Pests, Germs and Seeds:  
The Economics of Policies, Programs, and Technologies for Managing Agricultural Pests and Diseases

Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 2014

University of California, Davis, California 95616

Featured Speakers:

Pam Marrone

Dr. Pamela Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), started the company in 2006 to discover and develop effective and environmentally-responsible, biologically-based products for pest management and plant health. In August 2013, she led the company to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, raising net proceeds of $56.4 million.

Prior to establishing MBI, Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest (1995-2006) where she served as its CEO, Chairman and President. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president of Entotech, Inc. (1990-1995), a biopesticide subsidiary of Novo Nordisk. Pam started her career in biopesticides by leading the Insect Biology group at Monsanto (1983-1990), which was involved in pioneering projects based on natural products and plant biotechnology

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Pam is extremely active with industry and education related organizations. She is a founder and board member of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 70 biopesticide and related companies, is on the board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation and is a board member/treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Pam also serves on the UC Davis Ag and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Marrone has a B.S. in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University.




Alan L. Olmstead

Alan L. Olmstead is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of California at Davis. His recent book with Paul W. Rhode, Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development, examines three centuries of technological advance in American agriculture. He is one of six Editors-in-Chief of the 4,500 page Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present, Millennial Edition.  Professor Olmstead’s research has appeared in the leading economics and history journals. His next book with Paul W. Rhode, Arresting Contagion: Science, Policy, and Conflicts over Animal Disease Control, deals with the merging of science and public policy to advance animal and human health in the United States.  This is forthcoming with Harvard University Press in 2014.  Professor Olmstead has held a number of administrative and advisory positions and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History, and on the Executive Board of the Western Economics Association International.  He is a past president of the Economic History Association and the recipient of numerous research awards.




Alison L. Van Eenennaam

Cooperative Extension Specialist
Animal Genomics and Biotechnology
Department of Animal Science. UC Davis

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology” Carl Sagan. Academics are asked to provide balance to discussions about controversial topics despite the fact they are ill-suited to a twittering, blogging sound-bite world; and are increasingly paired with professional activists that are neither constrained by facts nor financially-disinterested in the controversy. Presenting in these venues requires a dramatically different skill set to that required for academic discussions. Yet mastering this skill set is requisite if technology is going to be a part of future solutions to “pests, germs, and seeds”.