Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS)
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Senthold Asseng

Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida

Senthold Asseng works on systems analysis to understand, compare and improve the productivity and sustainability of atmosphere-crop-soil systems changing over time, space and scales. He is a co-Leader of AgMIP-Wheat, an international team of wheat modellers and experimentalists as part of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, and the Principal Investigator of the South East Climate Consortium (SECC). He is the elected Chair of the Expert Working Group Wheat Plant and Crop Modeling of the international Wheat Initiative. Author of more than 150 refereed scientific articles. He received degrees in Agronomy and Crop Modeling (M.S, 1990 and PhD, 1994) from Humboldt University Berlin and (DSc, 2004) from Technical University Munich, Germany.

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Xiang Bi

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida

Xiang Bi works in the broad areas of environmental and resource economics, consumer economics and marketing, and development economics. Dr. Bi's recent work has focused on assessment of socioeconomic impacts of policies, tipping points of willingness to pay, and valuation of ecological benefits of natural resources and recreation in the context of sustainability.

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Mark Brown

Professor, Environmental Enginnering, University of Florida

Mark Brown is the Director of the Howard T. Odum Center for Wetlands and the Direcotr of the Center for Environmental Policy in the UF School of Engineering. His work centers on natural resource management including: systems ecology, ecological engineering, ecological economics, environmental planning, environmental policy, and wetlands ecology.

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Christa Court

Assistant Scientist, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Christa Court serves as the Assistant Director of the Economic Impact Analysis Program within the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida (UF). Her research program focuses on connections between human and natural systems and integrates environmental data and models with models of the economy. Her goal is to advance understanding and the body of knowledge across multiple disciplines and to enhance the information available to policymakers as they tackle complex societal issues, particularly those related to the food-energy-water nexus, waste management, pollution generation, climate change, and sustainable development. She has provided expertise on regional economic modeling for multiple interdisciplinary projects from a variety of funding agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council, and the Missouri Energy Initiative. Prior to joining UF, Christa Court spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Strathclyde and Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and spent four years as a contract economist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, where her work centered on modeling the economic impacts of energy technology transitions and incorporating data on water availability into energy-economy models. She also holds affiliate faculty positions with the UF Water Institute and with the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University.

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Johann Desaeger

Assistant Professor, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, University of Florida

Johann Desaeger studies the impacts of cover crops and management strategies (solarization, biofumigation) on the mitigation of damage to crops from plant parasitic nematodes. His research also aims to optimize current fumigant practices based on interactions with soil water and the development and assessment of novel and safer nematicides.


Derek Farnsworth

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

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Kelly Grogan

Associate Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Kelly Grogan researches bioeconomic modeling of agricultural risks and economic components of sustainable agriculture, including pest management, water use, and biological control, and adoption of and marketing of sustainable management practices.


Lisa House

Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Lisa House is an agricultural economist and Director of the Florida Agricultural Market Research Center at the University of Florida. Dr. House researches consumer preferences and demand for food products, with a focus on fruit and vegetable perception, seafood products demand, the role of social networks and acceptance of genetically modified foods. In addition, Dr. House has a distinguished record of teaching and advising awards.

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Andrew Kane

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental & Global Health, University of Florida

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Gregory Kiker

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Greg Kiker has over 25 years of experience with simulation modeling of coupled human-natural systems including household decision-making, savanna ecology, deforestation, crop production and livestock/wildlife dynamics. As an Associate Professor at the University of Florida, his current research projects include environmental modeling, agent-based platforms, decision support systems and practical linkages of risk analysis, adaptive management and multi-criteria decision analysis. Greg is a two–time Fulbright Scholar to South Africa (1992 and 2012) and received his PhD from Cornell University in 1998. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Kiker was a Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he conducted ecological and agro-hydrological modeling and climate change research. He has consulted widely in Africa and Latin America in the use of simulation models for ecosystem management, crop yield prediction, decision/risk analysis and climate change.


