Thomas W. Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prof. Hertel’s research and teaching focusses on international trade, food and environmental security. He is a Fellow, and a Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP). Professor Hertel is the inaugural recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. He has also received a number of AAEA awards including, Outstanding Graduate Teacher, Publication of Enduring Quality, Distinguished Policy Contribution, Outstanding Journal Article and Quality of Communication. His research as also been recognized by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (Best Journal Article) and the Ecological Society of America (Sustainability Science Award).
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity
A new paper in Trends in Ecology & Evolution looks at how we can manage the resources of our planet in such a way that we produce enough healthy food without destroying our life-support system. A comprehensive analytical framework is provided that accounts for multitrophic biodiversity-production processes; bridges disciplinary boundaries between agronomy, agroecology, economics, and conservation science; and elucidates the strong interactions of ecosystem functioning with food security and malnutrition. A helpful animation is also available.
As the Trump administration slashes federal estimates of the future costs of climate change, new research by GLP Member Thomas Hertel and colleagues suggests that even the much higher cost calculated by the Obama administration might be too low.