Thomas P Tomich, Ph.D

Thomas

Position Title
Distinguished Professor
Founder Food Systems Lab

  • UC Davis Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy
2120 Wickson Hall
Bio

Professor Tomich has 25+ years of leadership in sustainability science, integrated ecosystem assessment, international development, and food policy.  From rainforest conservation in the Amazon to economic development strategy in Tajikistan and his current role in food systems informatics, Tom brings global perspective and an innovative and pragmatic approach to sustainability.  Tom is co-editor of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, among the top environmental science journals.  He serves as an advisor to international organizations, governments, and companies, notably 10 years as a policy advisor with the Harvard Institute for International Development and 4 years as a member of the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the CGIAR. Raised on a small family farm in northern California, Tom received his BA from the University of California, Davis, and his PhD in agricultural and food system economics from Stanford. Tom spent most of his career abroad, including significant periods in Egypt, Indonesia and Kenya. Tom returned to California in 2007 and is distinguished professor of sustainability science and policy and the founder of the Food Systems Lab at the University of California, Davis.