Stanford Experts

David Lobell

Professor, Earth System Science; Senior Fellow at Woods Institute for the Environment; Freeman Spogli Institute; and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research


(650) 725-2606



Professor Lobell’s research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas throughout the world. He studies the interactions between food production, food security and the environment using a range of modern tools. Current work focuses on three main areas of research: how to effectively adapt agriculture to climate change, how to reduce yield gaps in major cropping regions, and how to quantify environmental consequences of biofuel and food crop production. A common theme is the use of large datasets to constrain and improve models that represent our understanding of how the world works.