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May 24, 2007

Dr. Thomas Tomich, WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems and Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis; and Director, University of California ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, 5-24-07


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Dr. Thomas P. Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the new Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and Professor of Community Development, Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. He also serves as Director of the UC ANR statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Dr. Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aiming to raise productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services.

Previously, Dr. Tomich 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. He received his B.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1979 and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Food Research from Stanford University.

As part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute provides leadership for research, teaching and outreach and extension efforts in agricultural sustainability at the Davis Campus and throughout the University of California system. Current activities include recruitment for eight faculty positions affiliated with the Institute, development of undergraduate and graduate curricula related to agricultural sustainability, and strategic planning for the institute to guide future initiatives and fundraising for research and outreach activities in agricultural sustainability.

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