About Jesse Gourevitch

Jesse Gourevitch

High Meadows Post-Doctoral Economics Fellow


Areas of expertise:

Climate adaptation, ecosystem services, environmental economics, environmental justice, flood risk management and housing markets


Jesse Gourevitch is a postdoctoral fellow in the Economics Team at EDF. His research examines the economic impacts of climate change on households and communities across the United States, and in turn, how property owners, private companies, and public institutions are responding to these growing risks. Underlying this work is a broad interest in how environmental impacts are distributed among demographic and socioeconomic groups. To this end, Jesse’s research also aims to support state and federal policymakers in developing more equitable and efficient climate adaptation strategies.


Prior to joining EDF, Jesse completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. There, his research focused on how US housing markets are responding to increasing flood risk under climate change and the effectiveness of federal programs designed to reduce flood damages. Jesse earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2021. During his PhD, Jesse served on the board of trustees for the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and worked as a consultant for the World Bank.


Carleton College, B.A. in Environmental Studies, 2014

University of Vermont, Ph.D. in Natural Resources, 2021


Gourevitch, J.D., Pinter, N. (In review) Federal incentives for community-level climate adaptation: An evaluation of FEMA’s Community Rating System. Environmental Research Letters.

Gourevitch, J.D., Kousky, C., Liao, Y., Nolte, C., Pollack, A.B., Porter, J.R., Weill, J.A. (2023) Unpriced climate risk and the potential consequences of overvaluation in US housing markets. Nature Climate Change.

Gourevitch, J.D., Diehl, R.M., Wemple, B.C., Ricketts, T.H. (2022) Inequities in the distribution of flood risk under floodplain restoration and climate change scenarios. People and Nature 4, 415-427.

Gourevitch, J.D., Alonso-Rodríguez, A.M., Aristizábal, N., de Wit, L.A., Kinnebrew, E., Littlefield, C.E., Moore, M., Nicholson, C.C., Schwartz, A.J., Ricketts, T.H. (2021) Projected losses of ecosystem services in the US disproportionately affect non-white and lower-income populations. Nature communications 12, 1-9.

Gourevitch, J.D., Koliba, C., Rizzo, D.M., Zia, A., Ricketts, T.H. (2021) Quantifying the social benefits and costs of reducing phosphorus pollution under climate change. Journal of Environmental Management 293, 112838.

Diehl, R.M., Gourevitch, J.D., Drago, S., Wemple, B.C. (2021) Improving flood hazard datasets using a low-complexity, probabilistic floodplain mapping approach. PloS One 16, e0248683.

Mandle, L., Shields-Estrada, A., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Mitchell, M.G., Bremer, L.L., Gourevitch, J.D., Hawthorne, P., Johnson, J.A., Robinson, B.E., Smith, J.R. (2021) Increasing decision relevance of ecosystem service science. Nature Sustainability 4, 161-169.

Kanter, D.R., Wagner-Riddle, C., Groffman, P.M., Davidson, E.A., Galloway, J.N., Gourevitch, J.D., van Grinsven, H.J., Houlton, B.Z., Keeler, B.L., Ogle, S.M. (2021) Improving the social cost of nitrous oxide. Nature Climate Change 11, 1008-1010.

Gourevitch, J.D., Singh, N.K., Minot, J., Raub, K.B., Rizzo, D.M., Wemple, B.C., Ricketts, T.H. (2020) Spatial targeting of floodplain restoration to equitably mitigate flood risk. Global Environmental Change 61, 102050.

Keeler, B.L., Dalzell, B.J., Gourevitch, J.D., Hawthorne, P.L., Johnson, K.A., Noe, R.R. (2019) Putting people on the map improves the prioritization of ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17, 151-156.

Gourevitch, J.D., Keeler, B.L., Ricketts, T.H. (2018) Determining socially optimal rates of nitrogen fertilizer application. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 254, 292-299.

Singh, N.K., Gourevitch, J.D., Wemple, B.C., Watson, K.B., Rizzo, D.M., Polasky, S., Ricketts, T.H. (2019) Optimizing wetland restoration to improve water quality at a regional scale. Environmental Research Letters 14, 064006.

Thom, D., Golivets, M., Edling, L., Meigs, G.W., Gourevitch, J.D., Sonter, L.J., Galford, G.L., Keeton, W.S. (2019) The climate sensitivity of carbon, timber, and species richness covaries with forest age in boreal–temperate North America. Global Change Biology 25, 2446-2458.

Sonter, L.J., Gourevitch, J., Koh, I., Nicholson, C.C., Richardson, L.L., Schwartz, A.J., Singh, N.K., Watson, K.B., Maron, M., Ricketts, T.H. (2018) Biodiversity offsets may miss opportunities to mitigate impacts on ecosystem services. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16, 143-148.

Gourevitch, J.D., Hawthorne, P.L., Keeler, B.L., Beatty, C.R., Greve, M., Verdone, M.A. (2016) Optimizing investments in national-scale forest landscape restoration in Uganda to maximize multiple benefits. Environmental Research Letters 11, 114027.

Keeler, B.L., Gourevitch, J.D., Polasky, S., Isbell, F., Tessum, C.W., Hill, J.D., Marshall, J.D. (2016) The social costs of nitrogen. Science Advances 2, e1600219.

Johnson, K.A., Dalzell, B.J., Donahue, M., Gourevitch, J., Johnson, D.L., Karlovits, G.S., Keeler, B., Smith, J.T. (2016) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands provide ecosystem service benefits that exceed land rental payment costs. Ecosystem Services 18, 175-185.