a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Coastal Resources Management program at East Carolina University.

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