COLLEGE STATION – Dr. David Bessler, a Regents Professor in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University, recently was named Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a recognition held by less than 3.6 percent of association membership.
Bessler received the recognition for career contributions in the field of time-series econometrics and applications to commodity markets and price forecasting. The award was given recently at the association’s national conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In addition to research, Bessler has made career contributions to the classroom, teaching, mentoring and service, said Dr. John Nichols, department head.
“David has been a leader in strengthening the department’s culture of research scholarship and graduate student engagement,” Nichols said. “He’s a scholar’s scholar. His productivity and excitement for economics and time-series analysis is inspirational for all who come into contact with him through his professional activities. This recognition is a high honor for David, the department and Texas A&M.”
His 34-year record of innovation in methods of inference and forecasting with economic time-series data has contributed to new approaches to issues of causation and understanding of economic phenomena in commodity markets, Nichols said.
Bessler has received numerous professional awards for his publications and scholarship. At Texas A&M, he was named a Regents Professor in 2007. In 2006, he received the Association of Former Students Award for Distinguished Achievement in Graduate Student Mentoring. That same year he received the inaugural Presidential Award for Faculty Service to International Students. In 2003, he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research.
Bessler earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. He earned his doctorate from the University of California-Davis and joined the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M in 1982.