UF-CTA Affiliated Faculty:


Edward ‘Gilly’ Evans

Title and department: Assistant Profressor, Food and Resource Economics Department

Address: Tropical Research and Education Center
18905 S.W. 280 Street
Homestead, FL 33031-3314

Phone: 305-246-7001 x.272
E-mail: eaevans@ufl.edu
Homepage:  http://agecon-trec.ifas.ufl.edu/

Education:

Institution

Field of Study

Degree

Year

University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics

PhD

1999

University of West Indies

Agricultural Economics

MS

1982

University of West Indies

Agriculture

BS

1979

 

Research Interests

My research emphasizes applied agricultural trade policy analysis and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Aspects of my work include generating knowledge to conserve and improve water quality at the watershed level, development of economically viable preventative integrated pest management vegetable production systems. I have also investigated the economics of managing invasive species in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the U.S. and the potential economic and trade impacts of selected invasive pests and diseases. I was instrumental in formulation of a Caribbean Region Invasives Species Intervention Strategy for the wider Caribbean. My research grants (PI or Co-PI) to date is in excess of US$ 1 million.

5 most significant publications

Alamo, C., E.A. Evans, and A. Brugueras. 2007. Economic Impact and Trade Implications of the Introduction of Black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis) to Puerto Rico. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (in press)
Ranjan, R., and E.A. Evans. 2007 Private Responses to Public Incentives for Invasive Species Management. Farm and Business, The Journal of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society (in press).
Evans, E. A. 2006. Discussion of Bio-security, Diseases, and Invasive Species: Implications of Bioterrorism for Agriculture. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 38(2):283-285.
Evans, E.A., and J. VanSickle. 2004. The Dilemma of Safer and Freer Trade: The Case of the U.S. Nursery Industry. Choices (First Quarter). http://www.choicesmagazine.org/2004-1/2004-1-06.htm.
Evans, E.A. 2003. Economic Dimensions of Invasive Species. Choices (Second Quarter). http://www.choicemagazine.org/current/2003-2-03.htm.
Evans, E.A., and L. Rankine. 2003. The U.S. Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002: Implications for CARICOM Sugar Producers. Farm and Business, The Journal of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society 6(1):51-72.

Extramural support during past 5 years

2006-2007

$19,000

Texas A&M University

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers: Development of Training Materials for Avocado Growers

PI

2005-2008

$238,000

USDA

Improving Water Quality at the Watershed Level by Targeting High-Return Stakeholders

Co-PI

2005-2007

$114,099

USDA

Economics of Managing Invasive Species in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Areas of the U.S.

Co-PI

2005-2007

$75,662

USDA

Foliar Acid Applications to Prevent Iron Deficiency in Tropical Fruit Crops Grown in Calcareous Soils

Co-PI

2004-2007

$98,377

USDA

Development of Preventive Integrated Pest Management Vegetable Production Systems for South Florida for...

Co-PI

2003-2007

$37,500

USDA

Socio-Economic Research for the Areawide Management Evaluation of Melaleuca Quinquenervia

PI

2003-2007

$60,879

USDA

Socio-Economic Research for the Areawide Management Evaluation of Melaleuca Quinquenervia

PI

2003-2007

$41,450

USDA

Socio-Economic Research for the Areawide Management Evaluation of Melaleuca Quinquenervia

PI

2003-2006

$290,901

USDA

Economics of Managing Invasive Species in Tropical Areas of the United States

Co-PI

 

Teaching Interests)

International trade, Economics of production of tropical fruits and vegetables.

Extension/Outreach Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

My program focuses on developing and delivering education programs and publications that aid both growers and extension agents to address current and emerging domestic and international trade-related issues that impact, or may impact, the production and marketing of a variety of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental horticultural products. The activities are organized within the framework of the following three program areas:

  1. Risk Management Education
  2. Sustainable Farm & Natural Resources Management Education
  3. Agriculture  and Agricultural Trade Policy Analysis and Education

Output includes the publication of commodity budgets for the production of popular tropical and subtropical crops, EDIS documents; decision-making computer software tools to assist with the economic and financial assessments of new or existing crop enterprises, commodity analyses, and policy evaluations; field days; workshops; meetings; and other training activities.

International Activities

I am active in international activities and was awarded the 2006 UF/IFAS Junior Faculty International Achievement Award ($1,000 award). The award was given in recognition of several international accomplishments that greatly benefited both the University of Florida and the state of Florida. I took a leadership role in promoting invasive species issues within the Food and Resource Economics Department, the United States, and the wider Caribbean. In particular, I assumed a lead role in developing a Caribbean Basin-Pacific Basin project on the economic aspects of managing invasive species. This project forged linkages between researchers in the Pacific and Caribbean regions by engaging them in a joint research project on invasive species (i.e., "Economics of Managing Invasive Species in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Areas of the United States of America"; USDA/CSREES/Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research Program; 2003-06; $705,000. I am a charter member of the Caribbean Invasive Species Working Group and was instrumental in drawing attention to the need for, and in providing leadership in developing a strategy for safeguarding the Greater Caribbean Region (includes the southern United States) from harmful invasive species. I assumed a leadership role in writing the first draft of “Caribbean Regional Invasive Species Intervention Strategy” (CRISIS).

Since 2004 until recently, I served as one of the UF/CTA associate directors for Caribbean programs. In this capacity I actively recruit students for the University of Florida. I also serve on the graduate committees of students from Latin America and the Caribbean and have mentored two part-time scholars from ZAMORANO University, Honduras, and EARTH University, Lemon Province, Costa Rica. In April 2007, my colleagues and I taught a two-week short course on Tropical Fruit, Ornamentals, and Hydrology at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas, Huehuetan, Chiapas, Mexico.

As co-program manager, and working in close collaboration with the UF/IFAS International program personnel, I was able to successfully negotiate a Cooperative Agreement between the University of the Florida and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The Agreement which was signed by the Director of International Programs on April 24, 2006 in Costa Rica, serves to promote and facilitate the exchange of academic, technical, and research information between the faculty, scientific staff, and scholars of the two institutions. Areas of joint interest include efforts to modernize agriculture and rural life in the countries of the Americas; promote agricultural agri-business competition, agricultural health, and food safety; and sustainable management of natural resources and the environment.

Since 2004 I have lectured/given talks in the following countries: Australia, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

 
 

 

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