Dr. Ari M. Michelsen, Resident Director
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
Phone: 915-859-9111
Fax: 915-859-1078


Dr. Ari Michelsen is Resident Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at El Paso, and Professor of Agricultural Economics, The Texas A&M University System. His focus is on water resources valuation, conservation, transfer markets, integrated water resources management and institutional policy analysis. His research includes studies on the effectiveness of agricultural and residential water conservation programs, water markets and prices, impacts of endangered species water acquisition programs, air and water quality regulatory impacts and decision support systems for river basin resource management and water policy analysis in the U.S., China and Chile. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications and technical reports.

Dr. Michelsen is Past-President of the American Water Resources Association, serves on the Board of Directors and is Past-President of the Universities Council on Water Resources, serves on the National Water Census Advisory Committee, Paso del Norte Watershed Council Executive Committee, New Mexico-Texas Water Commission, Rio Grande Salinity Coalition, Editorial Board of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, and 6th World Water Forum Integrated Water Resources Management Thematic Priority Chair. He is the U.S. Technical Co-Chair for the Joint U.S.-China 2013 Conference on Water Supplies for Mega Cities: Challenges and Solutions.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University in 1999, Dr. Michelsen was faculty in the Department of Economics at Washington State University teaching in the MBA and Environmental Science and Regional Planning Programs, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Wyoming Water Resources Center, and Senior Associate at RCG/Hagler, Bailly Inc., working with government and industry in both water and energy resources. He holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland, M.S. in Economics and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: Texas Water Panel, Economic Challenges and Opportunities