David Yoskowitz, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research, Policy and Development and Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics
Senior Leadership
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Ph.D., Economics, Texas Tech University (1997)
M.A., Economics, Texas Tech University (1994)
B.S., Economics and Finance, Bentley College (1990)

Expertise: Dr. Yoskowitz brings a socio-economic perspective to issues that impact the Gulf of Mexico region. His work is focused on elucidating the link between environmental well-being and human well-being and moving practice into policy. He is leading an effort to inventory and value ecosystem services for the Gulf of Mexico region and quantifying the impact of sea-level rise on coastal community resiliency. His work has taken him through much of North and Central America including Cuba, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador, and Mexico. He led the effort to produce Gulf 360: State of the Gulf of Mexico, which was a successful collaboration between governmental, academic, non-governmental organizations, and industry in both the United States and Mexico that mapped common socio-economic metrics.

Additional Activities: In his role as NOAA Chief Economist (2014-2015) he strove to integrate social science throughout its operations and cultivate stronger ties with the bio-physical sciences. He co-chaired an interagency task force, under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that developed a research agenda around coastal green infrastructure and ecosystem services. Also, working with the NOAA Social Science Committee he helped develop the Social Science Vision and Strategy for the agency.

Dr. Yoskowitz also served on the National Research Council Committee on the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico and the Socio-Economic Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

Research Focus and Interests: Adding the socio-economic discipline complements the HRI Model by bringing the research cycle full circle. Current research related to inventorying and valuing ecosystem services in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Mexico provides context to the decision making process. Sea level rise and available fresh water inflows to bays and estuaries have startling yet sensitive implications. Through effective modeling the effects of taking action or failing to do so can be candidly considered.

Selected Publications: Dr. Yoskowitz continues to leverage the data developed through his studies to provide the economic perspective to the decision making process.

Yoskowitz, D., S. Werner, C. Carollo, C. Santos, T. Washburn, G. Isaksen. 2016. Gulf of Mexico Offshore Ecosystem Services: Relative Valuation by Stakeholders. Marine Policy. 66:132-136.

Yoskowitz, D. and M. Russell. 2015. Human Dimensions of Our Estuaries and Coasts. Estuaries and Coasts. 38 S1: 1-8.

Wetz, M.S. and D.W. Yoskowitz. 2013. An ‘extreme’ future for estuaries? Effects of extreme climatic events on estuarine water quality and ecology. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 69, No. 1-2. pp: 7-18.

Jordan, S., S. Hayes, D. Yoskowitz, L. Smith, J. Summers, M. Russell, and W. Benson. 2010. Accounting for natural resources and environmental sustainability: Linking ecosystem services to human well-being. Environmental Science & Technology 44:1530-1536.

D. Yoskowitz and P. Montagna. 2009. Socio-economic factors that impact the desire to protect freshwater flow in the Rio Grande, USA. Ecosystems and Sustainable Development VII. Edited by C.A. Brebbia and E.Tiezzi. WIT Press.