Thomas P Tomich

Thomas Tomich portrait

Position Title
Professor Emeritus


Thomas P. Tomich is distinguished professor emeritus of sustainability science and policy in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and founder of the Food Systems Lab at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program. Specific interests include natural resource management, integrated ecosystem assessment, land use change, agroecology, agroforestry, tropical forests, agriculture and farming systems, food systems and food supply chains, economic development, and sustainability science, including complex data and organizational requirements to link science with action. He is co-editor of the Annual Review of Environment & Resources Tomich is co-author/editor of Transforming Agrarian Economies: Opportunities Seized, Opportunities Missed (1995); Environmental Services and Land Use Change: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Research in Southeast Asia (2004); Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing: A Manual for Assessment Practitioners (2010); The California Nitrogen Assessment: Challenges and Solutions for People, Agriculture, and the Environment (2016), and Agricultural Research for Rural Prosperity: Rethinking the Pathways, a special issue of the journal Agricultural Systems (2019).

Research Interests & Expertise
  • Agriculture Sustainability
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Global Change
  • Policy Evaluation and Impact Analysis