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 began 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

Email: ervin@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-3935 

Education

  • 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.)

Books

  • 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

  • Shaw DR, Barrett M, Schroeder J, Asmus AB, Ervin D, Jussaume RA, Coble H (2018) Critical Next Steps in Combating Herbicide Resistance: Our View. Weed Science 66:559–561. doi: 10.1017/wsc.2018.
  • Schroeder J, Barrett M, Shaw DR, Asmus AB, Coble H, Ervin D, Jussaume RA, Owen MDK, Burke I, Creech CF,Culpepper AS, Curran WS, Dodds DM, Gaines TA, Gunsolus JL, Hanson BD, Jha P, Klodd AE, Kniss AR, Leon RG, McDonald S, Morishita DW, Schutte BJ, Sprague CL, Stahlman PW, Steckel LE, VanGessel MJ (2018) Managing Wicked Herbicide-Resistance: Lessons from the Field. Weed Technology 32:475–488. doi: 10.1017/wet.2018.49
  • Schroeder J, Barrett M, Shaw DR, Asmus AB, Coble H, Ervin D, Jussaume Jr. RA, Owen MDK, Burke I, Creech CF, Culpepper AS, Curran WS, Dodds DM, Gaines TA, Gunsolus JL, Hanson BD, Jha P, Klodd AE, Kniss AR, Leon RG, McDonald S, Morishita DW, Schutte BJ, Sprague CLStahlman PW, Steckel LE and VanGessel MJ. 2018). Managing Herbicide Resistance: Listening to the Perspectives of Practitioners. Procedures for Conducting Listening Sessions and an Evaluation of the Process. Weed Technology 32:489–497. doi: 10.1017/wet.2018.53
  • Barrett, M. D. Ervin, G. Frisvold, R.Jussaume, D. Shaw, and S. Ward. 2017. “A Wicked View. Weed Science. https://doi.org/10.1017/wsc.2017.20
  • Pannell, 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.
  • Jussaume RA Jr, Ervin DE. 2016. Understanding weed resistance as a wicked problem to improve weed management decisions. Weed Sci 64(Special Issue): 559-569
  • Ervin DE, Frisvold GB. 2016. Community-based approaches to herbicide-resistant weed management: lessons from science and practice. Weed Sci 64(Special Issue): 609-626
  • Glenna, L., J. Tooker, R. Welsh, and D. Ervin. 2015. “Intellectual Property, Scientific Independence, and the Efficacy and Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops, Rural Sociology. DOI: 10.1111/ruso.12062
  • 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. 

Recent Grants

  • Co-Principal Investigator “Research and Extension to Address Herbicide Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass in Managed Turf Systems” Specialty Crop Research Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture ($5.65 M: Portland State U. budget $330,000)
  • Principal Investigator, Cooperative Agreement, "Evaluating Principles to Guide Comprehensive Assessment of Ecosystem Service Values", U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, 2016-17 ($25,000)
  • Co-Chair, “Valuation of Ecosystem Services from Farms and Forests, “Project funded by the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and Office of Chief Economist, Office of Environmental Markets, U.S. Department of Agriculture (2016) 
  • 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)

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