Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Management Named Dir. of Economic Analysis for NJDEP

Ben Witherell, an MSU Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Management, was recently named by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin to be the Director of Economic Analysis for NJDEP. 

Ben joins the NJDEP with 20 years of environmental experience, including 12 years as an environmental consultant where he managed site remediation projects as well as conducted public outreach training for non-point source pollution and storm water management.  He has also worked for the Delaware River Basin Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Resources Division, and was a Dean John A. Knauss Policy Fellow in the Office of U.S. Representative Barbara Boxer. 

Ben will lead the Department’s efforts to incorporate economic cost/benefit analysis as a core component of all agency rulemaking and in other functional areas.  Ben says he looks forward to, “fulfilling the Commissioner’s vision to integrate thorough and informed environmental economic analysis with the implementation of environmental policy.”  Ben received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Tufts University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Ben will be working at the NJDEP’s headquarters at 401 E. State Street in Trenton, New Jersey, and can be reached at