Dr. Peña-Lévano is currently faculty of the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida, Plant City campus. He joined the faculty in 2017 after receiving his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Dr. Peña-Lévano has earned many prestigious research awards such as the ‘Outstanding Young Scholar’ Award from the Agricultural Finance & Management (AFM) section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEA) for his research and achievements , “Outstanding research poster” from the Land, Water and Environmental Economics Section (ENV) of the AAEA  for his research in climate change impacts on global livestock production, “Outstanding research paper” from the Latin American Section (LAS) of the AAEA [2015, 2016], and many others.
Dr. Peña-Lévano’s diverse teaching interests cover economic theory, applied microeconomics, interntational trade, climate change, linear and optimization programming, quantitative analysis, land use change and environmental economics.
In Plant City, Dr. Peña-Lévano is developing the curriculum for the undergraduate program of the FRED. Among the classes that he imparts are:
- AEB3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics
- AEB3510 Quantitative Methods
In addition, Dr. Peña-Lévano’s research agenda involves different topics related to the economic evaluation of climate change mitigation methods, evaluation of the H2A program in US Southern farms, and international trade and finance. He is also working in the economic evaluation of implementing a forest carbon sequestration program in Orinoquia, Colombia.
Areas of Expertise
- Climate change and land use change
- International agricultural trade
- Linear optimization
- Teaching and learning
- International finance