Jesse Gourevitch, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Wharton Risk Center

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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Jesse Gourevitch is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. His research aims to understand the relationships among climate and land use change, ecological and hydrological processes, and economic and human health outcomes. Underlying this work is a broad interest in how the impacts of climate and land use change are distributed among different demographic and socioeconomic groups, and in turn, how public policy can achieve more equitable outcomes. Currently Jesse’s research examines the impacts of increasing flood risk on coastal housing markets and the effectiveness of the Community Rating System in reducing flood damages.
Prior to joining the Wharton Risk Center, Jesse earned his PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. For his dissertation, Jesse focused on evaluating fluvial flood risk under a range of land use and climate change scenarios and assessing nutrient reduction policies designed to improve water quality in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Basin. Jesse also holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Carleton College.

Gourevitch, J., R. Diehl, B. Wemple, and T. Ricketts. (In Review) Distribution of flood risk under floodplain restoration and climate change scenarios. People and Nature.

Kanter, D., C. Wagner-Riddle, P. Groffman, J. Baron, J. Compton, E. Davidson, J. Galloway, J. Gourevitch, B. Keeler, S. Ogle, H. Pearen, K. Rennert, M. Saifuddin, D. Sobota, G. Wagner, and H. van Grinsven. (In Review) Improving the social cost of nitrous oxide. Nature Climate Change.

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

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

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

Mandle, L., A. Shields-Estrada, R. Chaplin-Kramer, M. Mitchell, L. Bremer, J. Gourevitch, P. Hawthorne, J. Johnson, B. Robinson, J. Smith, L. Sonter, G. Verutes, A. Vogl, G. Daily, and T. Ricketts (2020) Increasing decision relevance of ecosystem service science. Nature Sustainability 4.

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

Gould, R. K., T. Ricketts, R. Howarth, S. Telle, T. Gladkikh, S. Posner, J. Gourevitch, and Y. Yoshida (2020) How ecosystem service research can advance ecological economics principles. Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics.

Singh, N., J. Gourevitch, B. Wemple, K. Watson, D. Rizzo, S. Polasky, and T. Ricketts (2019) Optimizing wetland restoration to minimize phosphorus loading at a regional scale. Environmental Research Letters 14.

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

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

Gourevitch, J., B. Keeler, and T. Ricketts (2018) Determining socially optimal rates of nitrogen fertilizer application. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 254.

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

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

Keeler, B., J. Gourevitch, S. Polasky, F. Isbell, C. Tessum, J. Hill, and J. Marshall (2016) The social cost of nitrogen. Science Advances 2.

Johnson, K., B. Dalzell, M. Donahue, J. Gourevitch, D. Johnson, G. Karlovits, B. Keeler, and J. Smith (2016) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Iowa, USA provide ecosystem service benefits that exceed land rental costs. Ecosystem Services 18.