Kai Lorenzen

Professor, Integrative Fisheries Science, University of Florida

Kai Lorenzen uses integrative, trans-disciplinary approaches to analyze fisheries and aquaculture systems and enhance their productivity and sustainability. Best known for his work on fisheries enhancements (fisheries systems that combine attributes of capture fisheries and aquaculture) and on fish population dynamics, he has also published on aquatic resource use and conservation in agricultural landscapes, environmental management of aquaculture, fisheries governance, management of stakeholder conflicts, and the role of aquatic resource use in rural livelihoods. Lorenzen has worked extensively on freshwater systems in the Mekong and Amazon regions and more recently, coastal systems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining UF in 2010, Kai Lorenzen served for 13 years on the faculty of Imperial College London. In 2007-08 he held the William R and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in Fisheries Ecology at Florida State University.

He received his Ph.D. in Applied Population Biology from the University of London and his M.S degree in Biology with Mathematics from the Kiel University.

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Travis McArthur

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Travis McArthur researches smallholder agricultural production systems of Latin America, with a focus on firm heterogeneity and sectoral efficiency.

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Brandon McFadden

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department , University of Florida

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 Conner Mullally

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Conner Mullaly studies policy interventions related to agricultural production, with a focus on implications for developing countries.

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Rafael Muñoz-Carpena

Professor, Hydrology and Environmental Modeling, University of Florida

Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena is a professor at University of Florida (hydrology and environmental modeling), preceded by work at the Agricultural Research Institute of the Canary islands (irrigation hydrology and water quality in volcanic soils), Spain, and as senior visiting researcher at CEMAGREF (now IRSTEA) the Environmental Research Institute of the French Government (modelling shallow water table effects on vegetation buffers), Lyon, France. He earned a Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering specialized in water resources (hydrology and sediment transport in vegetation buffers) at North Carolina State University with a USDA/Fulbright doctoral scholarship, and MSc. And BSc. Agricultural Engineering degrees from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. His work focuses on integrated environmental systems modelling, including interactions between hydrological, ecological and human components. His computer model VFSMOD to study the effect of vegetative buffers as a surface runoff pollution control practice is widely used in long-term (higher-tier) pesticide environmental assessments as part of the regulatory registration process in the EU and USA.

He has over 110 refereed publications, has written two books, 11 book chapters and 250 other technical publications, and has completed research funded by NSF, DOI, DOE, USDA, and Bayer. He has received various University of Florida awards like the UF Research Foundation Professor and UF Water Institute Fellow, and 2 UF International Achievement Awards. His has been nationally recognized as recipient of 2015 ASABE ADS/Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, Fellow of ASABE, and the 2013 National Postodoctoral Association Mentor Award. In 2015 he was also elected as a Foreign Member (“Académico”) of the Royal Society of Engineering of Spain.

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Gulcan Onel

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Gulcan Onel's research focuses on price and demand analysis using time series and nonlinear econometrics, and the implications of immigration and immigration enforcement on agricultural labor supply.

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James Seale

Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

James Seale has a distinguished record in the area of international agricultural economics, including international trade and finance, economic growth, cross-country and import demand analysis, and applied econometrics, including impacts of food safety standards on small and mid sized farms, land allocation patterns among major crops, and global food consumption patterns.


Pilar Useche

Associate Professor, Food and Resource Economics and Center for Latin American Studies

Pilar Useche studies applied agricultural economics in the context of sustainable international development, with a focus on Latin America. Her current research centers on inequality and gender, innovation and technology adoption, and natural resource management implications.

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James Wilen

Professor, Natural Resource Economics, University of California, Davis

is a distinguished professor of Natural Resource Economics at UC Davis. He has wide ranging interests in the field, including bioeconomic modelling; spatial models of resource use; terrestrial and marine reserves; bioinvasions; dynamics of open access exploitation; micro foundations of entry-exit decisions; performance of natural resource asset markets; factor distortion in regulated common property industries; energy economics; biomass utilization; recreation economics; transferable quotas; economics of searching behavior; economics of aquaculture; natural resource damage analysis; agricultural pollution; fisheries labor markets; analysis of fisheries markets; technical change and productivity in resource industries; economics of cooperation; economic development/natural resources.

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