UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Ph.D. Alumni Roheim and Anderson Named Fellows of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET)

Nov. 28, 2018

Two alumni of UC Davis’ Agricultural and Resource Economics graduate program were honored at the recent 2018 biennial conference of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) in Seattle. Professors Cathy A. Roheim and James L. Anderson were chosen to receive the prestigious Fellows award from IIFET, the main international professional association for fisheries economists. Roheim is professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and senior associate dean at the University of Idaho, and Anderson is professor of Food and Resource Economics and director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at the University of Florida.

Professor Roheim was honored for her early work using demand systems to examine costs and benefits of fisheries and aquaculture certification and eco-labeling. Her theoretical work examines how willingness to pay for sustainability is transmitted through the supply chain, and she pioneered early stated preference survey work on seafood labeling. She also was among the first to use survey methods to examine how consumers assess health risks and benefits when making seafood purchases. Professor Roheim was feted for the breadth of a career that includes teaching and mentorship of students, editor’s service on the main fisheries journal (Marine Resource Economics) and agricultural economics journals, stints on the Executive Committee and as president for IIFET, and outreach and service on the Marine Stewardship Council, FAO, the World Bank, and other international seafood trade and certification institutions.

Professor Anderson is among the world’s foremost experts on the economics of aquaculture and seafood trade. He was honored for a highly diverse set of career contributions spanning research, teaching and mentoring, and service and outreach. His early research includes path-breaking bioeconomic analysis that accurately predicted the ways in which aquaculture would interact with natural fisheries biologically and in the market. He was the first to use conjoint analysis to understand how wholesalers’ willingness to pay for wild-caught and aquacultured fish depends upon various attributes. His work is characterized by sophisticated theoretical, econometric, and numerical methods informed by deep understanding of the context within which economic players interact. Professor Anderson has been a leader in a range of academic, governmental, industry, and NGO entities, as well as serving as editor of Marine Resource Economics, department chair at the University of Rhode Island, and leader of the World Bank’s fisheries and aquaculture program and the ISFS at Florida.

For additional information, see http://www.iifet2018.org/fellows


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