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Jeffrey Prestemon

Project Leader
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-549-4033
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Current Research

Principal study areas: (i) economic and statistical analysis of forest-based disturbances, (ii) international trade, and (iii) timber market structure and function. A major focus of disturbance research is to understand the production of wildfire and its management, and to expand understanding of effective approaches to reducing the occurrences of green crimes. Markets research evaluates domestic and international forest product and timber price relationships. Trade research primarily seeks to identify the role of the U.S. forest sector in world markets.

Research Interests

Understanding, predicting, and forecasting arson (incendiary) and intentional wildfires

Understanding, predicting, and forecasting accidentally ignited wildfires

Understanding and forecasting suppression costs

Quantifying the effects and economic net benefits of wildfire hazard reduction treatments, such as mechanical treatments and prescribed fire

Understanding processes of illegal activities, including green crimes, occurring in forests

Understanding the national and global impacts of policies and programs to reduce rates of illegal logging and trade in illegally sourced forest products

Nonlinear and linear modeling of forest product market prices and spatial relationships

The economics of invasive, exotic, and endemic pests in forests

The economic impacts of hurricanes on timber markets

Why This Research is Important

Understanding how humans intervene intentionally and unintentionally intervene in forests, markets, and disturbance processes can improve policies and programs that seek to maximize public and private well-being. Scientific analyses of disturbances, markets, and trade can also provide platforms for testing hypotheses and broader theories related to biophysical processes, landowner behavior, criminal activity, potentially advancing knowledge in related fields of inquiry.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. Forest Economics, 1994
  • North Carolina State University, M.S. Forest Economics, 1989
  • Iowa State University, B.S. Forest Resource Management, 1983

Professional Experience

  • Project Leader, Economics and Policy Research (SRS-4804), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    2012 - Current
  • Research Forester, Economics of Forest Protection and Management (SRS-4851)/Economics and Policy Research (SRS-4804), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    1999 - 2012
  • Post-doctoral Economist, Economics of Forest Protection and Management (SRS-4851), Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    1995 - 1999
  • Research Associate, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    1994 - 1995
  • Research Assistant, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    1991 - 1994
  • Research Assistant, Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University
    1987 - 1990
  • Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Honduras
    1984 - 1986
  • Laboratory Technician, Iowa State University
    1980 - 1983

Professional Organizations

  • International Journal Of Wildland Fire, Associate Editor (2012 - Current)
    Manage the manuscript referee process for economics related submissions
  • Forest Science, Associate Editor (2004 - 2011)
    Manage the manuscript referee process for economics related submissions
  • Forest Policy And Economics, Associate Editor (2002 - 2006)
    Manage the manuscript referee process for economics related submissions

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


SRS-2012-19
Advances in Suppression Cost Forecasting for the Forest Service and the Department of Interior

2012


SRS-2011-09
Helping federal agencies manage fire budgets

Budgeting for wildfire suppression is increasingly difficult for federal for the Forest Service and Department of the Interior. In the past, fir ...

2011


SRS-2012-20
Wildfire Prevention Pays Big Dividends

Wildfire prevention efforts on tribal lands in the United States have benefits that likely exceed costs by at least tenfold

2012


Last updated on : 08/25/2014