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Personal Interests

David Sunding has extensive consulting, research, and expert witness experience in the economics of the environment, natural resources, energy and agriculture. He has testified in major cases before state and federal courts, regulatory bodies, and legislative committees.

He has assisted corporations, utilities, the federal government, and states in developing economic testimony in environmental and natural resource litigation. Prof. Sunding played a central role in some of the most important environmental cases of the past decade, including including Deepwater Horizon, SWANCC, Rapanos and Arch Coal. He has served as an expert in interstate water resource disputes of original jurisdiction at the U.S. Supreme Court, including Kansas v. Colorado, Texas v. New Mexico and Florida v. Georgia.

Prof. Sunding has conducted expert analysis concerning a range of industries, including oil and gas exploration and production, agriculture, utilities, chemicals, manufacturing, forestry, and real estate development. In addition to his environmental expertise, he has testified in cases concerning antitrust, product liability, commercial damages and takings.

Prof. Sunding holds the Thomas J. Graff Chair of Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the founding director of the Berkeley Water Center and currently serves as the chair of his department. He has won numerous awards for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and private foundations.

Prior to his current position at Berkeley, Professor Sunding served as a senior economist at President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has been appointed to panels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and the National Academy of Sciences. He taught in the Department of Economics and the School of Law at Boston College, and as a visiting professor in the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University.

Representative Engagements
April 22, 2016
David L. Sunding, Martha Rogers, and Coleman D. Bazelon
Prepared for the CTIA Wireless Foundation
Valuing Urban Water Shortages
Published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Optimal Recycling Policy for Used Lubricating Oil: The Case of California’s Used Oil Management Policy
September 2014
Published in Environmental and Resource Economics
Review of 2014 EPA Economic Analysis of Proposed Revised Definition of Waters of the United States
May 15, 2014
Prepared for The Waters Advocacy Coalition
Conserving Endangered Species through Regulation of Urban Development: The Case of California Vernal Pools
May 2014
David L. Sunding and Jonathan Terhorst
Published in Land Economics
Land Markets and the Value of Water Supply: Hedonic Analysis using Panel Data
April 10, 2014
Published in the American Journal of Argicultural Economics
Potential Economic Impacts of Environmental Flows Following a Potential Listing of Endangered Texas Freshwater Mussels
April 7, 2014
David L. Sunding, Brad Wolaver, Cassandra Cook , Stephen F. Hamilton, Bridget Scanlon , Michael Young , Xianli Xu, and Robert Reedy
Published in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association
The Impact of Water Price Uncertainty on the Adoption of Precision Irrigation Systems
April 1, 2014
David L. Sunding and Karina Schoengold
Published in Agricultural Economics
Environmental Policy with Collective Waste Disposal
September 2013
David L. Sunding, Stephen F. Hamilton, Thomas Sproul, and David Zilberman
Published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Fish Consumption in Portland Harbor
October 23, 2012
David L. Sunding and Steven Buck
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Economic Benefits of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan
June 20, 2012
David L. Sunding, Armando Levy, and Steven Buck
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
An Optimal Policy for Recycling of Used Lubricating Oil
March 5, 2012
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.
Economic Analysis of SB568’s Proposed Polystyrene Ban
June 24, 2011
Prepared for Dart Industries, Inc.
Incentive Effects of EPA’s Ex Post Veto of a Clean Water Act Discharge Permit Issued to Arch Coal
May 10, 2011
Published by The Brattle Group, Inc.

An avid mountain biker, Dave lives in Marin County with his wife and two daughters.