Michael Gold

Michael A. Gold, Ph.D.

Research Professor

Associate Director
Center for Agroforestry

Educational Facilitator
Mizzou Advantage


  • Ph.D. 1984, Michigan State University


  • Specialty crop research to enhance market development of agroforestry products; Chestnut orchard production and market research directed to development of chestnut (mainly Chinese cultivars - Castanea mollissima) as a viable horticultural crop for Missouri/Midwest producers; Elderberry market and consumer research.


Selected Publications

  • Jose, S. and Gold, M.A. 2014. Agroforestry. In Rowe, D. (Ed.) Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices. 1st Edition. Macmillan Reference, MI, USA.
  • Gold, M.A. Agroforestry. 2014. Encyclopaedia Brittanica Online. Encyclopaedia Brittanica Inc.
  • Jose, S., M.A. Gold and H.E. Garrett. 2012. The Future of Temperate Agroforestry in the United States. In: Garrity, D.P. and P.K.R. Nair (eds). Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use. Advances in Agroforestry, Volume 9. Springer Science.
  • Cernusca, M.M., L.D. Godsey and M.A. Gold. 2012. Using the Porter Model to Analyze the U.S. Elderberry Industry. Agroforestry Systems (DOI) 10.1007/s10457-012-9546-0
  • Gold, M.A. and S. Jose. 2012. An Interdisciplinary Online Certificate and Master's Degree Program in Agroforestry. Agroforestry Systems DOI: 10.1007/s10457-012-9522-8
  • Valdivia, C., C. Barbieri and M.A. Gold. 2012. Between Forestry and Farming: Policy and Environmental Implications of the Barriers to Agroforestry Adoption. Canadian Journal of Ag. Economics 60(2):155-175.
  • Byers, PL., AL Thomas, MM Cernusca, MA Gold and LD Godsey. 2012. Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri. UMCA Agroforestry in Action Guide AF 1016-2012. 12 p.
  • Hunt, K., M. Gold, W. Reid and M. Warmund. 2012. Growing Chinese Chestnut in Missouri (revised). UMCA Agroforestry in Action Guide AF1007-2012. 16 p.
  • Cernusca, M.M., F.X. Aguilar and M.A. Gold. 2011. Post-purchase Evaluation of U.S. Consumers' Preferences for Chestnuts. Agroforestry Systems DOI 10.1007/s10457-011-9462-8
  • Aguilar F.X., M.M. Cernusca, M.A. Gold and C. Barbieri. 2010. Frequency of consumption, familiarity and preferences for chestnuts in Missouri. Agroforestry Systems 79:19-29.
  • Aguilar, F.X., M.M. Cernusca, and M.A. Gold. 2009. A preliminary assessment of consumer preferences for chestnuts (Castanea spp.) using conjoint analysis. HortTechnology 19(1): 216-223.