Professor Doering has teaching, research and outreach extension responsibilities in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He is a public policy specialist on economic issues affecting agriculture, natural resources, the environment, and energy. He has served the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) working on the 1977 and 1990 Farm Bills. In 1997 he was the Principal Advisor to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for implementing the 1996 Farm Bill and served NRCS again in 2005. From 1985 to 1990 he was director of Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group. In 1999 he was the economic assessment team leader for the White House National Hypoxia Assessment of the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Doering has served on five National Research Council Committees working on Mississippi River water quality as well as on other water and regulatory issues. He has been a member of the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board, also served on the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and chaired the Science Advisory Board’s Integrated Nitrogen Committee. He is a member of the Department of Interior’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee. From 2009 to 2014 he directed Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center.
Professor Doering has been a visiting professor at Berkeley, Cornell, and North Carolina A&T State University. He is a National Science Foundation evaluator for the NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Program. Dr. Doering has served on Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the Governor’s Education Roundtable, and chaired Indiana’s Articulation and Transfer Committee. He was President of the American Agricultural Economics Association, 2007-8, and has received the AAEA’s Distinguished Policy Contribution Award as well as its Extension Economics Teaching Award. He was one of many scientists supporting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has overseas experience with the Ford Foundation, primarily in Southeast Asia. In previous lives he has worked as a horse wrangler in the Canadian Rockies and as a legal investigator in New York City. He has degrees from Cornell University (BA, PhD) and the London School of Economics (MSC. Econ.).
Professor Doering teaches “The Economic Geography of World Food and Resources” to undergraduates and teaches research methods to graduate students. His publications include books on the 1996 Farm Act and another on the effects of climate change and variability on agricultural production systems. He also has written on agricultural policy, conservation and water quality issues, environmental policy and regulation, and on the policy and economic issues involving excess nutrients.