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About Us - Associate Directors


The Center has created program areas, each led by an Associate Director. The background and expertise of the seven AIC Associate Directors are described below.

Julian M. Alston

Science and Technology

e-mail:julian@primal.ucdavis.edu alston
Julian M. Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the UC Davis. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis of agricultural markets and policies. Prior to beginning his current position in 1988, Alston was Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture in Victoria, Australia, where he had been employed in various capacities since 1975. His experience in public policy analysis and advice, and in administration of a large scientific organization has shaped Alston's research interests in the economic analysis of agricultural markets and public policies concerning agricultural incomes, prices, trade, and agricultural research and promotion. He is also director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics. Alston was raised on the family farm in northern Victoria, Australia. He has a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in 1974; a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from La Trobe University in 1978; and a PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University in 1984.

Colin A. Carter

International Trade
Colin A. Carter has been a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis for 12 years, after serving as a professor at the University of Manitoba. His research investigates problems related to agricultural policy and trade, with a focus on grain markets in the Pacific Rim. He has written extensively on state trading enterprises in grains. Carter has studied the internal grain economy in China and China's participation in the international market. From 1986-89, Carter held a fellowship in international food systems from the Kellogg Foundation. Along with scores of professional journal articles, chapters and reports, Carter has co-authored several books, the topics of which include China's grain markets, futures markets, and U.S. agricultural policy. Carter was raised on a grain farm in Alberta, Canada, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Alberta. His PhD in Agricultural Economics is from UC Berkeley in 1980.

Louise Jackson
Agroecology and Climate
e-mail: lejackson@ucdavis.edujackson
Louise Jackson is a Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California at Davis She is the John B. Orr Endowed Chair of Environmental Plant Sciences in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at UC Davis. Her lab-group (Jackson Soil and Root Ecology Lab) studies soil and root ecology in agricultural and grassland ecosystems and more broadly landscape-level ecology, e.g., comparison between soils and vegetation along land use gradients. She is an author of over 100 published studies in these areas. She has a strong interest the role of biodiversity in agricultural systems and the potential for working-landscapes to play a role in the restoration and conservation of native plants and animals. Dr. Jackson serves as co-chair of DIVERSITAS agroBIODIVERSITY Network Science Committee and is a board member of the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems. She is a fourth-generation native Californian and attended UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate studies. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington.
(Also see AIC Climate Change web page)

Karen M. Klonsky
Agricultural Environmental Management
e-mail: klonsky@primal.ucdavis.edu klonsky
Karen Klonsky has been a Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of California at Davis since 1981.  Her interest in alternative farming systems began with her dissertation work comparing alfalfa management systems with and without integrated pest management.  Since then she has done extensive research into the economic feasibility of alternative and organic farming practices for field crops, vegetables, and tree crops collaborating on a range of interdisciplinary research projects.  Her interest in organic agriculture led her to analyze the growth and structure of organic farm production in California over the last decade.
Since 1983 Dr. Klonsky has directed the development of cost and return studies for the major crops in California through UC Cooperative Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  The studies are distributed worldwide and are now available through the department web page. Klonsky serves as an editor for the Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  She has a PhD in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Keith Knapp
Resources and the Environment
Keith Knapp was born in Wichita, Kansas, and raised in Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. He received a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University in 1972. After two years of military service, his educational career resumed at Johns Hopkins University where he received a PhD from the College of Engineering in 1980, specializing in resource and environmental economics. He has been with UC Riverside since September of 1980. He is currently Professor of Resource Economics and Resource Economist in the Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside. Professor Knapp teaches four courses in resource and environmental economics at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has conducted research on irrigation management, salinity and drainage problems in the San Joaquin Valley, renewable resource management with an emphasis on groundwater, agricultural markets (grain reserves and perennial crops), and the implications of exhaustible resources for economic growth. Current research interests are generally the economics of natural resource use and environmental quality as related to irrigated agriculture with an emphasis on water management.

Scott D. Rozelle
China Programs
Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Rozelle received his BS from the University of California, Berkeley; and his MS and PhD from Cornell University. Before arriving at Stanford, Rozelle was a professor at the University of California, Davis (1998-2000) and an assistant professor in the Food Research Institute and Department of Economics at Stanford University (1990-98). Currently, he is a member of the American Economics Association, the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, the Asian Studies Association, and the Association of Comparative Economics. He also serves on the editorial board of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, China Journal, and the China Economic Review. Dr. Rozelle's research focuses almost exclusively on China and is concerned with three general themes: agricultural policy, including supply, demand and trade in agricultural projects; the emergence and evolution of markets and other economic institutions in the transition process and their implications for equity and efficiency; and the economics of poverty and inequality.



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