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Rocky Mountain Research Station

800 East Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 542-4150

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Dave Calkin, Research Forester

[Photograph]: Forest Service employees reviewing paperwork.Dave Calkin

is a research forester at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. Dave joined the Rocky Mountain Research Station in October 2002. Areas of research interest include wildland fire economics, economics of fuel treatments, biomass utilization, economics of ecosystem management, and multi-resource modeling.


Dave received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1988, a M.S. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Oregon State University in 2000. He worked as a research professional for the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1994 through 1995, and worked as a post-doctorate researcher with the University of Montana on a Joint Venture Agreement with the Pacific Northwest Research Station from 2001 through 2002.


Research Interests:
  • Economic decision support and risk assessment tools for fire management
  • Economic assessments of value change to highly valued resources from wildland fire
  • Modeling suppression costs associated with federal wildfire management
  • Fuel treatment economics and biomass utilization


Recent Publications:

Reinhardt, E.D., R.E. Keane, D.E. Calkin, J.D. Cohen. In Press. Objectives and Considerations for Wildland Fuel Treatment in the Interior Western United States. Forest Ecology and Management.

Calkin, D.E., J.G. Jones, and K.D. Hyde. 2008. Non-market Resource Valuation in the Post-fire Environment. Journal of Forestry. 106(6): 305-310.

Venn, T.J. and Calkin, D.E. In press. Challenges of socio-economically evaluating wildfire management on non-industrial private and public forestland in the western United States. Small-scale Forestry.

Canton-Thompson, J., B. Thompson, K. Gebert, D. Calkin, G. Donovan, J.G. Jones. In press. External human factors in Incident Management Team decision making and their effect on large fire suppression expenditures. Journal of Forestry.

Liang, J., D.E. Calkin, K.M. Gebert, T.J. Venn, and R.P. Silverstein. 2008. Factors influencing large wildland fire suppression expenditures. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 17: 650-659.

Calkin, D.E., K.D. Hyde, P.R. Robichaud, J.G. Jones, L.E. Ashmun, and D. Loeffler. 2007. Assessing post-fire values-at-risk with a new calculation tool. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-205. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 32 p.

Gebert, K.M., D.E. Calkin, and J. Yoder. 2007. Estimating suppression expenditures for individual large wildland fires. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 3: 188-196.

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