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Profiles: Dr. Thomas Crocker '59

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Dr. Thomas Crocker '59
Retired Professor of Environmental Economics

As a high school student in Maine, Thomas Crocker '59 intended to pursue forestry at the state university. Instead, the headmaster at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield pushed him to apply to Bowdoin, where he was accepted "much to my surprise," he says. Thus began Tom's academic career, which would take him to the University of Missouri, where he earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, and later to teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, UC Berkeley and UC Riverside, and the University of Wyoming. "I have enjoyed school," Tom jokes.

Former Bowdoin Professor of Economics Albert Abrahamson helped mold Tom's interest in economics, encouraging him to consider a natural resources approach to the topic. Tom has published numerous papers on the subject and received awards for his research in 2001 and 2008 on behalf of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Despite the many accolades for his
independent research, teaching has brought Thomas the greatest satisfaction. "The most pleasing thing is seeing what some of my doctoral students have accomplished over the years," he says.

Tom currently splits his time between Maine and Wyoming, where he continues to publish his research on environmental economics.

Posted November 17, 2009