Disturbance Economics Research

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Our research into the economics of forest disturbances is made up a variety of studies into the economics of wildfires, both in the Southern and the Western United States.

The economics of invasive species is also a current research priority that falls into this area.

Both issues build on a longer history of research by this Unit into issues of forest disturbances and health, including abiotic agents of stress such as hurricanes, air pollution and climate change, and biotic stressors such as southern pine beetle and fusiform rust.

The work also complements other research by the Unit into timber markets, non-market valuation, and landscape-scale processes such as forest fragmentation and land use change.

Our research areas include: