Sergio Alvarez CVSergio is a natural resource economist researching how natural resources and the environment contribute to human well-being through the provision of ecosystem services such as food, recreation, and protection from natural and man-made hazards. He holds a BA in Environmental Sciences, and MS and PhD degrees in Food and Resource Economics, all from the University of Florida. Sergio has published articles on a range of topics including the economics of marine resources, the costs and management of biological invasions, and the value of ecosystem services such as clean water and outdoor recreation. Sergio has experience with econometrics, statistics, optimization, and survey research.Between 2013 and 2018, Sergio served as the Chief Economist at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he gained practical experience in state government and policy analysis. Sergio joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida in 2018.