||Maria Dolores Espino, Ph.D.
School of Business
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, Fl 33054
Phone: (305) 628-6791
Ph.D., Florida State University
M.S., Florida State University
B.S., Florida State University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
The tourism industry within the Cuban economy
The evaluation of Environnmental Policies
Maria Dolores Espino is Professor of Economics in the School of Business at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fl. She received a Ph.D. in Economics at Florida State University, in 1986 with fields of specializations in International Trade and Finance and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Her dissertation dealt with the economic impact of tourism on Florida’s economy. She has written a number of articles.
From 1985 to 1994 Dr. Espino was Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida International University in Miami. In the fall of 1994, she received a Fullbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. At the conclusion of the Fulbright she stayed on the Universidad of the Andes with a joint appointment in the Economic Faculty and the Center for International Studies.
Throughout her career, Dr. Espino has maintained an active involvement in the community, serving on the boards of a number of community and non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the board of Citizens for a Better South Florida, a non-advocacy environmental education non-profit organization whose main purpose is increase environmental awareness among South Florida’s minority communities. In 1994, Dr. Espino was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve as member of The Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida. The Governor’s Commission was given the task of recommending strategies to ensure a sustainable South Florida economy that could co-exist with a healthy Everglades ecosystem. Members of the Commission included key stakeholders impact by the Everglade restoration. Dr. Espino served in the Commission until its dissolution in August of 1999. She chaired the Commission’s Full Cost Accounting Sub- Committee.
In December of 2003 she was appointed by the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Taskforce to serve on the Combine Structural and Operating Plan (CSOP) Advisory Team. The Combined Structural and Operating Plan (CSOP) Advisory Team was chartered in October 2003 to assist the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (Task Force) in providing recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during key phases in the development of the CSOP. The CSOP is the combined operating schedule for two critical Everglades restoration projects, the Modified Water Deliveries project and the C-111 project. Dr. Espino served as Chair of Advisory team from, from March 2005 until its work was completed in May 2006. She currently serves on the Social and Economic Development Council ( SEDC) for Miami-Dade County to which she was appointed by the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners in March of 2007.
Dr. Espino has been teaching at Saint Thomas University since 1999.