Assistant Professor, TexaS a&m aGRIlIFE rESEARCH

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Areas of Expertise

Resource and environmental economics, water economics, rangeland economics, energy economics, applied microeconomics.


Dr. Torell specializes in environmental and natural resource economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from New Mexico State University, and  recently received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso, his research has included work in the evaluation of renewable sources of electricity, issues of transmission congestion in the electricity sector, analysis of greenhouse gas policy in the electricity sector, the valuation of ecosystem services on rangelands, and water sharing institutions in Afghanistan. During his time at the University of Wyoming, he received the Attilio and Hedy Bedont Outstanding Graduate Student Award, as well as the Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year Award for outstanding teaching.

Grant-funded Research Links

Diversifying the Water Portfolio for Agriculture in the Rio Grande Basin

Selected Writings

Stevens, RB, Torell, GL, (2018), Exceptional Drought and Unconventional Energy Production, Sustainability, 10(4), 1218

Torell, LA, McDaniel, KC, Brown, JR, Torell, GL, (2017) Broom Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sorothrae) Population Change in Central New Mexico: Implications for Management and ControlRangeland Ecology and Management, 71(2), p. 228-238.

Godby, R, Torell, GL, Coupal, R, (2014) Estimating the value of additional wind and transmission capacity in the rocky mountain west, Resource and Energy Economics, 36 (1), p. 22-48.

Torell, LA, Torell, GL, Skaggs, RK, (2014) Incorporating Ecosystem Services Into Economic Assessments of Restoration Projects, Rangelands, 36 (2) p. 45-51. 

Torell, LA, Torell, GL, Tanaka, JA, Rimby NR, (2013) The Potential of Valuing Rangeland Ecosystem Services on Public Rangelands, Western Economics Forum, 12 (1), p. 40-46.

Torell, GL, Ward, FA, (2010) Improved Water Institutions for Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in Afghanistan's Balkh River Basin, Int. J. of Water Resources Development, 26 (4), p. 613-637