Dr. David Yoskowitz serves as the Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Yoskowitz is the third director of the institute and was chosen to lead HRI in July of 2020.
Yoskowitz has spent much of his career on the A&M-Corpus Christi campus, holding both faculty and administrative positions over the past 20 years. He previously served as HRI’s Associate Director for Research, Policy, and Development, and was chosen as one of the institute’s founding chairs as HRI’s Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics.
As an economist, Yoskowitz came to HRI with interest and experience in applying a unique skillset to coastal, ocean, and watershed issues. HRI gave him the opportunity to integrate his work with his natural science colleagues to examine critical environmental and resilience issues of the Gulf of Mexico. His work has focused on elucidating the link between environmental well-being and human well-being and moving practice into policy. He has worked to inventory and value ecosystem services for the Gulf of Mexico region and quantify the impact of sea-level rise on coastal community resiliency. Though based here in Corpus Christi, his research has taken him through much of North and Central America including Cuba, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador, and Mexico.
Yoskowitz held the position of Chief Economist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2014-2015), where he co-chaired an interagency task force under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that developed a research agenda around coastal green infrastructure and ecosystem services. Working with the NOAA Social Science Committee, he helped develop the agency’s first Social Science Vision and Strategy.
Yoskowitz serves on the Board of Directors of Indifly, which is dedicated to using recreational fisheries to create sustainable livelihoods for indigenous peoples around the world. Yoskowitz also served on the National Research Council Committee on the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Mississippi Canyon-252 Oil Spill on Ecosystem Services in the Gulf of Mexico. He previously sat on the SocioEconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
Selected Publications: Dr. Yoskowitz continues to leverage the data developed through his studies to provide the economic perspective to the decision making process.
Hindsley, P. and D. Yoskowitz. 2020. Global change—Local values: Assessing tradeoffs for coastal ecosystem services in the face of sea level rise. Global Environmental Change. 12 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102039
Wowk, K., L. McKinney, F. Muller-Karger, R. Moll, S. Avery, E. Escobar-Briones, D. Yoskowitz and R. McLaughlin. 2017. Evolving academic culture to meet societal needs. Palgrave Communications 3:35, 7pp. DOI: 10.1057/s41599-017-0040-1
Yoskowitz, D., C. Carollo, J. Beseres Pollack, C. Santos, K. Welder. 2017. Integrated Ecosystem Services Assessment: Valuation of Changes due to Sea Level Rise in Galveston Bay, TX. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 13: 431-443. DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1798
Yoskowitz, D., S. Werner, C. Carollo, C. Santos, T. Washburn, G. Isaksen. 2016. Gulf of Mexico Offshore Ecosystem Services: Relative Valuation by Stakeholders. Marine Policy. 66:132-136.
Yoskowitz, D. and M. Russell. 2015. Human Dimensions of Our Estuaries and Coasts. Estuaries and Coasts. 38 S1: 1-8.
Wetz, M.S. and D.W. Yoskowitz. 2013. An ‘extreme’ future for estuaries? Effects of extreme climatic events on estuarine water quality and ecology. Marine Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 69, No. 1-2. pp: 7-18.
Jordan, S., S. Hayes, D. Yoskowitz, L. Smith, J. Summers, M. Russell, and W. Benson. 2010. Accounting for natural resources and environmental sustainability: Linking ecosystem services to human well-being. Environmental Science & Technology 44:1530-1536.
D. Yoskowitz and P. Montagna. 2009. Socio-economic factors that impact the desire to protect freshwater flow in the Rio Grande, USA. Ecosystems and Sustainable Development VII. Edited by C.A. Brebbia and E.Tiezzi. WIT Press.