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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Stephanie Snyder

Operations Research Analyst
1992 Folwell Ave
St. Paul
United States

Phone: 651-649-5294
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Current Research

I develop optimization decision models that provide information useful to land managers in understanding alternatives, consequences, and tradeoffs associated with a range of land management decisions. The goal of my research is helping to facilitate more effective decision-making about how best to balance the host of environmental, social, and economic issues associated with natural resource planning, management, and decision-making. I have developed models for selecting habitat reserve sites, open space land acquisition, and scheduling timber harvests. I am currently developing new models for selecting grassland habitat reserve sites and open spaces in an urbanizing landscape, as well as starting a study to explore the utility of optimization models in designing ATV trail systems. I am also working on studies aimed at quantifying ecosystem services and values people hold for forest attributes.

Research Interests

I am very interested in conducting research aimed at identifying, quantifying, and estimating the valuesassociated with a range of different ecosystem services. I am most interested in understanding and quantifying the nonmarket values of forested ecosystems and then developing ways to incorporate this information into land management decision-making processes.

Why This Research is Important

My research helps managers determine efficient strategies, informs them about the consequences of their choices, and identifies the trade-offs inherent in complex land use and management decision-making. With this information, managers can make more effective decisions about how best to balance a host of competing objectives, priorities and goals inherent in land management


  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D. Systems Analysis for Public and Environmental Decision-Making 1996
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A. Systems Analysis for Public and Environmental Decision-Making 1992
  • Boston University, B.A. Physical Geography 1990

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

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Research Highlights


Decision Modeling Framework Improves Process for Awarding Firefighting Helicopter Contracts

Aviation managers desired ways to add more rigor, reliability and transparency to the process. NRS researcher Stephanie Snyder was part of a tea ...


Landowners Interested in Managing Family Forest Lands for Carbon

The nation's family forest lands have the potential to be an important contributor to carbon sequestration efforts, but only if their owners are ...


Study Assesses Private Forest Landowner Attitudes Towards Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Credit Trading

Forest lands, if managed in certain ways, can store excess atmospheric carbon, a key contributor to global climate change. This accumulated carb ...


Study Assesses Public Access to Private Land for Recreation Purposes

Scientists review opportunities, constraints, and possibilities for relieving recreational pressure on public lands


Last updated on : 02/09/2017