Professor Tomich is the founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches in the new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major. He also directs the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). His research spans agriculture and farming systems, economic development, food policy, and natural resource management, including publications on Transforming Agrarian Economies: Opportunities Seized, Opportunities Missed (1995); Environmental Services and Land Use Change: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Research in Southeast Asia (2004); and Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing: A Manual for Assessment Practitioners (2010). His latest co-authored book, Is Nitrogen the Next Carbon?: Insights from the California Nitrogen Assessment (2016).