Ph.D. Agricultural Economics University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991 M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (India), 1983 B.Sc. Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad (India), 1981.
My current research focusses on issues related to economics of coastal resource management, agroecology, human dimension issues of the South Florida environment, payment for environmental services, and spatial economics of natural resources. The common theme that spans my research works is the application of ecological-economics approach to environmental problem solving. This approach drastically departs from the conventional economic approach and attempts to integrate ecological and economic principles into a holistic decision-making framework, in order to promote a more sustainable resource management. I use quantitative modeling tools such as spatial-temporal optimal control models, game-theoretic models, and econometric tools to simulate the dynamic interactions between different ecological and economic sub-systems of a resource or problem under investigation. Such a modeling approach provides policy makers with more objective insights into the policy making process. To view my website click here.