Richard Howitt is a professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics.
He has published widely on agricultural and environmental resource allocation issues, with special emphasis on agricultural land use, water markets and the application of optimization models to resource allocation questions.
He is a member of the Western Agricultural Economics Association of Environmental and Resource Economics and is a reviewer for seven scholarly journals.
He is also a member of the Watershed Center's Delta Solutions Group, and is a co-author of the 2007 Envisioning Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
His research interests include building computer models of how land and water are used, and their calibration to G.I.S-based data sets.
He is currently engaged in an analysis of land use patterns in the Delta and in an assessment of potential economic outcomes for agriculture and recreation in the Delta's primary zone under different flooding and water quality scenarios.