Faculty Profile for Dr. Pratheesh Omana Sudhakaran

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Dr. Pratheesh Omana Sudhakaran
Assistant Professor — Department of Agriculture
Program Faculty — Department of Agriculture
AG 206
phone: (512) 245-2130

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph. D., Environment and Natural Resource Economics, University of Rhode Island
M.S., Aquaculture and Fisheries, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
B.S., Fisheries Science, Kerala Agricultural University

Pratheesh Sudhakaran is an applied economist with more than 12 years of experience in academic and industry in the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, natural resources and agriculture. Upon completing his Ph.D., Pratheesh started his teaching career in different educational institutions such as Tarrant County Community College. After working for a year, he joined Texas State University. He began his career in the economics of aquaculture production. During his Ph.D. he worked on different research projects on consumer behavior on food and natural resource management issues. His Ph.D. dissertation was selected as the Best Dissertation by the International Association of Aquaculture Economist (IAAEM) in 2016. One of the studies he conducted for his dissertation was used as a baseline economic study in framing shellfish management plan for the state of Rhode Island.

Some of the Dr. Sudhakaran’s current research interests include aquaculture and fisheries economics, food safety economics, natural resource economics and experimental economics.

Teaching Interests

Production Economics
Farm Management
Agribusiness Management
Quantitative Methods in Agriculture

Research Interests

Aquaculture and Fisheries economics,
Food safety economics,
Natural Resource Economics and
Experimental economics.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., Uchida, H., & Sproul, T. (2014). Demand and Market interaction analysis of Rhode Island wild-caught shellfish. Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan Economic Scope of Work.
  • Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., Roheim, C. A., & Durham, C. A. (2012). Certification of shrimp and salmon for best aquaculture practices: Assessing consumer preferences in RhodeIsland. Aquaculture Economics and Management, 16(3), 266–286.
  • Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., Heikes, D., Engle, C., & Pomerleau, S. (2012). Evaluation of a trawl to estimate the inventory of catfish in commercial ponds. Aquacultural Engineering, 48, 47–52.
  • Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., Engle, C. R., & Heikes, D. (2012). Evaluation of feed response methods to estimate inventory of catfish in commercial ponds. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 24(1), 32–41.
  • Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., Gorelick, S., Roheim, C. A., & Beutel, D. (2011). Ecolabeling of Seafood from aquaculture: A survey of Rhode Islander Consumer Preferences. URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Dissertation Award, International Association of Aquaculture Economists. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Mention, MS Thesis Award, International Association of Aquaculture Economists. 2011

Selected Service Activities

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Field of Study Advisory Committee for Agribusiness and Management
January 1, 2019-Present
Senate Liasion
Faculty Senate
September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019
Session Chair
International Seminar on Development and Marginalization of Fisher Folks in Kerala
January 7, 2019-January 7, 2019
Ag Econ Faculty Hiring Committee
October 2018-December 2018
Reviewer / Referee
Aquaculture Economics and Management
January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018