Meet the Team

PAUL J. FERRARO, Co-Director

Paul J. Ferraro is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Human Behavior and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University. His research aims to incorporate insights from the behavioral and social sciences into the designs of environmental programs and to measure the causal effects of human behaviors on the environment and human welfare.

KENT MESSER, Co-Director

Kent D. Messer is the S. Hallock DuPont Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Applied Economics & Statistics and the director of the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics at the University of Delaware. Messer applies behavioral science and experimental economics to problems in the agriculture and nexus. He had published over 85 publications, served as editor of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He has written two textbooks on applying economics of agricultural and conservation settings. Messer has been an investigator of interdisciplinary proposals worth over $70 million from numerous sources including NSF, EPA, NOAA, and USDA.

MARK MASTERS, Director of Outreach

Mark Masters is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center at Albany State University (ASU). He is widely regarded for his expertise in agricultural water use, water planning, conservation implementation, and stakeholder-driven policy development. As both a researcher and a farmer, Mark understands the importance of sound, evidence-based policy that engages producers in a meaningful way.

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • SEAN ELLIS (University of Delaware)
  • PAUL FELDMAN (Johns Hopkins University)
  • LAURA PAUL (University of Delaware)
  • PALLAVI SHUKLA (Johns Hopkins University)
  • LUSI XIE (University of Delaware)

CBEAR fellows at top research and land-grant colleges and institutions, including:

  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Purdue University
  • The Conservation Fund
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California – Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Washington
  • Williams College