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Lambert & AREC Receive World-Class Ranking

Dayton Lambert, associate professor with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), has been ranked 23rd among the world’s top 50 authors by the number of top four regional scientific journal publications.

The rankings are comprised of an impressive array of scholars from institutions such as Harvard, the University of Barcelona, and the London School of Economics.

The same study, conducted by Oklahoma State University, also ranks Lambert 36th by total journal impact factors (IF) and 39th for number of 10 core regional science journal publications.

“It’s important for Tennesseans to understand how their community and state fit into the larger fabric of our national and global economy,” says Lambert. “My research examines what local assets can be leveraged to sustain economic growth, maintain environmental quality, and enhance community wellbeing in a fiercely competitive economy.”

Lambert’s research base is relevant and diverse in areas such as rural development, regional economics, and production economics. The following represents a small sampling of his research topics:

  • Local determinants of business establishment entry, growth and demise
  • Jobs, income, and population growth in Tennessee, Appalachia, and the nation
  • Water use by agriculture and non-agricultural sectors
  • Adoption of conservation agriculture by smallholder farmers in sub-Sharan Africa
  • Adoption of precision agriculture by upland cotton producers in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Adoption of Best Management Practices to improve water quality by livestock producers in East Tennessee
  • Impacts of herbicide-resistant weeds on costs in cotton production
  • Biomass production impacts on water quality
  • Producer participation in programs promoting locally grown fruits and vegetables

“Dayton is a hard-working faculty member who excels at research and doesn’t stop until the resulting research article is published in a scientific journal,” says AREC Department Head Delton Gerloff. “Then he takes the research to the classroom where his students can benefit from top-level and current research findings.”

“From the educational standpoint, what’s most gratifying to me is working intensively, one-on-one, with students until they reach that ‘Ah ha!’ moment,” says Lambert. “At that point, I’m confident I’ve done my job transferring what I know to the next generation of scholars.”

Students will also benefit from a world-ranked department, as AREC received a 78th and 66th ranking for 10 core articles and regional IF-weighted articles, respectively, on a global basis.

Nationally, the department ranked 31st based on the 10 core regional science journals.

“Obviously, we are pleased with the positive recognition for our department. It simply reflects the quality of our faculty and staff and the hard work they put in every day,” says Gerloff. “We look forward to continued success in all areas of our departmental mission.”

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.