Dr. David Yoskowitz

Dr. David Yoskowitz is the Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics and Associate Director of the Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was previously the Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during 2014 – 2015. His work is focused on elucidating the link between environmental well-being and human well-being and moving practice into policy.

In his role as NOAA Chief Economist 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.

In his academic life 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. He led the effort to produce Gulf 360o: 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.