John B. Loomis, PhD.


Agricultural and Resource Economics

Fields of Expertise

Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism, Watershed Restoration and Management

Areas of Interest

Economic valuation of non-marketed natural resources such as rivers, recreational fisheries, public lands, endangered species, water quality, and forest fire management


Dr. Loomis received his Ph.D in economics from Colorado State University. He taught at University of California-Davis for eight years, where he received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. He came to Colorado State University as a professor in 1993 and has served full time on the faculty until 2016. He now works part time for Colorado State University. Dr. John Loomis has an international reputation as a scholar in the field of economic valuation of non-marketed natural resources and public lands management. His studies include the economic value of kayaking, T&E species, wetlands, and fishing. He helped to design and implement studies in Australia, Belgium, Chile, Spain, and China. He has also conducted numerous Benefit-Cost Analyses for city, state and federal agencies. Dr. Loomis' sustained contribution to the field of agricultural economics was recognized in 2004 with the awarding of the Western Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Scholar Award. He is also a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association as well as the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He has five books, including Determining Economic Value of Water, 2nd Ed coauthored with Robert Young and more than 250 scientific journal articles. Dr. Loomis has taught water resource economics, environmental economics, research methods, recreation economics and public land management. He has conducted numerous workshops on non-market valuation and Benefit-Cost Analysis for state and federal agencies.