Daria A. Scala is a policy analyst who specializes in U.S. agricultural-environmental policy, climate change policy, and ecological economics. At the University of Maryland, Dr. Scala teaches Sustainability, a cross-disciplinary upper-level undergraduate course co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and the College of Agricultural & Natural Resources, and Ecological Economics, a master-level course at the School of Public Policy.
She is concurrently employed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency with the United States Department of Agriculture, where she evaluates potential environmental impacts of implemented conservation policy and proposed legislative actions. Dr. Scala received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland in College Park in 2012.
Her dissertation research traced the evolution of agricultural-environmental policy in the United States and asked how the availability of information on natural resource conditions impacted its course. Her Master's degree is in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology also from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Scala holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Throughout her career, Daria has engaged in research across multiple policy fields, including urban planning, climate change, international development, water use policy and has used a variety of analytical tools, including dynamic modeling, statistical modeling, environmental economics, ecological economics, and archival research.