James N. Sanchirico

University Fellow

James N. Sanchirico is a professor of natural resource economics in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and Associate Director of the Coastal and Marine Science Institute at UC Davis.

His main research interests are the economic analysis of policy design, implementation, and evaluation for marine and terrestrial species conservation, and the development of economic-ecological models for forecasting the effects of resource management policies. He received the Rosenstiel Award for Oceanographic Sciences in 2012, which honors scientists who, in the past decade, have made significant and growing impacts in their field, the UC Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2014, and the 2010 and 2000 Quality of Research Discovery Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

He is currently Co-Editor at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, principal investigator on the NSF-funded Sustainable Oceans National Research Training program at UC Davis, member of the National Academies of Science Ocean Studies Board, ad-hoc member of Northwest Power and Conservation Council Independent Science Advisory Board, and chair of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Social Science Task Force.

Past professional service includes the Lenfest Fishery Ecosystem Task Force, a National Research Council (NRC) committee evaluating the effectiveness of stock rebuilding plans of the 2006 Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization, an NRC committee to review the US Ocean Acidification Research Plan, an NRC committee to review the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) Research Priorities Plan, and six years on NOAA's Science Advisory Board.


  • PhD in agricultural and resource economics, University of California at Davis, 1998.
  • BA in economics and mathematics, Boston University, 1991.

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