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Tom Tomich


Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

143 Robbins Hall, UC Davis
Office Phone: (530) 752-3915


Professor Tomich is founding director of theAgricultural SustainabilityInstitute and inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at UC Davis, where he teaches in the new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major.  He also directs the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP).

His research spans agriculture and farming systems, economic development, food policy, and natural resource management, including publications on Transforming Agrarian Economies: Opportunities Seized, Opportunities Missed (1995); Environmental Services and Land Use Change: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Research in Southeast Asia (2004); and Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing: A Manual for Assessment Practitioners (2010). His latest co-authored book, Is Nitrogen the Next Carbon?: Insights from the California Nitrogen Assessment, is forthcoming in early 2016.

Tom serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources (ARER) and the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (IJAS). He has served as ARER co-editor since January 2015.

He has worked in a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including significant periods in Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, and, since 2007, back in his home state of California. He worked for the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) from 1994-2006, where he was principal economist and global coordinator of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, an award-winning CGIAR program. Before that, he spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University.

Tom was raised on a small family farm growing nearly 100 different varieties of tree fruit in the Sacramento Valley. He received his bachelors in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and his PhD in agricultural economics from Stanford in 1984.   

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UC Davis
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(530) 752-3915