David Ervin is a Professor of Economics, Professor of Environmental Management, and Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. He received BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Previous positions include Professor and Head of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Chief of Resource Policy Branch in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, and Director of Policy Studies for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture. He teaches courses in environmental economics, the economics of sustainability, and business environmental management. His current research program covers ecosystem services management in urbanizing regions, genetically engineered crops and sustainable agriculture, business environmental management, and university-industry relationships in developing transgenic crops. He is the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program “Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions.” During 2008-2010, he chaired the National Research Council’s Committee “Impact of Biotechnology on Farm Sustainability in the United States.” During 2001-2006, he directed a multi-university and multidisciplinary research project “Public Goods and University-Industry Relationships in Agricultural Biotechnology” funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the International Society for Ecological Economics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics.