Susan Capalbo is Professor and Department Head for the Department of Applied Economics (formerly Agricultural and Resource Economics) at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California-Davis in 1982 and has been at OSU since 2008. Prior to coming to OSU she was a Professor at Montana State University, a Fellow at Resources for the Future, and visiting appointments at Columbia University. Dr. Capalbo currently serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for SP3.0, and was co-chair of Provost’s Self-Study Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2011-2012). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Dr. Capalbo’s research focuses on applied economics and policy as it relates to sustainable agricultural development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and integrated policy analysis and tradeoff assessment. She is a co-lead on the National Climate Assessment report, and related reports on climate impacts in the PNW. She is currently the co-PI on a USDA NIFA grant addressing adaptation of cereal production to climate change, a student-center National Needs Fellowship grant and numerous other cross disciplinary projects funded by NSF, NOAA, USDA and DOE. Dr. Capalbo has been a strong proponent of advancing women in the research arena. As the Director of Special Projects in the MSU VPR Office, Dr. Capalbo was awarded several diversity and social science research collaborative grants including an NSF ADVANCE Leadership Award to advance women as research leaders. She was awarded a Marie Tharp Fellowship through the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the NSF ADVANCE program to integrate her research and leadership in area of climate change and economics of clean coal technology on a national and global basis.