Dr. Edward "Gilly" Evans
Professor — Food and Resource Economics
Dr. Edward "Gilly" Evans is the center's interim director and professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department located at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead. He holds a Ph.D in food and resource economics from the University of Florida with specialization in agricultural policy analysis, international trade, and development.
His previous research focused on theoretical and empirical analyses of international trade policy rules and institutions such as GATT, WTO, NAFTA, and LOME. His current research emphasizes applied agricultural trade policy analysis and environmental sustainability of agriculture. Most of his research is conducted as a member of interdisciplinary teams of scientists located at TREC and is aimed at generating economically viable and environmentally friendly technologies, practices, production and marketing systems. Aspects of his work include generating knowledge to conserve and improve water quality at the watershed level, developing economically viable preventive integrated pest management, vegetable production systems, implementing efficient fertilizer management, and exploring the economic feasibility of developing biodiesel from Jatropha and ethanol from sweet potatoes. He also investigates the economics of managing invasive species (foreign pests and diseases) in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the United States.