John Michael Ward, Ph.D.

John Michael Ward

Title: Economist
Company: College of William and Mary
Location: Gloucester, Virginia, United States

John Michael Ward, Ph.D., Economist at the College of William and Mary, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in natural resource economics.

Utilizing more than three decades of industry experience, Dr. Ward is an esteemed figure in the field of resource economics, having served as an economist in the Virginia marine advisory program within the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary since 2012. Alongside this illustrious appointment, he has been an industry team leader with the National Marine Fisheries Service since 2003. Prior to these roles, he was a standing member of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council from 2010 to 2015 and a chief economist for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Silver Spring, MD, from 1997 to 2003. He commenced his career as a senior economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in St. Petersburg, FL, from 1987 to 1997.

In addition to his primary professional endeavors, Dr. Ward was a longtime adjunct professor in the department of environmental and natural resource economics at the University of Rhode Island from 2003 to 2010, having also served in the same capacity within the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary from 2001 to 2010. He further acted in the same position within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida from 1989 to 2001. Throughout his career, he has been credited with the development of a bio-physical economic dynamic ecosystem computer simulation model, as well as the development of a Gulf of Mexico bio-economic shrimp fishery management computer simulation model.

Dr. Ward has shared his wealth of knowledge with his community by contributing myriad articles to professional journals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Maine, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from the University of Rhode Island. He has maintained affiliation with the Izaak Walton League, a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of America’s natural resources.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to economics, Dr. Ward has accrued several accolades. The four-time recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation for Service on the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, he also received a Bronze Medal from the United States Department of Commerce in 2004 and 2005, a Certificate of Recognition from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the United States Department of Commerce in 1993 and 1996, and an Award for Outstanding Performance in Economic Research from the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1982. He has also been highlighted in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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