Serhat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Business at California State University, Fresno. He moved to Fresno in September 2014 and developed research on California industries in the Institute for Food and Agriculture. He earned his doctoral degree in Applied Economics from Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. He has extensive experience with all three missions of a university: research, teaching, and extension. Serhat holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering (2000) and a master’s degree in Food Economics and Management (2008).
Serhat’s research focuses on three key areas: agricultural decision-making under uncertainty, econometric modeling and international trade. He has applied his analytic and quantitative skills to the projects about water demand; water quality policy for agricultural areas; stochastic production function modeling; investment under uncertainty; international trade; differential demand and production systems; and agricultural land allocation.
Serhat also acquired international experience from European Union research projects. He worked as a researcher in the multinational EU projects focused on traceability, logistics and food quality schemes having primary duties on public survey design, administration, and analysis, public outreach, project management, budget analysis, and development of funding proposals.
Previously, Serhat worked as a post-doctoral associate in the University of Florida and before that he was teaching assistant for natural resource economics, econometrics, price analysis and macroeconomics, leading classes as a guest lecturer on a regular basis and working closely with students to help them with the coursework. Serhat also served as a president of the Graduate Student Organization, and a member of the Academic Committee at the University of Florida.