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Thomas P. Holmes

Emeritus Scientist
Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254
Research Triangle Park
North Carolina
United States

Phone: 919-549-4031
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Current Research

My overall research goal is to describe how healthy forests contribute to individual and societal well-being over the long run. Much of my current research is focused on understanding how non-market valuation methods can be used to quantify a broad suite of forest ecosystem service values. I'm also currently researching topics in wilderness economics, behavioral economics, invasive species, climate change, wildfire risk, and conservation policy.


  • 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


Analyzing How to Increase Fireline Production Efficiency

Operational data on fireline production rates are generally lower than the rates identified by expert panel estimates. This study found the lowe ...


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 ...


Estimating the contribution of forests to the economic value of water resource ecosystem services

Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital. Changes in forest cover could affect water resources. This study describes how to est ...


Wilderness areas contribute to economic health of rural communities

Forest Service scientists Tom Holmes and Eric White collaborated with Evan Hjerpe of the Conservation Economics Institute to estimate the econom ...


Last updated on : 02/26/2021