In today’s ever-changing world, social science goes hand-in-hand with policy development and enforcement. In keeping with the department’s traditional core strengths in market and non-market forest economics, our faculty and students look through both a domestic and international lens to tackle the forest-related economics and policy issues of today while promoting sustainable forest management.
Our core values in natural resources economics and policy are naturally extended through complementary research on values and behaviors associated with wildlife and land stewardship. Research cooperatives like SOFAC, which supports modeling and analysis of timber markets, and the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy (CenREP) strengthen our graduate programs and industry leadership.
Natural Resources Economics and Policy Research Features
Biological and market responses of pine forests in the US Southeast to carbon fertilization
In this study, Dr. Bob Apt explores how changes in pine growth in forests in the Southeast United States will impact forest markets and regional carbon sequestration.
Profitability and risk sources in global timberland investments
Dr. Fred Cubbage examines the primary factors that influence internal rates of returns in several global timber plantation investment opportunities, from the loblolly pine on the U.S. Atlantic coastal plain to pine and oak stands in Poland.
Meet Our Natural Resources Economics and Policy Faculty
Interested in Natural Resources Economics and Policy research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.