DAVID ZILBERMAN is a Professor, Extension specialist and holder of the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. His areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental economics and policy, water, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and is the 2018-19 President of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is a member of the USA National Academy of Sciences ,elected in 2019; a Fellow of the AAEA, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Honorary Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Among his awards is the 2005 and 2010 AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award and the UNESCO International Cannes Prize for Water and the Economy (2000). He has published more than 350 refereed articles in Journals ranging from Science to ARE-Update and has edited 20 books. He has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank and FAO. He is the founding Academic Director of the Masters Development Practice program at UC Berkeley, and the Founding co director of the Bearhs ELP. He is also one of the Founders of the International Consortium of Applied Bio-economy Research (ICABR). David served as the chair of his department and director of the Giannini Foundation, and is a coeditor of ARE UPDATE and Annual Review of Resource Economics.

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David Zilberman's research combines, theory, empirical work, and outreach. His research mostly addresses either management or policy problems in the nexus of agriculture, natural resources, and the environment. He has been involved in major policy debates, including the transition to water markets, regulation and use of pesticides, and biotechnology and biofuel policies. Zilberman's research incorporates features of agronomic and biophysical systems into economic models. His work emphasizes heterogeneity of people and location, as well as dynamics and risk. His major research areas has investigated the role of incentives, policies and marketing in affecting the technology diffusion and adoption, the economics of innovation and technology transfer from universities to the private sector, the economics of water technologies and the factors that affect water conservation, as well as the design of water policy, the efficiency and environmental effect of pesticide use, the design of payment for ecosystem services program, the impact and regulation of agricultural biotechnology, the economics of biofuel, and the economics and design of supply chain.

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Section 64: Human Environmental Sciences