Skyler Simnitt


Skyler is a Ph.D. student in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. Skyler’s primary research interests are production economics and agribusiness with specializations in labor, specialty crops, development, and econometrics. His dissertation research focuses on agricultural labor in the United States, with particular emphasis on H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers Program, usage and participation at the individual, regional and national levels. He has collaborated with University of Florida faculty on a number of research projects including a study assessing the pre-employment costs of hiring citrus harvest workers through the H-2A program, a project assessing the frost mitigations strategies used by Georgia Peach farmers to reduce the risks of frost damage, and a project assessing the viability of a potential commercial fishery for lionfish meat in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


University of Florida | Gainesville, FL July, 2019
PhD in Food and Resource Economics  
University of Florida | Gainesville, FL 2014
Master of Arts in Latin American Studies  
Brigham Young University | Provo, UT 2009
Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies