Mario Teisl

Cooperating Professor, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Cooperating Professor, School of Policy and International Affairs

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


  • 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 217: Issues and Opportunities in Economics
  • ECO 450/550: International Environmental Economics and Policy
  • ECO 498: Senior Capstone


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. His research interests include environmental and health marketing and labeling, international environmental policy, and technology acceptance. 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.

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.

Selected Publications

Karen K. Bieluch, Kathleen P. Bell, Mario F. Teisl, Jessica Leahy, and Linda L. Silka. 2016. Transdisciplinary research partnerships in sustainability science: an examination of stakeholder participation preferences Sustainability Science 1-18, doi: 10.1007/s11625-016-0360-x

Michelle Johnson, Kathleen P.Bell and Mario F Teisl. 2016. Does imagining future land use changes affect citizen engagement with land use planning? Land Use Policy 57: 44-52

Mario F. Teisl, Amy M. Lando, Alan S. Levy and Caroline L. Noblet. 2016. Importance of cohorts in analyzing trends in safe at-home food-handling practices Food Control 62: 381-389

Mark W. Anderson, Mario Teisl and Caroline Noblet. 2016. Whose values count: Is a theory of social choice for sustainability science possible? Sustainability Science 11:373-83.

Stacia Dreyer, Mario F. Teisl and Shannon McCoy. 2015. Are acceptance, support, and the factors that affect them, different?  Examining perceptions of U.S. fuel economy standards Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 39: 65-75

Caroline L. Noblet, Mario F. Teisl, Keith Evans, Mark W. Anderson, Shannon K. McCoy and Ed Cervone. 2015. Public Preferences for Investments in Renewable Energy Production and Energy Efficiency. Energy Policy 87:177-186

Stacia Dreyer, Iian Walker, Shannon McCoy and Mario F. Teisl. 2015. Australians’ views on carbon pricing before and after the 2013 federal election Nature Climate Change doi:10.1038/nclimate2756 Published online 10 August 2015

Gilles Grolleau, Lisette Ibanez, Naoufel Mzoughi and Mario Teisl. 2015. Helping eco-labels to fulfill their promises Climate Policy

Caroline Noblet, Mark W. Anderson, and Mario Teisl. 2015. Thinking Past, Thinking Future: An Empirical Test of the Effects of Retrospective Assessment on Future Preferences Ecological Economics 114:180-187

Mark W. Anderson, Mario F. Teisl, Caroline Noblet and Sharon Klein. 2015. The Incompatibility of Benefit-Cost Analysis with Sustainability Science Sustainability Science 10:33–41.

Mario F. Teisl, Shannon McCoy, Sarah Marrinan, Teresa Johnson, Caroline L. Noblet, Robert Roper, Megan Wibberly and Sharon Klein. 2015. Will offshore energy face ‘fair winds and following seas’?: Understanding the factors influencing marine energy support Estuaries and Coasts 38(Suppl): S279-S286.

Timothy Waring, Mario F. Teisl, Eva Manandhar, and Mark Anderson, “On the Travel Emissions of Sustainability Science Research,” Sustainability 6 (2014): 2718-2735.

Brian Roe, Mario F. Teisl, and Corin Deans, “The Economics of Voluntary Versus Mandatory Labeling,” Annual Review of Resource Economics 6 (2014): 407-427.

James A. Marciano, Robert J. Lilieholm, Mario F. Teisl and Jessica Leahy. 2014. Factors affecting public support for forest-based biorefineries: A comparison of mill towns and the general public in Maine. Energy Policy 75 (December): 301–311.

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 23 (2014): 69-80.

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:

Mario F. Teisl, Caroline L. Noblet, Richard R. Corey and Nicholas A. Giudice. 2016. Using VR Technology to Assess Tourist Reactions to an Offshore Windfarm Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Annual Workshop, Bar Harbor, ME. June 22-23.

Dorina Grezda, Mario F. Teisl, and Caroline Noblet. 2016. Factors influencing environmental behaviors. Poster. 4th Maine Economics ConferenceBates College, ME. April 30.

Caroline L. Noblet, Amy Lando and Mario F. Teisl. 2015. What Are Health Care Providers Telling Pregnant Women About Fish Consumption, Listeria And Food Safety? Chapter 4 in Health Communication: Advocacy Strategies, Effectiveness and Emerging Challenges (R.M. Caron, Ed.) Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63483-464-3

Mario F. Teisl, Caroline L. Noblet, Sarah Marrinan, Travis Blackmer, Dorina Grezda and Nehat Dobratiqi. 2015. Internal and external motivators for environmentally sound waste management. Invited keynote presentation (webcast). Unitwin Network Seminar. University of Wisconsin. Madison Sept. 3-4. website:

Caroline L. Noblet and Mario F. Teisl. 2015. Eco-labelling as sustainable consumption policy Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption Edward Elgar

Mario Teisl. 2015. Maine’s Blue Economy Invited presenter/panelist – University of Maine’s Marine Science Solutions Initiative. Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Rockport Maine March 5-7.

Sherry Liu, Amy Lando, Mario Teisl, Alan Levy. 2014. Trends in Food Handling Risk Perceptions and their Association with Safe Food Handling Behaviors, 1998-2010 US Food & Drug Administration Conference. Washington DC

Kate A. Warner, Kristin E.D. Strock, Mario F. Teisl and Jasmine E. Saros. 2014. Ecological and Economic Vulnerability of Maine Drinking Water Resources to Increased Frequency of Extreme Storm Events. Poster Presentation. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Conference. Portland, Oregon, May 18-23.

Caroline L. Noblet, Sarah Newcomb, Anne Witick, Allyson Eslin, Mark Anderson, Mario Teisl, and Shannon McCoy. 2014. Adaptation and Sustainability Incentives. Presentation at the Maine Climate Adaptation and Sustainability Conference. Orono, Maine October 23.

Mario F. Teisl, Haley Engelberth, Andrew E. Smith, Eric Frohmberg, Kathleen P. Bell, Karyn Butts, Sue Stableford, and Chelsea Ogun. 2014. Improving Communication of Fish Advisories – Providing Benefit and Risk Information to Increase Consumer Knowledge. Invited Presentation. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Forum on Contaminants in Fish. Alexandria, Virginia September 22-24.

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.