Michael D Smith
Michael is a Supervisory Research Economist who leads the Economic and Social Sciences Research Program at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries. His research focuses on the economics of climate policy and identifying the impacts of climate change and cascading hazards. He is a chapter author on the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5). He also serves as a subject matter expert for the World Meteorological Organization, drafting their Capacity Development Strategy for developing and small island nations. Before coming to NOAA Fisheries, he worked as a research economist in the NOAA Chief Economist’s Office.
Formerly, Michael worked at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where his work focused on the economics of substance abuse, mental health service delivery, and infectious diseases. Prior to joining SAMHSA, he worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service (ERS) at USDA, identifying the determinants and effects of food insecurity (both domestically and internationally) and quantifying the benefits of food assistance programs. Before joining ERS, he worked as a statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau in the Research and Development and Innovation Survey Branch, a survey cosponsored by the National Science Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University, an M.A. in economics from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Geophysics, from the University of Hawaii, at Mānoa.