James N. Sanchirico

University Fellow

James N. Sanchirico is a university fellow at Resources for the Future and professor of natural resource economics and policy in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California Davis. His main research interests are the economic analysis of policy design, implementation, and evaluation for marine resources and terrestrial species conservation. He received the Rosenstiel Award for Oceanographic Sciences in 2012, the UC Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2014, and the Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2023. He is currently Co-Editor at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, member of the U.S. National Academies of Science Ocean Studies Board, member of the U.S. National Academies Standing Committee on Offshore Wind Energy and Fisheries, and principal investigator on the NSF-funded Sustainable Oceans National Research Training program for graduate students in marine and coastal policy at UC Davis.


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

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