Dr. J. Richard Conner





Management, range resource and ecological economics


Ph.D Texas A&M University - Agricultural Economics
M.S. Texas A&M University - Statistics
B.S. Texas A&M University - Agronomy


(979) 845-7456




Texas A&M University
Rm 308E Blocker Bldg 2124 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77483-2124 USA

Dr. Conner is a Professor of Agriculture Economics and the Thomas M. O'Connor Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management. His research and consulting include domestic and international work related to the economics and management of grazinglands and related resources. His teaching program includes a graduate course in range economics and participation in a team-taught undergraduate course in range analysis and management planning. Dr. Conner received his BS in Agronomy (1965), MS in Statistics (1967) and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics (1970), all from Texas A&M University. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1981. His prior experience includes appointments as Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University (1975-1981), Coordinator/Director of Planning and Analysis at the State University Systems of Florida (1973-1975), and Assistant Professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida (1969- 1973). Dr. Conner's research emphasizes the integration of economics with ecology in the management of grazinglands and related resources. His work has dealt with such issues as how to select the optimal combination of wildlife/ livestock enterprises while considering both biological diversity and relative levels and variation in enterprise costs and prices. Much of his work has been directed toward the development of analytical methodologies which facilitate incorporating the impacts of variation inherent to range- related enterprises into management decisions. Dr. Conner also participates in an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the development of computerized decision support systems (DSS) for use by grazingland resource managers. The DSS are designed to assist resource managers in both strategic and tactical planning and provide a means of appropriately accounting for both economic and ecologic consequences of alternative management practices.

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