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David Ervin

David Ervin is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Professor Emeritus of Environmental Management and Economics at Portland State University. He is working with other ISS staff to develop a research and outreach program on ecosystem services and urbanizing regions. In that role he has recently co-led an effort to develop principles to guide assessments of ecosystem service values. He also is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program entitled Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions that is hosted by ISS. He continues research on the sustainability effects of genetically engineered crops that he begun while chairing a 2008-10 National Research Council committee, and is investigating the motivations for businesses to advance sustainability. He speaks to local, national, and international audiences on each of these topics.

Contact Info

Phone: 503-725-3935 


  • Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, 1974
  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics, The Ohio State University, 1969
  • B.S. in Agricultural Economics, The Ohio State University, 1967

Professional Positions

  • Professor Emeritus of Environmental Management and Economics and Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University, January 2014 - Present.
  • Professor of Environmental Management, Professor of Economics, and Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University, 2008 - 2013.
  • Professor of Environmental Studies and Coordinator of Academic Sustainability Programs, Portland State University, September 2001 - 2007.
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Wallace Center for Agricultural and Environmental Policy, Winrock International, January 2000 – June 2002.
  • Director, Policy Studies Program, The Henry A. Wallace Institute, Greenbelt, Maryland, July 1996 - December 1999.
  • Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, January 1994 - July 1996. (Visiting Senior Analyst, Office of Technology Assessment, January 1994 - September 1995, on assignment from Oregon State University)
  • Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, August 1991 - January 1994.
  • Chief, Resource Policy Branch, Resources and Technology Division, Economic Research Service, USDA, Washington, DC, July 1988 - July 1991.
  • Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri - Columbia, December 1976 - July 1988. (Visiting scholar at the Department of Land Economy, University of  Cambridge, UK during 1986-87.)


  • The Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States. D.E. Ervin, Y. Carrière, W. J. Cox, J. Fernandez-Cornejo, R. A. Jussaume, M. C. Marra, M. D. K. Owen, P. H. Raven, L. Lareesa Wolfenbarger, and D. Zilberman. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2010.
  • Does Environmental Policy Work: The Theory and Policy of Outcomes Assessment. D. Ervin, J. Kahn, and M. Livingston. Northampton: Elgar, 2003.
  • Public Concerns, Environmental Standards and Agricultural Trade. F. Brouwer and D. Ervin. New York: CAB International, 2002
  • Land Use Control: Evaluating Economic and Political Effects. Ervin, D., J. Fitch, R. Godwin, W. Shepard and H. Stoevener. Cambridge: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1977.

Recent Journal Articles

  • Jannell, D, P. Tillie, E Rodríguez-Cerezo, D. Ervin, and G. Frisvold. 2016. “Herbicide Resistance: Economic and Environmental Challenges,” AgBioForum 19(2): 136-155.
  • Jordan N, Schut M, Graham S, Barney JN, Childs DZ, Christensen S, Cousens RD, Davis AS, Eizenberg H, Ervin DE, Fernandez-Quintanilla C, Harrison LJ, Harsch MA, Heijting S,Liebman M, Loddo D, Mirsky SB, Riemens M, Neve P, Peltzer DA, Renton M, Williams M,Recasens J & Sønderskov M (2016). "Transdisciplinary weed research: new leverage on challenging weed problems?" Weed Research. doi: 10.1111/wre.12219
  • Ervin, D. and G. Frisvold. “Community-Based Approaches to Herbicide Resistant Weed Management: Lessons from Science and Practice” Weed Science 64(Special Issue): 559-569
  • Ervin, D. and R. Jussaume. 2014. “Herbicide Resistance: Integrating Social Science into Understanding and Managing Weed Resistance and Associated Environmental Impacts,” Weed Science. 
  • Ervin, D., J. Wu, M. Khanna, C. Jones and T. Wirkala. 2012. “Motivations and Barriers to Corporate Environmental Management” Business Strategy and the Environment.
  • Nag, S., H. Yang, S.T. Buccola, and D. Ervin.  2012. “Productivity and Financial Support in Academic Bioscience.”  (April) Applied Economics (on-line publication).
  • Ervin, D., D. Brown, Heejun Chang, Veronica Dujon, Elise Granek, Vivek Shandas, and Alan Yeakley. 2011. “Growing Cities Depend on Ecosystem Services,” Solutions 2(6): 74-86. 
  • Costanza, R., I. Kubiszewski, D. Ervin, R. Bluffstone, J. Boyd, D. Brown, H. Chang, V. Dujon, E. Granek, S. Polasky, V. Shandas, A. Yeakley. 2011. “Valuing ecological systems and services.” F1000 Biology Reports, 3:14. 
  • Ervin, D., L. Glenna, and R. Jussaume. 2011. “The Theory and Practice of Genetically Engineered Crops and Agricultural Sustainability,” Sustainability 3, 847-874.
  • Glenna, Leland L., Rick Welsh, David Ervin, William B. Lacy, and Dina Biscotti. 2011. “Commercial Science, Scientists’ Values, and University Biotechnology Research Agendas” Research Policy 40(7): 957-968.

Recent Grants

  • Participating Social Scientist, “An integrated pest management approach to addressing the multiple herbicide-resistant weed epidemic in three major U.S. field crop production regions” U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Research Service Areawide Project ($1M; awarded July 2015)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Integrating Human Behavioral & Agronomic Practices to Improve Food Security by Reducing the Risk & Consequences of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds,” U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative ($930K; awarded June 2014) .
  • Principal Investigator and Co-Director, “Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions,” National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training (IGERT) Program ($3 million; awarded July 15, 2010).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Spatially-explicit assessment of ecosystem services shifts under climate change and land development in the metropolitan fringe.” National Science Foundation. Geographic Systems Science ($350,000; awarded August 2010).
  • Project Director. “Developing Genuine Metrics for Business Sustainability” Miller Foundation, Portland State University, 2010 ($10,000 planning grant).
  • Project Director. “Ecosystem Services and Sustainability: The Marmot Dam Removal” Portland State University Miller Foundation Award, 2009 ($122,000).

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