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Nate Anderson, Research Forester

Nathaniel (Nate) Anderson

Research Forester
200 East Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-329-3398
Fax: 406-329-3487
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Current Research

1. Harvested wood products carbon accounting 2. Forest-level and regional economic analysis of biomass supply chains 3. Forest operations research, including productivity, financial and economic analysis of new systems for harvesting woody biomass 4. Research and development of advanced pyrolysis and gasification technologies for applications in the forest sector.

Research Interests

In general, I am fascinated by research questions that rest squarely at the intersection of economics, ecology, and public policy. I am interested in pursuing applied research that bridges the divide between basic research and widespread deployment of new approaches and technologies for sustainable natural resources management. I am especially interested in quantifying the financial viability, energy balance, and atmospheric emissions of evolving market-based alternatives for using small diameter trees and logging residues from forest restoration treatments to produce new products, fuels and energy. For example, I am currently examining the costs and benefits of integrating advanced biomass gasification systems into sawmill operations to produce heat, electricity, and activated carbon, in addition to conventional solid wood products. This applied research includes close collaborations with forest managers, industry professionals, and agency and academic researchers in a broad range of disciplines.

Past Research

1. GIS-based spatial analysis of sawmill wood procurement 2. Cross-border wood procurement in the northeast United States and Canada 3. The effects of forestland parcelization and ownership transfers on nonindustrial private forest stocking and wood flow to sawmills 4. Geographic variation in heart size of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) 5. Landowner cooperatives.

Why This Research is Important

Rapid changes in forest management objectives, silvicultural techniques, and production technologies, have left significant knowledge gaps in our understanding of the short and long-term environmental, economic and social impacts of new options for managing forest resources. Understanding the costs and benefits these options can help individuals, businesses and communities make informed choices to enhance the broad range of market and non-market benefits that forests provide. Science-based knowledge is also a critical tool in guiding the management of National Forests and Grasslands. Among the most prominent management challenges, forest biomass utilization for energy and fuel poses a wide range of compelling questions related to net greenhouse gas emissions, the sustainability of harvest, and the economic feasibility of new technologies and associated bioenergy supply chains.

Education

  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, Ph.D. Forest Resources Management, 2008
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD, MS Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, 2003
  • Bates College, Lewiston, ME, BS Biology with a concentration in Ecology, 1996

Professional Experience

  • Co-Principal Investigator/Executive Leadership Committee, 2013-2018. Funded by the AFRI-CAP Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
    2013 - Current
    Sustainable biofuel feedstocks from beetle-killed wood: Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR).
  • Project Manager, 2012-2014. Funded by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, Competitive Grant Program.
    2012 - Current
    Incorporating project-level analysis and enhanced decision support into the OptFuels fuel treatment planning system for the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Project Director/Co-PI, 2012-2014. Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Plan.
    2012 - Current
    Expanding bioenergy production from mill and fuel treatment residues in the southern Rocky Mountains: Quantifying supply, demand, energy balance, and emissions.
  • Project Director/Co-PI, 2011-2016. Funded by the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) Competitive Grants Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
    2011 - Current
    Integration of biofuels and bioproducts production into forest products supply chains using modular biomass gasification and carbon activation.
  • Project Manager, 2012-2013. Funded by RMRS Science Application and Integration Program, U.S. Forest Service National Fire Plan.
    2012 - 2013
    Delivery of a novel GIS raster utility to facilitate high-resolution spatial analysis of ecologically diverse landscapes.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2013. Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Forest Service, Resource Information Management Board.
    2010 - 2013
    Regional assessments of carbon in harvested wood products: Estimates for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region, 1906 to 2010.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2013. Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Competitive Research Initiative.
    2010 - 2013
    Uncompahgre Plateau restoration: Assessing the economic feasibility and net greenhouse gas emissions of producing bioenergy from forest and range treatment residues.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2012. Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Competitive Research Initiative.
    2010 - 2012
    Biochar from biomass: A process for utilizing forest treatment and mill residues.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2012. Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Plan.
    2010 - 2012
    Mapping current and potential flows of biomass from national forest treatment operations to power and cogeneration facilities in a critical management region of the interior west.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 2010-2012. Funded by the Woody Biomass, Bioenergy, and Bioproducts Competitive Grant, U.S. Forest Service Research and Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    2010 - 2012
    Integrating modular pyrolysis processing into forest operations to improve the sustainability and efficiency of treatment residue utilization.
  • Postdoc, 2009-2010. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    2009 - 2010
    Economic and environmental analysis of mobile fast pyrolysis deployed under field conditions.
  • Postdoc, 2009-2010. Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, RMRS Agenda 2020 Research Initiative.
    2009 - 2010
    Assessing costs and benefits of alternative methods for handling and transporting forest treatment residues for bioenergy.
  • Postdoc, 2009-2010. Funded by the Woody Biomass, Bioenergy, and Bioproducts Competitive Grant, U.S. Forest Service Research and Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    2009 - 2010
    Sustainable forest bioenergy production using in-woods fast pyrolysis conversion including bio-oil production and biochar soil amendment.
  • PhD Student/Research Assistant, 2007-2009. Funded by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.
    2007 - 2009
    The impact of wood procurement pressure on sustained yield management on private non-industrial forestland in the Northern Forest.

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