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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Thomas P. Holmes

Research Forester
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-549-4031
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Current Research

My overall research goal is to develop economic knowledge that clarifies the linkages between healthy forests and societal well-being so that improved forest management, conservation and preservation strategies can be designed.  Much of my current research is focused on understanding the non-market values provided by forests and how the values of forest ecosystem services are affected by biological disturbances, changes in climate, and overall trends in economic development.  I am also currently conducting research on the behavioral linkages between economics and psychology and am especially interested in how people make decisions under conditions of risk and uncertainty.  In addition, I am also studying how strategies such as reduced-impact logging and community forest management can contribute to the long-term sustainability of tropical forests while improving the quality of life for people who call the forest their home.       


  • University of Connecticut, Ph.D. Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1986

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
    1988 - Current
  • Economist, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
    1986 - 1987

Awards & Recognition

  • Sören Wibe Award , 2012
    Awarded by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for best journal article published in the Journal of Forest Economics during the previous 2 years.
  • Southern Research Station: Director's Team Award for Natural Resource Stewardship, 2008
    In recognition of contributions made by publishing the book “The Economics of Forest Disturbances – Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species".

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Research Highlights


Economics and Spread of Invasives

An SRS scientist recently led an interdisciplinary team that proposed new methods for evaluating the economic damages of invasive species on for ...


Last updated on : 05/19/2014