Dr. Tim Haab has been reappointed as department chair of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. He will continue to lead the department's top ranked research-doctorate programs in agricultural, regional and resource economics and continue to deliver innovative teaching, research, and outreach programs. But he is also ready to tackle new opportunities.
Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, has named Haab Dean's Chair in Transformative Initiatives. This post will enable him to focus on new and innovative programs that integrate all three missions of teaching, research, and extension, and contribute to the economic well-being of the State of Ohio.
His first task is the launch of the CFAES Knowledge Exchange (KX), a new data, research, and communications support platform.
"Our vision is to become the go-to resource for accessible data and data that tells a story," says Haab.
KX will collect, store, and distribute data from diverse sources and house it on an online platform which is currently under development. The platform will house data visualizations and multimedia story telling that will include charts, graphs, maps, articles, podcasts and videos.
"This includes statistics and data decision makers can access to assist them with making complex decisions," says Haab. "And information community members can access on matters that affect their lives, for example, finding the place location to open a small business or predictive data about next's year growing season."
Initial data sources will include publicly available data and data from college researchers. Eventually the goal is to build a platform to make it easy and desirable for researchers beyond CFAES to house their data with KX.
Haab has a diverse teaching and research background. Over the span of his career, he has focused on environmental economics and applied econometrics. His recent research has looked at the impacts of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, the impacts of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the impacts of marine debris on southern California beaches. He has led research supported by more than $4 million in grants; authored more than 70 articles and reports, and three books; and has given presentations and seminars at more than 100 universities and conferences worldwide. He is past president of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators; and has served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Ohio State in 2000 and A first-generation college student, he received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1991, and his Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995. From 1995-2000, Dr. Haab was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at East Carolina University.