US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Nathaniel M Anderson

Research Forester
Phone: 503-808-2000
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Current Research

1. Harvested wood products carbon accounting.2. Regional economic analysis of biomass utilization. 3. Forest operations research, including productivity, financial and economic analysis of new systems for harvesting woody biomass.4. The integration of advanced pyrolysis and gasification technologies into forest products supply chains.

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, biochar, 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

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.

Why This Research is Important

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.


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

Publications & Products

Last updated on : 01/15/2014