Dr. Richard Connor

Richard Connor

Education and Certificates

B.S. Agronomy, Texas A&M University 1965
M.S. Statistics, Texas A&M University 1967
Ph.D. 1970 Agricultural Economics 1970


1981-Present Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and T. M. O'Connor Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University.

1975-1981  Associate Professor/Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University.

1973-1975  Coordinator/Director, Office of Planning and Analysis, State University System of Florida.

1969-1973  Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida.


Richard's research focus is on the integration of economics with ecology in the management of grazing lands and related resources.  Typical projects for Richard include developing methods to select the optimal combination of wildlife/livestock enterprises while considering both biological diversity and relative levels and variation in enterprise costs and prices.  Much of his work has been devoted to development of integrated biophysical and economic models and decision support tools for analyzing the ecological and economic impacts of alternative technologies and/or policies on agricultural firms and regions. 

Richards's spare time is primarily spent managing the family ranching operations in Central Texas.

Technical Skills

Mathematical Programming, Simulation Modeling, Financial and Operations Management, Ecological Economics