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Nate Anderson, Research Forester

Nathaniel (Nate) Anderson

Research Forester
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula
Montana
United States
59801-5801

Phone: 406-329-2122
Fax: 406-543-2663
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Current Research

1. Financial and economic analysis of forest-based bioenergy and bioproduct supply chains 2. Forest operations research and engineering 3. Harvested wood products carbon accounting 4. New remote sensing and GIS techniques for estimating, analyzing and mapping natural resources 5. 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 ecology, economics, and public policy. I pursue applied research that bridges the divide between basic scientific inquiry and widespread adoption of new approaches and technologies for sustainable natural resources management. Most of the work I do is focused on managing forest ecosystems, and blends elements of silviculture, remote sensing and GIS, climate science, finance, operations engineering, and supply chain management. Almost all of my projects include 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 of 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, the use of forest biomass for energy, fuels and products 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 supply chains.

Education

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

Professional Experience

  • Co-Principal Investigator/Project Manager, Longleaf pine inventory, mapping, monitoring, and analysis: Outputs for cross-ownership conservation and restoration
    2015 - Current
    Funded by the US Forest Service and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Executive Leadership Committee, Sustainable biofuel feedstocks from beetle-killed wood: Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR).
    2013 - Current
    Funded by the AFRI-CAP Sustainable Bioenergy Competitive Grants Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator, Integration of biofuels and bioproducts production into forest products supply chains using modular biomass gasification and carbon activation.
    2011 - Current
    Funded by the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) Competitive Grants Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Project Director/Co-Principal Investigator, Expanding bioenergy production from mill and fuel treatment residues in the southern Rocky Mountains: Quantifying supply, demand, energy balance, and emissions.
    2012 - 2015
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Plan.
  • Project Manager, Incorporating project-level analysis and enhanced decision support into the OptFuels fuel treatment planning system for the Lake Tahoe Basin.
    2012 - 2014
    Funded by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, Competitive Grant Program.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Regional assessments of carbon in harvested wood products: Estimates for the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region, 1906 to 2010.
    2010 - 2014
    Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Forest Service, Resource Information Management Board.
  • Project Manager, Delivery of a novel GIS raster utility to facilitate high-resolution spatial analysis of ecologically diverse landscapes.
    2012 - 2013
    Funded by RMRS Science Application and Integration Program, U.S. Forest Service National Fire Plan.
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Project Manager, Integrating modular pyrolysis processing into forest operations to improve the sustainability and efficiency of treatment residue utilization.
    2010 - 2013
    Funded by the Woody Biomass, Bioenergy, and Bioproducts Competitive Grant, U.S. Forest Service Research and Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Uncompahgre Plateau restoration: Assessing the economic feasibility and net greenhouse gas emissions of producing bioenergy from forest and range treatment residues.
    2010 - 2013
    Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Competitive Research Initiative.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Biochar from biomass: A process for utilizing forest treatment and mill residues.
    2010 - 2012
    Funded by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Competitive Research Initiative.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 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.
    2010 - 2012
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, National Fire Plan.
  • Postdoc, Assessing costs and benefits of alternative methods for handling and transporting forest treatment residues for bioenergy.
    2009 - 2010
    Funded by the U.S. Forest Service, RMRS Agenda 2020 Research Initiative.
  • Postdoc, Economic and environmental analysis of mobile fast pyrolysis deployed under field conditions.
    2009 - 2010
    Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Postdoc, Sustainable forest bioenergy production using in-woods fast pyrolysis conversion including bio-oil production and biochar soil amendment.
    2009 - 2010
    Funded by the Woody Biomass, Bioenergy, and Bioproducts Competitive Grant, U.S. Forest Service Research and Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • PhD Student/Research Assistant, The impact of wood procurement pressure on sustained yield management on private non-industrial forestland in the Northern Forest.
    2007 - 2009
    Funded by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

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