Erik Lichtenberg is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Par. His research spans a wide variety of topics in the general area of agriculture and the environment, including agri-environmental policies, pest management and pesticide regulation, irrigation and drainage, land use, food safety, invasive species, environmental health risk management, agricultural technology adoption, and the economics of pollination services. Lichtenberg is a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and a former co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the leading journal in the field of agricultural and resource economics. He served on National Academy of Sciences expert panels on genetically engineered crops and on precision agriculture and was a consultant to a National Academy study on the future of pesticides in US agriculture. His work has earned him a number of awards, including a Bronze Medal from University of Helsinki, the Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, awards for best paper in Water Resources Research and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, the Dean Gordon Cairns Award from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and awards for excellence in research from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association. Lichtenberg received a BA in linguistics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California Berkeley.