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    Food and Resource Economics Department

Dr. Kelly Grogan

Associate Professor

Dr. Grogan's research interests include bioeconomic modeling, economically optimal pest control across time and space, adoption of sustainable agricultural practices, and natural resource economics in general. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis, and her B.A. in economics and environmental studies from Dartmouth College. She received the University of Florida Roche Teaching Fellowship and the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Early Career Professional Leadership Award.

  • Research

    Research Summary

    My research falls into two main categories: bioeconomic modeling applied to agricultural risks and economic components of sustainable agriculture.  For the first category, I utilize dynamic and/or spatial models to address pest management, the use of biological control, and risk management.  The issues that I address are often significant problems for growers, so the results have real world implications while also being intellectually interesting.  For the second category, I utilize empirical methods to analyze adoption of and marketing of sustainable practices.  The results have important policy implications with regards to encouraging a more sustainable food system.

    Bioeconomic Modeling

    My work pertaining to bioeconomic modeling contains two main subsets: optimal management of risks such as diseases in perennial crops and the use of biological control.  Disease management in perennial crops is a complicated and interesting problem.  Growers plant trees with the expectation that those trees will provide output for them for many years, so the introduction of a disease has potentially long term and significant consequences.  The disease dynamics and effects differ from case to case, making each disease unique.  Management options may or may not include options that can fully prevent or cure the disease, making the optimal management plan uncertain prior to analysis. 

    Current Projects

    • Economic analysis of citrus greening disease management options
    • Spatial externalities of pest control
    • Analysis of forest fire prevention

    Components of Sustainable Agriculture

    My research on sustainable agriculture has two main subsets: adoption of sustainable practices and marketing of sustainably-produced products. 

    Current Projects

    • Analysis of the adoption of water conservation practices and growers’ preferences pertaining to future water conservation policy in Florida. 
    • A comparison of the value of eco-labels in the Italian and U.S. wine markets. 
    • An estimation of the value of added sulfur dioxide in organic wine
    • An analysis of the effects of farmers markets on the location of small farming operations.
    • Adoption of water conserving and pollution reducing technology among agricultural producers in the Lower Suwannee/Santa Fe River Basin


    • USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension, 2015 – 2020, Co-PI
    • USDA NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program- National Integrated Water Quality Program, 2014 – 2017, PI
    • Florida Aquaculture Review Council Grant (2), 2014-2015, Co-PI
    • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Early Career Scientist Grant, 2014-2015, PI
    • Citrus Initiative- Invasive Plant and Diseases, 2012-2013, PI
    • Jastro-Shields Award, 2009-2010
    • Giannini Minigrant with Hossein Farzin, 2009-2010
    • Giannini Minigrants with Rachael Goodhue, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Teaching

    Classes Taught

    (Average overall instructor rating in parentheses.  Rating is on a scale of 1 – 5 with 5 being excellent)

    • AEB 6453 Natural Resource Economics, Ph.D. level, Fall 2011 (3.89), Fall 2013 (4.78)
    • AEB 6106 Microeconomic Principles and Analysis, M.S. level, Fall 2012 (4.71), Fall 2013 (4.91), Fall 2014 (5.00)
    • AEB 4931 Advanced Agricultural Microeconomics, upper division B.S. level, Spring 2012 (4.37), Spring 2013 (4.38)

Kelly Grogan photo


1185 MCCA

  • Education
    • Ph.D Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis 2010
    • M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis 2006
    • B.S. Environmental Studies and Economics, summa cum laude    Dartmouth College 2005
  • Publications