Aaron Smith is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, where he has been since 2001. Originally from New Zealand, he earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. He conducts empirical research on policy issues in energy, agricultural, and financial markets. Recent project topics include the effects of residential energy efficiency policies and programs, impacts and efficiency of biofuel policies, and understanding commodity booms and busts. His research as received the Quality of Research Discovery, Outstanding AJAE Article, and Quality of Communication Awards from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He served as an Associate Editor of American Journal of Agricultural Economics in 2009-2011.