Dr. Marisa Zansler is the Director of Economic and Market Research Department at the Florida Department of Citrus with nearly 20 years experience in conducting and managing economic research and policy analysis of plant health management programs and regulations. She is responsible for implementing and overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of economic and market research data, and also manages research activities and relationships between the FDOC and the UF’s Florida Agricultural Marketing Research Center.
Prior to joining FDOC in September 2014, Dr. Zansler served 10 years as a senior staff economist at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, where she collaborated among a multidisciplinary team of scientists to analyze the economic impacts of policies designed to control the spread of pests and diseases that posed a threat to U.S. agricultural industries, including the Florida Citrus industry. During her time at APHIS she conducted an economic analysis in support of regulations allowing the interstate movement of Florida citrus nursery stock from citrus greening and the Asian citrus psyllid quarantined areas under a systems approach.
Dr. Zansler earned a Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida in 2004. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Agricultural Business, and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University.
Department: Economic & Market Research