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800 E. Beckwith Ave
Missoula, Montana 59801

(406) 542-4150


Dave E. Calkin, Research Forester

David E. Calkin is a research forester with the Economic Aspects of Forest Management on Public Lands unit 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.

Areas of research include economics of fuel reduction treatments, joint production analysis, and spatial modeling of silvicultural activities using heuristic optimization techniques.


Krista Gebert, Economist

Krista M. Gebert is an economist with the Economic Aspects of Forest Management on Public Lands unit at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana.  A native Montanan, Krista received a B.A. in economics with high honors in 1994 and an M.A. in economics in 1996, both from the University of Montana-Missoula.  Before that, she earned an A.A. degree in business administration from Western Montana College.  She was employed as an economist by the station from 1996 to 2000.  She then served as the Manufacturing Research Project Coordinator for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana for over a year before returning to a permanent position with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in July of 2001.

Areas of research over the years have included timber economics, federal revenue sharing and tax equivalency, and the economics of wildland fire management.


Kevin Hyde, METI, Hydrologist/Geographer


Edward Butler, University of Montana, Research Assistant

Edward earned his Master of Science degree (2005) from the University of Montana, College of Forestry and Resource Conservation (BA Univ. of Alabama). He has a background in natural resource modeling, GIS, geospatial positioning products and software (sales and training), and statistics. He has applied these skills to the modeling and analysis of silviculture, economics, sediment, social concerns and eco-process regimes such as fire (ecology & physics). Edward's primary research has been the development o f a model, using MAGIS decision support tool, for a 100k-ac watershed (Denver's primary water source) southwest of Denver. The model is used for trade-off analysis among various objectives and constraints with the goal affordable ecosystem restoration and protection of the watershed.


Jeff Kaiden, GIS Analyst


Julie Gilbertson-Day, GIS Analyst


Jon Rieck, University of Montana, GIS Analyst


Amy Steinke, METI, Data Analyst



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