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Faculty Experts Guide - Mario Teisl, Ph.D.


Office Address:
Winslow Hall, Room 207

Mailing Address:
School of Economics
5782 Winslow Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5782

Contact Information
Phone: 207/581-3162

Media Expertise:
Labeling Policy
Food Policy
Natural Resource Economics
Climate Adaptation

Research Interests
Information Policy
Environmental and Health Marketing/Labeling
Valuation Economics
International Environmental Policy
Technology Acceptance

SSI Project
Knowledge to Action

University of Maryland, Ph.D. (Agricultural and Resource Economics)

University of Maine, M.S. (Agricultural and Resource Economics)

Marietta College, B.S. (Geology and Biology)


ECO 117: Issues and Opportunities in Economics

INT 105: Environmental Policy

ECO 515: Advanced Microeconomic Theory

ECO 550: International Environmental Economics and Policy

ECO 597: Independent Study in Resource Economics

INT 598: IGERT Collaborative Immersion Project

Professor of Resource Economics and Policy, School of Economics, University of Maine

Cooperating Professor in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and Policy and International Affairs

Researcher and Research Council Member, Sustainability Solutions Initiative


Mario Teisl is a faculty member with both the School of Economics and the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine. He is also a co-leader of the SSI Knowledge to Action team. His research interests include environmental and health marketing and labeling, international environmental policy, and technology acceptance. In his time at the University of Maine Teisl has won several awards including the Graduate Dean’s Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service to Graduate Studies and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. 

As part of the SSI Knowledge to Action team, Teisl is involved with investigations that look at ways to build partnerships between Maine’s academic institutions and diverse stakeholders in order to better solve sustainability challenges throughout the state. The team expects their findings to shed light on the most effective ways to improve collaboration between the state’s academic institutions and communities in order to produce knowledge that community leaders, policy makers, and citizens can use to solve urgent sustainability challenges. In addition, this research will advance the field of sustainability science by developing a model of Knowledge to Action processes that can be used and adapted in other settings.

Teisl has been an active reviewer, or on editorial boards, for several journals and granting agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and an editor of several books including Labeling Strategies in Environmental Policy. Research funding for Teisl’s work has come from, among others, the National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways, Maine Center for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation and Maine EPSCoR, and New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries. His research has been published in several journals including Land Economics, Maine Policy Review, Science of the Total Environment, and Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Selected Publications

Mario F. Teisl, Shannon McCoy, Sarah Marrinan, Teresa Johnson, Caroline L. Noblet, Robert Roper, Megan Wibberly, and Sharon Wagner, “Will Offshore Energy Face ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’? Understanding the Factors Influencing Marine Energy Support,” Estuaries and Coasts, forthcoming.

Caroline L. Noblet, John Thøgersen, and Mario F. Teisl, “Who Attempts to Drive Less in New England?” Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, forthcoming.

Haley Engelberth, Mario F. Teisl, Eric Frohmberg, Karyn Butts, Kathleen P. Bell, Sue Stableford, and Andrew E. Smith, “Can Fish Consumption Advisories Do Better? Providing Benefit and Risk Information to Increase Knowledge,” Environmental Research 126 (2013): 232-239.  

Douadia Bougherara, Sandrine Costa, and Mario Teisl, “Making or Buying Environmental Public Goods: Do Consumers Care?” Land Economics 89, no. 4 (2013): 767-781.

Kathleen P. Bell, Laura Lindenfeld, Ann E. Speers, Mario F. Teisl, and Jessica E. Leahy, “Creating Opportunities for Improving Lake-Focused Stakeholder Engagement: Knowledge-Action Systems, Pro-Environment Behavior, and Sustainable Lake Management,” Lakes and Reservoirs: Research & Management 18, no. 1 (2013): 5-14.

Caroline Noblet, Mark Anderson, and Mario F. Teisl, “An Empirical Test of Anchoring the NEP Scale in Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Education Research 119, no. 4 (2013): 540-551.

Caroline L. Noblet, Mario F. Teisl, Katherine H. Farrow, and Jonathan Rubin, “Biofuels Development in Maine: Using Trees to Oil the Wheels of Sustainability,” Maine Policy Review 21, no. 2 (2012): 56-65.

Mark W. Anderson, Mario Teisl, and Caroline Noblet, “Retrospective Assessment to Learn Prospective Stakeholder Engagement: Toward Finding a Voice for the Future in Sustainability Science,” Ecological Economics 84 (2012): 1-6.

Mark W. Anderson, Caroline Noblet, and Mario Teisl, “Our Environment: A Glimpse at What Mainers Value,” Maine Policy Review 21, no. 1 (2012): 104-109.

Caroline Noblet, Kathleen Bell, Charlie Colgan, and Mario F. Teisl, “Economic Development and Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative,” Maine Policy Review 21, no. 1 (2012): 128-135.

Shyamani Siriwardena, Gary Hunt, Mario Teisl, and Caroline Noblet, “Effectiveness of Eco-Marketing on Green Car Purchase Behavior in Maine: A Nested-Logit Model Approach,” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environmental 17, no. 2 (2012): 237-242.

Mario F. Teisl, Eric Fromberg, Andrew E. Smith, Kevin J. Boyle, and Haley Engelberth, “Awake at the Switch: Measuring the Impact of Maine’s Fish Consumption Advisory for At-Risk Women,” Science of the Total Environment 409 (2011): 3257-3266.

Mario Teisl, Mark W. Anderson, Caroline Noblet, George K. Criner, and Jonathan Rubin, “Are Environmental Professors Unbalanced? Evidence from the Field,” Journal of Environmental Education 42, no. 2 (2011): 67-83.

Presentations, Chapters, and Encyclopedia Articles:

Linda Silka, Mario Teisl, and James Settele. “Place-Based Approaches to Engagement: Can Universities Be Local and Global?” in Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice, eds. W.J. Jacob, S.E. Sutin, J.C. Weidman, and J.L. Yeager (University of Pittsburgh, Institute for International Studies in Education) in review.

Mark Anderson and Mario F. Teisl. “Values,” in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 10: The Future of Sustainability, eds. K. Bosselmann, D. Fogel, and J.B. Ruhl (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2012), 212–218.

Katherine Farrow, Mario F. Teisl, Caroline L. Noblet, Shannon McCoy, and Jonathan Rubin. “Does Money Grow on Trees? People’s Willingness to Pay for Cellulosic Wood Ethanol,” in Biofuel/Book 1 (InTech Publishing, 2011), Chapter 12: 241–256. Available at: willingness-to-pay-for-cellulosic-wood-ethanol

Mario F. Teisl. “Environmental Concerns in Food Consumption,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy, eds. J.L. Lusk, J. Roosen, and J.E. Shogren (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), Chapter 35: 843–868.

Mario F. Teisl. “Ecolabeling,” in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability, eds. K. Bosselmann, D. Fogel, and J.B. Ruhl (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2011), 130–134.  

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