Introducing New Faculty

In recent times ISER has broadened its research capacity in economics and public policy by adding three new faculty members. Below are brief introductions.

Diwakar Vadapalli is an assistant professor of public policy at ISER. His PhD in social welfare is from Case Western University. Before coming to ISER he worked as a community planner and local government specialist in rural Alaska. His current work at ISER includes identifying factors that influence the sustainability of wind-diesel systems in rural Alaska and assessing the effects of development on communities, wildlife, and habitats. He is also working to establish a repository of data at ISER on well-being among Alaskans. You can get in touch with Dr. Vadapalli at

Mouhcine Guettabi is an assistant professor of economics at ISER, with a PhD in economics from Oklahoma State University. His fields of specialization are regional and urban economics, applied microeconomics, and health economics; he has, for example, studied the effects of various economic factors on obesity among Americans. At ISER his recent work includes co-writing studies of the economic costs to Alaska of higher fuel prices and of the economic importance of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. His current work includes assessing the needs of Alaska veterans and updating ISER’s economic forecasting model for Alaska. If you have questions, you can get in touch with Dr. Guettabi at

Matt Reimer holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Davis. He is an assistant professor of economics at ISER, with interests in environmental and resource economics, focusing on fisheries policy. His recent work explores the effects of changes in management institutions on fishing behavior. In particular, Dr. Reimer shows how fishermen in the Bering Sea groundfish fishery reduced their bycatch of halibut when a new management policy gave them an incentive to change when and where they fished. From that work, he and his co-researchers concluded more broadly that even without changes in fishing gear, fishermen can reduce bycatch if changes in management provide them enough incentive. For more information about Dr. Reimer’s work, go to:

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