Ellen Bruno is an Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension in quantitative policy analysis. Dr. Bruno received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis and her B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in Management Science from UC San Diego. Bruno is developing an extension program that focuses on policy issues relevant to California’s agriculture and natural resources. Her current research considers the potential and effectiveness of water-related policies, which includes understanding how farmers respond to changes in water prices. Her work is motivated by climate change and the need for strategies that mitigate the economic costs of drought. As an extension economist, she works with state and local government agencies, as well as nonprofits and practitioners, to improve the management of California's water supplies.