Sherry Larkin

Dr. Sherry Larkin Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department

Dr. Larkin is a professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics in the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). She earned her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University in 1998 and now specializes in natural resource and environmental economics. She has been a faculty member in UF/IFAS since 2000 and has a 70 percent research appointment and a 30 percent teaching appointment. At UF/IFAS she was a sustainability fellow from 2011-2012 and currently serves as an affiliate faculty member for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Her main area of interest involves projects relating to the sustainable use of marine resources. Dr. Larkin has published 41 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters, and has received nearly $3 million in external research funding from 8 different funding agencies. She has chaired 25 graduate student committees and served as a member or co-chair on an additional 19. She has been an associate editor of the journal Marine Resource Economics since 2000. In the profession, she has served as an elected member of the executive committee for the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) and is the president elect of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE). In the policy arena, Dr. Larkin is actively involved in fisheries management by serving on scientific committees for both the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils. In addition to seafood and fisheries, Dr. Larkin's recent research has studied economic issues related to forestry, precision farming, harmful algal blooms and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


2000-present University of Florida
  • Workshop II in Food and Resource Economics, graduate, Summer 2013, 14)
  • Workshop I in Food and Resource Economics, graduate (Summer 2012, 13, 14)
  • Spatial Dynamics Workshop, IGERT program, graduate (Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 14)
  • Economics of Resource Use, undergraduate (Fall 2006-13)
  • Introduction to Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, undergraduate (Fall 2004, 05)
  • Survey Research Methods for Economists, graduate (Fall 2002, 03)
  • Seminar in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, graduate (Spring 2002, Fall 08)
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, graduate (Fall 2001-05, 07)

Supervision of Graduate Students (44 total):

  • Chair or co-chair, Ph.D. Committee: 10
  • Chair or co-chair, M.S. Committee: 15
  • Member, Ph.D. or M.S. Committee: 19
Marketing, Trade, and Management
Marketing, Trade, and Management of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources (W3004)

Published works since 2006 include a paper using bioeconomic modeling to rebuild fish stocks, an optimal rotation problem for scallop farming that relies on changing environmental conditions, a discussion of how individual transferrable property rights in fisheries can help promote sustainable management, and an examination of consumer preferences for locally caught fresh seafood. These results have practical implications for scallop farmers, fishery managers that need to rebuild long-lived stocks (and those considering the establishment of rights-based systems), and fishermen organizations considering alternative ways to increase the value of their marketable catch. These projects were supported with funding by and reports to the Korean Maritime Institute, NOAA Fisheries (and the regional management councils through my appointments to the Science and Statistical Committees and Socioeconomic Panels), and the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation. In addition, results were disseminated in additional outlets including the OECD, the Food Distribution Research Society, and the Lenfest Ocean Program (i.e., Pew Charitable Trust).

Economic Methods to Evaluate Efficient Natural Resource Use (FRE-004958)

Projects under this theme include work on sustainable forests, most notably the role of carbon trading markets, the potential for joint forest management, and the non-market value of restored forests for ecosystem services in developing countries. In addition to forests, this project also investigated two other issues: the economic effects and best management strategies to address red tide events (i.e., harmful algal blooms that predominately occur in the Gulf of Mexico and are unique in that they affect the respiratory system of humans) and the precision farming of cotton, one of the world's most important agricultural crops. Funding sources for the red tide and cotton work has been sustained and substantial and the results have been useful to resource managers and industry groups in addition to the academic community. For example, the red tide work has been primarily funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the EPA. Information generated with this funding produced estimates of economic losses from red tide events that can be used to justify mitigation and control efforts. Cotton Incorporated, a grower-funded research and marketing organization, supported efforts to examine the role of precision farming practices in order to identify farmers that might be more or less likely to adopt environmentally-friendly production techniques, which is information that is useful to both agricultural industries and extension agents.

Dr. Sherry Larkin Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department