Richard B. Howarth

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Environmental Studies

  • PhD Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Society

  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Economics

Rich Howarth is an environmental and ecological economist who studies the interplay between economic analysis and the ecological, moral, and social dimensions of environmental governance. His topical interests focus on the valuation and management of ecosystem services; theories of discounting and intergenerational justice; climate stabilization policy; post-carbon energy futures; the ethical foundations of voluntary pro-environmental behaviors; and the relationship between economic growth, environmental quality, and human well-being as mediated by endogenous social norms.


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Environmental Studies


  • A.B. Cornell University, 1985
  • M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1990

Selected Publications

  • G. Mavrommati, M.E. Borsuk, and R.B. Howarth. 2017. “A Novel Deliberative Multicriteria Evaluation Approach to Ecosystem Service Valuation.” Ecology and Society 22: 39.

  • D.A. Lutz, E.A. Burakowski, M.B. Murphy, M.E. Borsuk, R.M. Niemiec, and R.B. Howarth. 2016. “Tradeoffs between Three Forest Ecosystem Services across the State of New Hampshire, USA: Timber, Carbon, and Albedo.” Ecological Applications 26: 146-161.

  • D.A. Lutz and R.B. Howarth. 2015. “The Price of Snow: Albedo Valuation and a Case Study for Forest Management.” Environmental Research Letters 10: 064013.

  • R.B. Howarth, M.D. Gerst, and M.E. Borsuk. 2014. “Risk Mitigation and the Social Cost of Carbon.” Global Environmental Change 24: 123-131.

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