Past Recipients

2012 Recipient

James N. Sanchirico — Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis and Nonresident Fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington DC

James Sanchirico

James N. Sanchirico received his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Davis. After working nine years in Washington D.C. as a Fellow and then a Senior Fellow with Resources for the Future (an independent, non-profit environmental policy think-tank), he returned to UC Davis as an Associate Professor in the Department of environmental Science and Policy.

His main research interests include the economic analysis of policy design and implementation for marine and terrestrial species conservation, the development of economic-ecological models for forecasting the effects of resource management policies, and the control and prevention of invasive species.

He communicates his research in economic and natural science peer-reviewed journals, including Science, U.S. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research has also been covered in the Scientific American, Wall Street Journal, Science News, National Public Radio Science Fridays, The Economist, Providence Journal, and Greenwire News Service. In 2008, he testified before the Subcommittee for Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the economic benefits of catch share programs for U.S. commercial fisheries.

In addition to serving on NOAA’s Science Advisory Board, he is a member of the Science and Technical Panel Expert Committee, U.N. Global Environmental Facility, the editorial councils at the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecology Letters, and the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a past associate editor at Marine Resource Economics. He recently served on the National Research Council’s committee to review the U.S. Ocean Research Priorities Plan.

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