BSc (Cal -Poly, San Luis Obispo, California), MSc, PhD (Oregon State)
Tom Nordblom's post-graduate research in agricultural and resource economics at Oregon State University focussed on issues of integrated livestock grazing and cropping in the Oregon Desert (MSc 1971) and the bio-economic processes perpetuating the historic 10-year cycles of US cattle inventories and prices (PhD 1981).
Over the following 17 years Dr Nordblom served as Farming Systems Economist in the Nile Valley, West Asia / North Africa and Central Asia regions with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), based at Aleppo, Syria; then a place of peace.
In 1998 he accepted an invitation to serve as Senior Research Fellow (agricultural economist) for the Weeds CRC at Charles Sturt University. Three years later in 2002 he joined NSW DPI, continuing with the Weeds CRC and the Salinity CRC, on a number of collaborative research projects.
He served as Principal Investigator on the research project 'Developing Environmental Service Policy for Salinity' supported by NSW DPI and funded by RIRDC and MDBC as well as the Salinity and Future Farming Industries CRCs, Victoria DPI and University of Western Australia. He completed a number of further economic research studies in the Strategy and Policy group of NSW DPI through March 2016.
Dr Nordblom presently serves as Adjunct Associate Prof at the Graham Centre with the School of Ag & Wine Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.