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March 2015

Luanne Lohr

National Program Lead, Economics
201 14th Street SW, 3SE
District of Columbia
United States

Phone: 202-507-1675
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Current Research

Using market incentives to obtain desired ecosystem results is a focus of my previous and current work. I am particularly interested in risk-adjusted return on investment for forest restoration, optimal timing of restoration activities, and integrated management for tangible and intangible outputs. Recognizing and quantifying tradeoffs of policy and economic objectives for natural resource management is a key function of economic analysis.

Research Interests

Market and Price Analysis, Supply Chains, Certification, Ecosystem Service Valuation

Why This Research is Important

Research on the tradeoffs associated with restoration choices informs natural resources policy and land management decisions and can anticipate emerging natural resource issues when integrated with climate change and its effects. As a practical matter, it is not often possible to have a "win-win" situation that optimizes all the desired results of a project or policy. Identifying, describing, and quantifying the tradeoffs over space, time, and markets provide valuable support for informed decisionmaking.


  • University of California - Davis, Ph.D. Agroforestry, Econometrics, Natural Resource Economics, Marketing 1989
  • University of California - Davis, M.S. Natural Resource Economics, Production Economics, Public Policy 1985
  • University of Kentucky, B.S. Agronomy - soils, Strip mine reclamation 1981
  • University of Kentucky, B.A. Economics 1981

Professional Experience

  • Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service - Transportation and Marketing Program
    2012 - 2014
  • Senior Economist, USDA Economic Research Service - Markets and Trade Economics Division
    2009 - 2012
  • Faculty (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor), University of Georgia - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
    1993 - 2009
  • Endowed Chair in Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota - Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
    2001 - 2002
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Department of Agricultural Economics
    1992 - 1993
  • Faculty (Assistant Professor and Natural Resources Policy Extension Specialist), Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics
    1989 - 1992
  • Post-Graduate Researcher in Agroforestry, California Department of Food and Agriculture
    1988 - 1989
  • Environmental Economist , Envirosphere Company
    1987 - 1988
  • Environmental Economist, Research Triangle Institute
    1984 - 1985
  • Laboratory Technician, University of Kentucky - Department of Agronomy
    1980 - 1982

Professional Organizations

  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Member (2014 - Current)
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Member (1989 - Current)


  • Frey, Gregory E.; Blatner, Keith A.; Jacobson, Michael G.; Starbuck Downes, C. Meghan; Sills, Erin O.; Mercer, D. Evan; Alexander, Susan J.; Chamberlain, James L.; Gold, Michael A.; Godsey, Larry D.; Emery, Marla R.; Coffin, Alisa W.; Barlow, Rebecca J.; Lohr, Luanne . 2018. Economics of nontimber forest products..

Last updated on : 07/01/2020