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Sergio Alvarez, PhD has been an Assistant Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management since 2018. He is an expert in natural resource economics, researching how natural resources and the environment contribute to human well-being through the provision of ecosystem services such as food, recreation, and protection from natural and man-made hazards. Between 2013 and 2018, Sergio served as the Chief Economist at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he gained practical experience in state government and policy analysis. He has experience with econometrics, statistics, optimization, and survey research.