Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.S., Cornell University
B.A., Swarthmore College
Scott Swinton is a tenured professor of agricultural and environmental economics. He teaches managerial and applied microeconomics. In 2015, he received MSU’s William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty award. For 2016-19, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, serving as President during 2017-18.His economic research looks at agriculture as a managed ecosystem, focusing on management and policy analysis for enhanced ecosystem services. He concentrates on problems involving bioenergy crop production, crop pest and nutrient management, precision agriculture, resource conservation, and management of risks to human health and income. Besides his work on U.S. farming, he has extensive experience with agricultural and natural resource management in Latin America and Africa. He is currently working on Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center - Economic Responses for Sustainability.
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